OpenView Network Node Manager: Designing and Implementing an Enterprise Solution

Book Description

  • Architecting, designing, implementing, and managing NNM solutions involving networks, desktop computers, and UNIX servers

  • All examples have been used in actual implementations

  • Covers capacity planning, firewall maintenance, cross-platform and best-practice issues

  • The only complete, practical guide to HP Network Node Manager!

    HP's OpenView Network Node Manager (NNM) is the industry's most powerful platform for enterprise-wide IP network management based on SNMP standards. Now, one of HP's leading NNM consultants has written the definitive, best-practices guide to implementing and managing OpenView NNM.

    OpenView Network Node Manager covers planning, architecture, deployment, configuration, administration, staffing, performance, firewalls, troubleshooting, and more. It also includes eight diverse case studies, straight from the author's extensive NNM experience in virtually every network environment: global manufacturers, computer firms, consultancies, engineering and scientific companies, colleges, and many more. Coverage includes:

  • Enterprise-class NNM deployment planning: requirements, operations agreements, hardware sizing and selection, piloting, and beyond

  • Staffing, training, management domains, and organizing network management for maximum efficiency

  • Deploying reliable, accurate, consistent and manageable Domain Name Services

  • Autodiscovering your network, refining the results to reflect your topology, and working with network maps

  • NNM day-to-day maintenance, event and performance management, optimization, and problem-solving

  • From day-to-day administration to long-term strategies, security to cross-platform issues, John Blommers delivers specific answers you can rely upon to maximize the value of OpenView NNM—and your entire enterprise network.

    Table of Contents

    1. Copyright
    2. Preface
    3. Acknowledgements
    4. List of Figures
    5. List of Tables
    6. Author Biography
    7. The NNM Project Deployment Plan
      1. Introduction
      2. Determining the Requirements that NNM Must Satisfy
      3. Sharing Project Plans and Information on a Web Site
      4. Drafting, Defining, and Finalizing an Operations Agreement
      5. Choosing Scalable Hardware at Each NNM Site
      6. Setting the Scope and Conducting a Pilot Test
      7. Identifying, Developing, or Buying NNM Training
      8. Defining Management Domains
      9. Planning for Ongoing Problem Resolution
      10. Planning for System, Database, and Map Backup and Recovery
      11. The Benefit of Using ITO for NNM System Management
      12. The Value of Consultants, System Admins, and Project Managers
      13. The Victory Celebration
      14. Planning for Operational Patching and Upgrading
    8. Planning a Robust Domain Name System
      1. Introduction
      2. Why DNS Is So Important to NNM
      3. The History of /etc/hosts
      4. Router Interfaces and DNS
      5. Reliability Designs for DNS
      6. The Purpose and Use of Delegation
      7. Sample DNS Configuration Files
      8. Loading Factors for DNS Systems
      9. NNM Caching
      10. Primary, Secondary, and Other Mysteries
      11. The Bigger Picture of a DNS Implementation
    9. Defining the Management Domain
      1. Introduction
      2. Determining the Communities of Interest in a Network
      3. Geographic Regions and Business Relationships
      4. Estimating the Size of a Management Domain
      5. Strategies for Defining and Discovering the Management Domain
      6. Configuration Files for Controlling the Management Domain
    10. The Excitement of First Discovery
      1. Introduction
      2. Discovery Without a seedfile
      3. Manually Guided Discovery
      4. Discovery Guided by a seedfile
      5. Demand Poll to Coax Along Discovery
      6. The Curse of Multiple SNMP Community Strings
      7. DNS Problems
      8. Fine-Tuning the Discovery Filter
      9. Tuning and Observing netmon Queues
      10. My Window Is Full of Icons
      11. Strategies for Containerizing the Internet Submap
      12. Saving Map Customizations
      13. Leveraging Lessons Learned With Other Map Builders
    11. Map Management Strategies
      1. Introduction
      2. Where The Read/Write Map Is Displayed
      3. Managing Map Customizations
      4. Using Autolayout and Overlay Features
      5. How NNM Uses the Repeater and Bridge MIBs
      6. Third-Party Map Management Tools
      7. Taking Screenshots of Maps
      8. Special Types of Network Devices
    12. Distributed Network Management
      1. Introduction
      2. The Management Station and Collection Station Relationship
      3. Configuring the Collection Station
      4. Deciding What Devices to Export
      5. Management Station SNMP Data Collection
      6. Monitoring NNM Systems With ITO and MeasureWare
      7. Configuring the Management Station
      8. Adding a Collection Station to an Operational Management Station
      9. The Impact of Rebuilding a Collection Station
    13. Configuration Management With NNM
      1. Introduction
      2. Nuggets in the Configuration Alarms Category
      3. Gold in ovtopodump
      4. Configuration Information Presented in NNM Maps
      5. Interface Information
      6. Creating Custom Menu Items
    14. Event Management With NNM
      1. Introduction
      2. Managed vs. Unmanaged Devices
      3. Traps From Expected and Unexpected Sources
      4. syslog Streams from Devices and ovevent
      5. Predefined and Custom Alarm Categories
      6. Customizing Event Actions
      7. Managing Event Histories and trapd.log
      8. Reducing Event Storms with ECS
    15. Performance Management with NNM
      1. Introduction
      2. Who Needs Performance Data?
      3. Providing Data for an SLA
      4. Determining Performance Data Retention Intervals
      5. Estimating SNMP Data Sample Rates
      6. The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle of SNMP Polling
      7. How Much Traffic Does NNM Create?
      8. SNMP Performance Data in MIB2 and Private MIBs
      9. Strategies for Setting Threshold Values
      10. How to Create MIB Expressions
      11. Viewing Performance Data Online
      12. Presenting Performance Data to the Consumer
      13. SNMPv2c and 64-bit Counters
      14. Collecting RMON Data
      15. Crossing Over into HP NetMetrix
      16. Capacity Planning
      17. Conclusion
    16. Managing Firewall Environments With NNM
      1. Introduction
      2. Defining the DMZ Environment
      3. Working With the Corporate Security Group
      4. Special Security Configuration for UNIX in the DMZ
      5. Firewalls and NNM Port Usage
      6. Router Access Control Lists and NNM
      7. Packet Filtering With a Router
      8. Accessing NNM Remotely
    17. Periodic Maintenance Tasks for NNM
      1. Introduction
      2. Using crontab Entries to Automate Backups
      3. Determining the Scope of the Backup
      4. Database Repairing
      5. Moving Newly Discovered Devices to Their Proper Container
      6. Backing Up Map Customizations
      7. Updating MIBs for New Devices
      8. Deleting Unwanted Maps
      9. Reviewing Configuration Alarms
      10. Perusing Log Files and Application Alarms
      11. Reviewing MeasureWare Data
      12. Perusing and Updating ITO Alarms
    18. A Day With NNM
      1. Introduction
      2. Custom Performance Management
      3. Testing an NNM Patch
      4. Verifying Correct Menu Operation
      5. Validating a New Procedure
      6. Testing Third-Party Applications
      7. Validating Operating System Changes
      8. Conducting Directed Discovery
      9. Creating a Special Purpose Map
      10. NNM and Routers
    19. Troubleshooting NNM
      1. Introduction
      2. Using Event Logs
      3. Consulting the Map for Related Objects
      4. Device Names Change Unexpectedly
      5. Network Topology Autolayout Errors
      6. DHCP Reassigns an IP address
      7. Autodiscovery Blues
      8. Detecting an Impending License Expiration
      9. NNM GUI Problems on UNIX Systems
    20. Cross-Platform Issues With NNM
      1. Introduction
      2. X-Windows Differences
      3. Java Issues
      4. Bandwidth and X-Windows
      5. Printing With NNM
    21. Staffing Issues for NNM
      1. Introduction
      2. Determining Users for the Read-Only Map
      3. Who Are the Keepers of the Maps?
      4. Who Creates MIB Applications?
      5. Who Troubleshoots NNM Itself?
      6. Who Resolves DNS Problems?
      7. Who Resolves NNM Problems?
      8. Who Performs System Administration?
      9. Who Develops Custom Applications?
    22. Best Practices for NNM
      1. Introduction
      2. Platform Sizing
      3. ITO Manages the NNM Systems
      4. Menu Management
      5. Project Management
      6. Dedicated System Administrator
    23. NNM Case Studies
      1. Introduction
      2. A Global Manufacturing Company
      3. A Natural Resource Company
      4. A Bioengineering Company
      5. A Local Vehicle Manufacturer
      6. A Community College
      7. A National Consulting Company
      8. A Small Engineering Firm
      9. A Worldwide Computer Company
    24. Glossary

    Product Information

    • Title: OpenView Network Node Manager: Designing and Implementing an Enterprise Solution
    • Author(s): John Blommers
    • Release date: September 2000
    • Publisher(s): Prentice Hall
    • ISBN: 0130198498