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2/3/2016

Integrating NetPing Devices in Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM)

Integrating NetPing Devices in Microsoft System Center Operations Manager

To control and monitor a corporate IT environment, it is possible to use the product from the Microsoft company named System Center Operations Manager (SCOM), which is included in the integrated management platform System Center. This product allows combining the information about the operability from different components of IT infrastructure, providing its generalized representation in one console. SCOM allows tracking services, devices and operations for many PCs in the network. Operators can rapidly estimate a state of IT environment and its IT services, run different systems and workloads using multiple representations, which show the information about a status, operability, and performance.

One of the tools of Microsoft System Center Operations Manager product is using an SNMP protocol for receiving the information from devices in the network. Accordingly, SCOM allows implementing monitoring of sensors, connected to NetPing devices, and on this basis, it allows building different graphs for a specified period of time. Therefore, SCOM is one more product, using which it is possible to implement a convenient microclimate monitoring, simplest security features indoors for IT and other necessary equipment at the basis of NetPing monitoring devices and control power supply sockets.

In this article, an example of configuring Microsoft System Center Operations Manager for monitoring temperature sensors, connected to UniPing server solution v3/SMS devices, will be examined.

Requirements

To implement temperature monitoring using SCOM, there is a need to have:

Configuring UniPing server solution v3/SMS Device

To organize temperature monitoring, there is a need to implement basic configurations (configure network parameters to access a network and parameters of an SNMP protocol) of a UniPing server solution v3/SMS device, and connect and configure the operation of temperature sensors in a device web interface. You are welcome to read information on a basic configuration of a device, as well as on connecting and configuring temperature sensors in a corresponding documentation via the links:

Deployment of Microsoft System Center 2012

You are welcome to read a detailed description of deploying an integrated management platform Microsoft System Center 2012 in the articles on the next links:

Configuring Microsoft System Center Operations Manager

Firstly, it is necessary to add UniPing server solution v3/SMS devices  in SCOM as network devices. To do this, there is a need to choose the section «Network Devices» from the tree «Administration» and run «Discovery Wizard...»:

Discovery Wizard in Microsoft System Center Operations Manager

In the window «Computer and Devices Management Wizard» that appears, there is a need to choose the item «Network devices» at the stage «Discovery Type». Then click the button «Next >»:

Computer and Devices Management Wizard at step Discovery Type

At the stage «General Properties», fill in the dialog for searching devices:

Computer and Devices Management Wizard at step General Properties

At the stage «Discovery Method», choose a precise method for searching devices:

Computer and Devices Management Wizard at step Discovery Method

At the stage «Default Accounts» create an SNMP account, which will be used for authorization at UniPing server solution v3/SMS devices:

On default, NetPing uses the community: SWITCH

Computer and Devices Management Wizard at step Default Accounts

At the stage «Devices», add UniPing server solution v3/SMS devices, using the button «Add...»:

Computer and Devices Management Wizard at step Devices

At the stage «Schedule Discovery», it is necessary to indicate time for searching devices in the network.

When the search is completed, UniPing server solution v3/SMS devices will appear in the list of network devices «Network Devices»:

Added device NetPing in Microsoft System Center Operations Manager

Now, there is a need to go to the tree «Authoring» to create a rule for a graphic representation of temperature sensors. In the section «Rules», there is a need to choose the item «Create a new rule...»:

Create a new rule in Microsoft System Center Operations Manager

In a window for creating a new rule «Create Rule Wizard», choose an SNMP Performance rule and Management pack (create it at your own discretion):

Setting a new rule in Microsoft System Center Operations Manager

At the stage «General», enter a name and a description of a rule, indicate the object «Node» and make sure to disable this rule:

Rule name and description

At the stage «SNMP Probe», enter OID of a temperature sensor, connected to a UniPing server solution v3/SMS device, its polling frequency and save the settings of a rule by the button «Create».

A full list of SNMP OID supported by a UniPing server solution v3/SMS device is represented in firmware description or in a corresponding MIB file, which can be downloaded from the page of a description of a device in the section «Documentation and files».

Adding OID temperature sensor device NetPing in Microsoft System Center Operations Manager

Now, there is a need to redefine a created rule at UniPing server solution v3/SMS devices. To do this, choose a parameter «For a specific object of class: Node»:

Overriding the rules established in the Microsoft System Center Operations Manager

In a window «Select Object», choose a necessary device and click «OK»:

Select a device to override the established rules in Microsoft System Center Operations Manager

In a window «Override Properties», there is a need to configure parameters necessary for a task, for example, as shown in the screenshot:

Setting Override Properties in Microsoft System Center Operations Manager

Now, it is possible to create a representation («Performance View») to display the information from rules. In the tree «Monitoring», there is a need to create a new folder and create a necessary representation in it, as shown in the screenshot:

Operations Manager

Then, in a window «Properties» indicate a name of a representation and choose criteria from specific rules that were already created before:

Properties

Selecting the rule to display the information in graphical form in Microsoft System Center Operations Manager

Result

A Microsoft System Center Operations Manager configuration described in the example shows how to implement gathering, storing and representing of data from NetPing devices in a convenient graphic appearance:

Displays graphs of temperatures from the device NetPing in Microsoft System Center Operations Manager

Such integration allows operators in big corporate networks to analyze and control parameters from many network devices in a single monitoring console. This significantly simplifies controlling important parameters and helps to react at the situation in a timely manner if any problems arise.


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