You may be aware of many benefits of HP Operations Manager i when it comes to a single pane of glass, faster triage capabilities and guided (if not automated) mitigation support for your operational staff.
So you will want to make this tool available to all different operators and administrators of the various technology disciplines and teams, like network, servers, applications, middleware, business services etc. And you may have dozens if not hundreds of them.
This raises several questions:
How will you give them access?
What specific capabilities will they need?
What do they need to see? (And maybe more important: What can they safely ignore?)
And last but not least: How do you maintain over time all these credentials, capabilities and authorizations for your heterogeneous and dynamic work force?
The OMi user concept comes with three different entities to comfortably maintain your user credentials: Roles, Groups and Users
A ROLE is a logical definition of capabilities and authorizations required to perform a defined assignment.
It can be as high level as read-only access to the top-level statuses of your IT infrastructure (something you may want to assign to each IT staff member). Or as specific as a "Database tuning and capacity planning" role, with specific views, reports and tools required just for this purpose.
You may want to define roles based on technology background of the users and/or on specific geographical or organizational requirements in your staff.
A GROUP links the capabilities defined in the roles to the actual users in your staff. A group can be assigned all the roles required for a specific team (technical, geographical and/or organizational). And groups can be nested. The "Database Tuning Experts" group, for example, would be assigned not only the specific role described above, but would also "inherit" all the capabilities of the more generic "Database Operators" group.
USERS can then be linked to one or multiple of the groups defined above, automatically receiving all the authorizations, tools and capabilities defined by the group structure and the assigned roles. Once the definitions on a group or role level are changed, this will directly update the capabilities of all related users. A user changing teams will just be updated in related group memberships to get all the tools and views that are needed for the new job.
And finally: When managing a significant number of users, you probably have an LDAP based user management system in place for other authorizations across your company. This is great, because OMi can directly link with LDAP servers for authentication and authorization. Existing LDAP groups can be synchronized with OMi groups. So if you maintain your team structure in LDAP, your new users can automatically receive an OMi login and specific capability assignments without even touching OMi user management again.
With the concept of ROLES, GROUPS and USERS you can efficiently manage access levels and authorizations for your heterogeneous and dynamic staff. And with the LDAP integration, you just need to define your group memberships for all your users once across your IT environment, without the need for individual setup in OMi.
So OMi gives you an easy capability to manage the access of your users to the maximum business effect!
About the author: Lars Droege has 20 years of experience in operations management with HP Software. He is presently Technical Marketing Manager for Operations Bridge solutions. He is responsible for developing and delivering enablement and marketing material from a technical perspective.
Lars has a Dipl.-Ing. (DH) degree in Computer Engineering from Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW) in Stuttgart, Germany
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