The next big release of HP Network Management Software is available: version 10.0 of HP Network Node Manager i (NNMi) and HP Network Automation (NA).
Let’s see what’s new in NNMi 10.0.
Network Node Manager Licensing
The first major benefit is simplified product structure and licensing. The new structure simplifies the Basic, Advance, and iSPI purchase process. There are now two editions of NNMi, Premium and Ultimate. The Premium edition platform spans fault and performance functionality. The Ultimate edition extends the base fault and performance functionality to advanced services domains.
Scalability enhancements - Single system scalability limit increases for Very Large tier to 30k discovered nodes, 60k polled address, and 120k polled node and physical sensors
Network Virtualization - Chassis are now fully managed objects. A node may have multiple chassis (as in a switch stack case) or a single chassis may have multiple nodes (as in virtual device context case). This separation of the logical (node) and physical (chassis) model allows more complete support for network virtualization.
Scheduled outage - Planned outages for Nodes can be scheduled from the NNMi console. This changes the management mode of the Node to Out of Service for the period specified.
You can record an outage in the past to indicate that the outage was intentional (e.g., a service window that you forgot to schedule an outage for before the fact).
Command line interface - Enhanced CLI support makes it easier to automate provisioning and configuration
Dashboard views - The new Dashboard workspace has Dashboard Views that provide overview information about the health and status of the network. These views include the Network Overview view as well as other top-level dashboard views added by installed NNM iSPIs. These views are filtered based on the nodes that the user has access to depending on security configuration.
Dashboard Views contain different types of panels, including tables, map views, pie charts, and chart views. For chart views, users can interactively change the style of chart view: line, bar, area, and scatter plot.
Maps - Maps have an Overview Pane that allows you to pan around the map.
New icons representing multi-chassis nodes provide the ability to expand and collapse nodes that contain multiple chassis on L2 connection maps. When expanded, these nodes show the connections between the contained chassis as well as external connections.
Node Group Maps - Users can add Map Annotations to a Node Group Map. Node group maps can be configured to display additional one hop neighbors that are connected to nodes in the Node Group but are not themselves members of the Node Group.
Events - The NNMi SNMP Trap Receiver is now delivered as a process outside of the NNMi Application Server. This allows SNMP traps to be received for a certain period even while the NNMi Application Server is down (e.g., in a failover situation) for improved availability of trap processing. The SNMP Trap Receiver will start before NNMi on OS startup.
SNMP Communication and MIBs - The administrator can now change the SNMP configuration information (e.g., management address) for a node directly. This can be done from the NNMi console (via the SNMP Agent form) or from the nnmcommunication.ovpl command
State Poller and Monitoring Configuration - Addresses associated with administratively down interfaces will not be polled. This eliminates status from these addresses contributing to node status.
Custom Poller - A new type of Custom Poller collection called "Bulk" collection has been introduced for use with high-volume collections. The traditional style of Custom Poller collection is now called "Instance" collection.
Security - NNMi audits user actions that result in changes to the NNMi database (whether made through the UI or CLI), as well as certain other user actions (e.g., Configuration Poll of a device). NNMi auditing is enabled by default.
Some of the encryption algorithms and key lengths used by NNMi for data encryption are now configurable. NNMi 10.00 uses a stronger hashing algorithm for storing user account passwords in the NNMi database.
Network Automation Licensing
Again licensing has changed, there are now two versions of HP Network Automation, Premium and Ultimate. Premium supports configuration management, general compliance reporting, and includes satellite servers. Ultimate includes all features. .
Reboot task can verify that the device reboot has completed before declaring the reboot task completed
New option to globally disable device reboot after software update
Group tasks can be run in serial mode to ensure completion on one device before initiating work on another device
New Deploy Hotfix task
In a Horizontal Scalability or Multimaster Distributed System environment, the Running Tasks, Recent
Tasks, and Task Information pages display the NA core association for the task
Integration improvements with NNMi 10.00:
Support for integrating standalone NA 10.00 or NA 10.00 in a Horizontal Scalability environment with multiple NNMi management servers in a Global Network Management environment; all integration features are supported in most deployments.
NNMi node forms include a new tab containing NA compliance analysis data in the analysis pane.
Corrected synchronization behavior for devices in NA partitions with nodes in NNMi security groups.
Refined configuration for restricting NNMi user access to NA information in the NNMi analysis pane.
NA console page for configuring the integration renamed to “Administrative Settings–NA/NNMi Integration” page and includes new content:
Information about connections to multiple NNMi management servers
Out Of Service Completion Delay - This delay provides time for a device to recover after NA completes a task that placed that device out of service.
Support for additional virtual devices
Additional IPv6 support
Support for OpenFlow-enabled switches
Support for OpenFlow-enabled controllers
Enablement of the ICMP test for the Reboot task to determine when a device reboot is completed (select devices only)
Support for installing and running NA on an Oracle database or on a Microsoft SQL Server database without full database administrator privileges.
Security improvements, including:
Support for 64-bit RSA SecurID on the supported Windows operating systems
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