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Wanted: How to monitor PPM using SNMP, Nagios or other 3rd-party Application

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EricLEdberg
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Wanted: How to monitor PPM using SNMP, Nagios or other 3rd-party Application

We have a multi-server, multi-node PPM cluster and want to monitor each PPM node for availability and other performance-related statistics.  Couple of questions:

 

Q:  Is there a way to directly access specific nodes in a cluster using IP address?

 

Q: Is there a way to pass login credentials in a http request to PPM to avoid the login page sequence?

 

This would allow us to use "simple" programs to monitor specific pages that don't support replay

 

Q:  Anybody know the query to inspect the user logs to determine/extract node usage per time period and/or system load.  Is there a performance monitoring document somewhere for reference

 

We would like to generate usage plots that show things like:  max/users/node, system load, etc, during sampling windows

 

Q: Does PPM support SNMP-like counters and if so is there a SNMP mib?

 

Any recommendations on what software that we could use/purchase to monitor PPM for uptime, perforamnce, etc...  We are reviewing NAGIOS now but have abiltiy to purchase something since our need to more than just a PPM application on this server (we support many web applications on many servers).

 

 

Thanks for any quick pointers.

 

Eric Edberg

Alcatel-Lucent

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AlexSavencu
Honored Contributor

Re: Wanted: How to monitor PPM using SNMP, Nagios or other 3rd-party Application

Hi, Eric,

 

I would strongly recommend you to use HP BSM 9 to monitor your PPM instance. HP BSM comprises of several applications which can help you achieve your goals:

- HP Diagnostics - provdes deep diagnosis features for monitoring J2EE and .NET application servers;

- HP Business Process Monitor (BPM) - allows you to monitor end-user experience with complex, intrusive or non-intrusive business processes;

- HP Real User Monitor (RUM) - allows you to monitor real user experience when executing business processes in PPM;

- HP SiteScope - allows you to monitor your infrastructure availability and performance.

 

The features and possibilities are way too complex to describe in this post, so I would suggest you to contact or local HP Account Manager for a presentation / proof of concept / trial.

 

I have personally implemented HP BSM (not for PPM, but for other enterprise applications) and I can definitely tell you that currently this is the best option for production monitoring.

 

cheers

alex


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Celil
Esteemed Contributor

Re: Wanted: How to monitor PPM using SNMP, Nagios or other 3rd-party Application

Hi Eric,

 

Q: Is there a way to pass login credentials in a http request to PPM to avoid the login page sequence?

A: Yes, you can setup PPM for Single Sign On. (You can find details in Chapter 6 in Installation Admin document)

 

Q:  Performance and optimizations

A: In addition to Alex's suggestion you can find details in Chapter 8 (Improving System Performance) in Installation Admin document.

 

 

 

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Celil

IT Governance Professional
& PPM Solution Architect
Jim Esler
Honored Contributor

Re: Wanted: How to monitor PPM using SNMP, Nagios or other 3rd-party Application

Q:  Is there a way to directly access specific nodes in a cluster using IP address?

 

You can open the dashboard using a specific node by addressing that node's DNS name or IP address with the node's port: http://<server>:<port>/. You will not be able to open the workbench from here, though, as the URL does not match the Base URL defined in server.conf.

AlexSavencu
Honored Contributor

Re: Wanted: How to monitor PPM using SNMP, Nagios or other 3rd-party Application

Hi, Eric,

 

implementing SSO will still require authentication - the BPM module that I was mentioning is also capable of having SSO authentication.

 

On performance: you can also investigate the Deployment Best Practices, bundled with PPM.

 

cheers

alex


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