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Tobin Isenberg

Tobin Isenberg

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About Tobin Isenberg

I have been working with NetIQ Operations Center since 1999. It has had many names over the years: Formula, Managed Objects, Business Service Manager, Novell and now NetIQ Operations Center. There are many things in the product that can be done multiple ways. Depending on many factors some ways are better than others. My blogs are only to be used as guidance and not the final answer as to how things should be done.

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NetIQ Operations Center – Creating Status Dashboards (IE: scorecard)

Tobin Isenberg

February 19, 2014 3:51 pm

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Creating a Dashboard that shows a high level status of Services, Processes, Technologies, etc is a common theme with NetIQ Operations Center customers.   I typically refer to these as score cards because they show a high level metric (grade, color, etc) of a single category.  Some customers even categorize the metric.   In the …

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NetIQ Operations Center – Regex Matching for Views

Tobin Isenberg

February 12, 2014 11:03 am

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There are a few places in Operations Center where you can utilize Regular Expressions (AKA: RegEx) to set up views, specify matching criteria, etc. For this blog I will cover some basics of RegEx. One of the most common places to use RegEx is within a “Match” when setting …

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NetIQ Operations Center – Customize a Container Layout

Tobin Isenberg

February 3, 2014 1:49 pm

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I’m sure that most of you are familiar with the default layout (see below) where we use the Gradient Bubble nodestyle and show the elements in a tree manner in the Layout view. I have blogged on how to change the default nodestyles (element icon) for individual views as well as changing the default globally. …

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NetIQ Operations Center – Using fscript utility

Tobin Isenberg

January 17, 2014 11:55 am

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Customers routinely create custom scripts (Right clicks, Automations, Jobs, etc) to send out emails, bring up element/alarm data, open a helpdesk ticket, etc. While parts of the java script are NOC related, most of the scripting is around java. For instance, sending an email or adding a row to a database is a java exercise, …

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NetIQ Operations Center – Getting Started

Tobin Isenberg

January 14, 2014 8:39 am

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NetIQ Operations Center (NOC) is comprised of a few different areas for installing and configuring.  In some cases I have blogs supporting those areas, but no specific blog on the steps to install and completely configure the product.  In this blog I will lead you through the overall install and steps.  Since each implementation is …

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NetIQ Operations Center – Creating alarms programmatically

Tobin Isenberg

January 7, 2014 4:47 pm

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From time to time there is a need to create a custom alarm inside of Operations Center either due to some specific process you are trying to set up or due to NOC not having an adapter to a third party product.   I assume that you have read THIS BLOG on the different integration options and …

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NetIQ Operations Center – SCM – Dynamic/Fixed feature (pre-subscribe to future elements)

Tobin Isenberg

November 26, 2013 4:35 pm

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Most customers leverage the Service Configuration Manager to automatically build and maintain views.  The basic concept is that Service Configuration Manager uses one or more trees in an adapter to build the skeleton of a view such as Services, Customers, Technologies.   The adapters typically connect to a Management Tool, Asset database, CMDB or some …

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Operations Center – Static Match vs Dynamic (and more)

Tobin Isenberg

November 18, 2013 5:55 pm

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When setting up views in Operations Center (manually, viewbuilder, Service Configuration Manager, etc), you have several ways to relate elements from adapters (or other views) to your view. For instance, suppose you were setting up a view of the important Services within the Enterprise. The first level of the view might be things (elements) like: …

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Operations Center – EMail Selected Alarms

Tobin Isenberg

November 15, 2013 10:07 am

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While setting up an automation to automatically email out notifications that a particular service has turned critical or a new critical alarm was received is useful, there are other situations where it would be useful to email data from NOC in an adhoc manner.  Sometimes sending the alarm (as an example) is not enough, you …

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Operations Center – Custom Right Clicks – Continued

Tobin Isenberg

November 13, 2013 11:56 am

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In my previous blog Operations Center – Custom Right-Clicks – Menu Options, I discussed the basics of setting up custom right clicks in the Operations Center console. I will finish the topic in this blog by cover the other Operation Definitions settings. For review: Operations are managed under Administration\Server\Operation Definitions The “Name” of the definition …

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