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HP Systems Insight Manager basics

HP Systems Insight Manager can be described by a simple distributed architecture comprising three types of systems — a central management server (CMS), managed systems, and network clients. Authorized users can access the central management server via a web browser graphic user interface (GUI) from any network client. It also provides a command line interface to allow scripted operations.

HP Systems Insight Manager Architecture

Central Management Server

The central management server (CMS) runs the HP Systems Insight Manager software and initiates all management operations within the management domain. The CMS can be a Windows, HP-UX, or Linux machine; however, this guide assumes that you will install the HP Systems Insight Manager software on a Windows system.

Note: The CMS can be a server or a desktop that meets the hardware requirements specified in "Table 1 - Requirements for installing HP Systems Insight Manager in a Windows environment" in the downloadable PDF of this guide.

HP Systems Insight Manager uses a database to store vital management domain information, including authorizations, systems, users, and more. HP Systems Insight Manager in a Windows environment supports Microsoft SQL Server Desktop Engine (MSDE) or Microsoft SQL 2000 databases. MSDE is shipped standard with HP Systems Insight Manager and will usually be sufficient to support an environment of up to 500 managed systems. You do not need a Microsoft SQL server license to use MSDE.

Managed systems

A managed system is any device in the management domain that communicates with the central management server. Managed systems can include servers, desktops, workstations, printers, laptops, hubs, or routers with an IP or IPX address. To get the full capabilities from HP Systems Insight Manager, ProLiant servers should have one or more management agents installed. You can install the ProLiant Windows management agents onto ProLiant PL300 series servers and above directly from HP Systems Insight Manager (see "Setup Windows managed systems"). ProLiant 100 series servers and non-HP platforms can be managed using standards-based management protocols such as Window Management Instrumentation (WMI) and Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP).

Network clients

You can access HP Systems Insight Manager from any network client. The network client must be running a compatible browser to access the GUI (see "Table 1. Requirements for installing HP Systems Insight Manager in a Windows environment" in the downloadable PDF of this guide).

Systems and Event Lists

HP Systems Insight Manager enables you to group systems and events by attributes using system lists. HP Systems Insight Manager comes with a standard set of system lists that logically group systems and events based on information in the HP Systems Insight Manager database, such as operating system, hardware platform, status, event type and other criteria. In addition, you can create your own system lists that allow you to automatically select devices or events from the database for specific tasks and monitoring actions. System lists are dynamic; anytime a device reflects the criteria of an existing list, it becomes available in that list. See "Set up custom lists and folders (optional)" for instructions to create system lists. You can also create Favorites lists by manually selecting systems; for example, you may want to group systems by location (servers on the 7 th floor) or by owner (finance department systems). Each Favorites list displays a status icon representing the most critical status within the group, enabling administrators to identify problem areas at a glance.

Authorizations

Only users with a valid user ID and password on the central management server can access and perform tasks on a particular managed system or system group. Each user can perform tasks using the tools in a toolbox authorized for that particular user. There are two default toolboxes in HP Systems Insight Manager-the "All Tools" toolbox and the "Monitor Tools" toolbox. Users who are authorized to use the "All tools" toolbox can perform all administrative tasks and can change the state of managed systems. Occasional users or non-experts should be authorized to use only the "Monitor Tools" Toolbox. This guide assumes that you will have a small number of authorized users and will use only the default toolboxes. Please note, however, that toolboxes and authorizations can be customized for environments with larger numbers of users and different security needs for different managed systems.

Secure access using a Web browser

When you access HP Systems Insight Manager from a Web browser, you must log on using a secure sockets (SSL) connection. Your user name and password for HP Systems Insight Manager will be the same as your log-on credentials for the Windows operating system running on the central management server. HP Systems Insight Manager uses OS security and SSL to ensure strong authentication and data encryption and to minimize the risk of unauthorized access to the management console.

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