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About System Type Manager

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» Introduction
» Why Add or Modify System Identification?
» Options for Creating a System Type Manager Rule
» Related Procedures
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Manufacturers assign unique system object identifiers to their SNMP instrumented products, System Type Manager (STM) allows users to customize identification by creating rules that map these system object identifiers to product categories and names of their choice. HP Systems Insight Manager discovers and applies information from the rule when an unknown system matches a rule that you specify. Rules contains system object identifiers and optionally, additional object identifiers, that are compared with responses from a target system. When a rule meets the comparison specification, the system is identified using information from the rule.

SNMP rules can be created from the Manage System Types page within HP Systems Insight Manager or from the CLI using the mxstm command. Additionally, on Windows systems, you can create rules based on the DMI protocol using the CLI mxstm command. Refer to the procedures listed below for more information on the CLI options.

SNMP rules require a system object identifier and product name. Optionally, a compare rule (match or starts with), MIB OID with value and compare rule, product type, sub type, custom management page, and priority can also be specified. DMI rules are specified by selecting a product name and at least one or at most three DMI elements with response values and compare rules.

Why Add or Modify System Identification?

  • You might have third-party systems on your network that are not included in the HP Systems Insight Manager database, and you want them identified by unique product names based on location or use.

  • You have systems of a known type that you want to identify in another way. For example, you have laptops that you want to classify on some other basis.

Options for Creating a System Type Manager Rule

Systems are identified and classified using specific rules and are assigned a corresponding system type and a product name.

For SNMP systems, STM uses the System object identifier and optionally a MIB variable OID and its value and data type. Identification is based on the system object identifier returned from the system to be identified. If there is a matching rule for the system object identifier, identification proceeds based on whether the response value matches the criteria in the rule.

For DMI systems, STM uses requests consisting of one to three DMI elements. The elements are attribute and value pairs. For a rule to be applied, the returned response values must match values in the rule in a manner defined by the corresponding compare rules.

The custom management page is a link on the System Page under the Links tab. The link is displayed with other system links for the system if it is unique. You can specify a a URL address that opens an HTML page. For example, enter: http://support.networkingcompany.com/model123

New system types are displayed in system lists after a full Discovery runs and identifies systems that match rules that you created.

You can modify and delete rules as the systems in your network change.

Related Procedures

» Manage System Types - Creating a New Rule
» Manage System Types - Editing Rule

Related Topics

» Administering the Software - Manage System Types
» Manage System Types - Navigating Manage System Types Page