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Creating a New Rule

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Perform this procedure to create a new SNMP rule through System Type Manager.

The System Type Manager (STM) is a utility used to modify the default behavior of identification. STM enables you to customize the type and product name of systems using rules based on responses to SNMP and DMI (Windows only) lists from systems on your network.

DMI rules can only be created from the command line.

The following fields are required, all others are optional:

  • System Object Identifier, including the Compare Rule

  • System Type

  • Product Name

To create a new SNMP rule:

  1. Select OptionsDiscoveryManage System Types. The Manage System Types page is displayed.

  2. Click [New]. The New rule section is displayed.

  3. Enter the System Object Identifier information. Retrieve the system object identifier from a target system on your network by clicking [Retrieve from System]. The Retrieve From System section is displayed.

    1. In the Community String field, enter the community string if other than the default, public. The community string of the target system and the HP Systems Insight Manager server must match to retrieve data.

    2. In the Target hostname or IP address field, enter the IP address of the system you want to search.

    3. Click [Get Response] to show the Response SNMP data type and the Response value.

    4. Click [OK] to close the Retrieve From System section and place the response value in the System Object Identifier, Object Value fields, or both.

  4. Enter the System Object Identifier Compare Rule. Click the down arrow and select the appropriate rule. In most cases this would be match. You can set it to starts with if you know that a class of systems have system object identifiers that start with the value you have entered.

  5. (Optional) Specify MIB variable object identifier by clicking [Retrieve from MIB]. The Retrieve from MIB section is displayed.

    You might need to do this if you have systems that return the same system object identifier that you would like to classify as different products based on some SNMP variable that returns a different value for each class. For example, if you have Windows NT servers from different vendors that return the same Windows NT system object identifier. You can specify rules using the Windows NT system object identifier as the system object identifier and a vendor specific MIB variable and value combination to create separate rules for each vendor.

    1. Click the down arrow in the MIB definition file name box to select the MIB definition file.

    2. Click the down arrow in the MIB variable name box to select the MIB variable name.

    3. Click [OK] to close the Retrieve from MIB section and place the MIB Variable Object Identifier information in the field.

  6. Select the Object value by clicking [Retrieve from system]. The Retrieve from system section is displayed.

    1. Enter the Object identifier. Community string, and Target hostname or IP address.

    2. Click [Get response] to view the Response SNMP data type and the Response value.

    3. Click [OK] to close the Retrieve from system section and place the information in the Object value field.

  7. Click the down arrow and select the Data Type for the Object value.

  8. Click the down arrow and select the Compare Rule for the Object value.

  9. Enter a Priority (applies only if there is more than one rule with the same system object identifier).

  10. In the System Type field, click the down arrow and select the system type.

  11. In the Subtype field, click the down arrow and select the system subtype.

  12. In the Product Name field, enter the product name for the new rule.

  13. In the Custom management page field, enter a URL. The URL displays this Web page as a system link on the System Page of systems identified using this rule. Enter the special keywords $ipaddress and $hostname anywhere in this URL. They are replaced by the actual IP address or hostname of the system when the link is placed on the System Page.

  14. Click [Launch] to verify that the URL is browsable.

  15. Click [OK] to save the new rule, or click [Cancel] to cancel all changes and close the New Rule section.

Command Line Interface

Use the mxstm command to add and delete SNMP and DMI (Windows only) rules from the command line. For assistance with this command, refer to the HP-UX or Linux manpage by entering man mxstm at the command line. Refer to Getting Started - Using Command Line Interface Commands for more information on the command and how to access the manpage.

Related Procedure

» Manage System Types - Editing Rule

Related Topics

» Administering the Software - Manage System Types
» Manage System Types - About System Type Manager
» Manage System Types - Navigating Manage System Types Page