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SCOM 2007 R2 – Announcement from Jalasoft and Savision

4:09 pm in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

Hey All,

 

Just received this announcement from Jalasoft and Savision:

 

Jalasoft and Savision announced today that they will both be coming out with new versions of Xian Io and Savision Live maps in 2010. These version are more integrated and offer Savision users to use topology discovery from Xian Network Manager Io R2 to autorelate objects in Live Maps

Houston . January 20, 2010 –

Jalasoft and Savision announced today that they will both be coming out with new versions of Xian Io and Savision Live Maps in 2010. The companies have been working together since 2008 in order to create products that complement each other in an endeavor to provide a more complete monitoring solution for Systems Center Operations Manager.
One of the most important features that will be introduced in Xian Network Manager Io R2 is a topology discovery module that gathers information on the relationships between the devices and servers being monitored and provides the information to Savision Live maps in order to facilitate the drawing of your network topology. Live maps uses this information to determine the relationship between devices and servers and automatically draws the connections between them saving the user a significant amount of time.
“Thanks to these new feature and cooperation between Jalasoft and Savision, end-users will be able to create a real topology of their environment, something that was not possible before in Operations Manager” says Arnold Hagens Product Marketing Manager at Jalasoft.
Many other features aside from the ones detailed above are being introduced in the new versions of Savision’s and Jalasoft’s software releases. Both the releases are expected in the first quarter of 2010.
For more information contact:
Arnold Hagens,  +1 888 402 6717

 

For more information: http://www.jalasoft.com/Web/News/Default.aspx?id=36

 

Cheers,

Mike

Operations Manager 2007: Installation of Jalasoft R2

10:58 am in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

With the release of R2 from Xian IO, I had to install it for the first time last week with a customer.  The environment was on a windows server 2008 SP1 64-bit edition.  After downloading the software, I’ve started with the installation.

According to the manual (yeah, from time to time I actually read manuals ;-)) and followed the instructions:

 

First, I had to import the management packs into Operations Manager.  Because it wasn’t certain yet which MP’s will be used in the future, I decided to only import the Jalasoft Core Management packs (see screenshot)

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After that, I had to install the XianConnectorModuleInstaller.  This .msi is found in the correct x64 or x86 (depending on your architecture) folder.

No problems so far.

Third, it was time to start the installation of the product.

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The first screen is the tradition Welcome screen so quickly to Next

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In the next screen, I only had to fill in the User Name and the Organization

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Third screen, now I need to make a decision.  Because Jalasoft gives you the option to different scenario’s, it is always easy to choose this one.  So I decided to use that.  For more information on the different Scenario’s and what they do, you can always check out the manual on their website.

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The next screen allowed me to choose the scenario.  In this particular case, it was a Single Server scenario so I could continue.  This is also the location where you can choose the installation location.  Before you press Next, make sure that you have read the prerequisites for the different parts of the software.  For easy referencing, here they are:

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 SP2:

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 SP2 is required to install the Jalasoft Xian Services.

Microsoft.NET Framework 3.0:

Microsoft.NET Framework 3.0 is required to install the Jalasoft Xian Connector for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007.

Microsoft Message Queue:

Microsoft Message Queue is required for communications between the Xian Services.

Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 User Interfaces or Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 Management Server:

The Jalasoft Xian Connector for OpsMgr 2007 requires Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 User Interfaces or Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 Management Server installed in this machine.

Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 User Interfaces:

The Xian UI Controls for OpsMgr 2007 require Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 User Interfaces installed in this machine.

Microsoft SQL Server 2005:

The Xian Database and the Xian Data Server features require LAN connectivity to an installed Microsoft SQL Server 2005.

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Now you need to decide where you want your database.  The installer will enumerate all SQL instances he finds.  It is also possible to change the database name if you want.

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Now the software needs a user to run the services as.  Here it went wrong.  I always got errors saying that the account was not a member of the administrator group.  After consulting with Jalasoft support, I heard that for the installation it is necessary that UAC is off (This requires a reboot!).  So I stopped the installation, turned UAC off, restarted the server and tried again, now I could get past this window.

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Next thing is the location of the Jalasoft Connector, the RMS server and the Management server of Operations Manager.  At this point, which I didn’t realize at that moment that it would cause problems, I saw that the installer took the IPv6 address.  So I’ve changed it to the correct IP addresses (all IPv4) and continued.

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Again I needed to tell the software the location of a component (Jalasoft Dataserver this time) but since it was a single server installation, it was the IP of the current server.  Note that filling in the 127.0.0.1 address is not a good idea.  Use the correct IP of the server.

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In this screen, the installer asks the preferred IP.  I choose for the IPv4 address.

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A lot of questions, but then again, a lot of components so again an IP for the server that runs the Xian Network Manager Server (The same one in a single server scenario)

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Starts to get annoying but also the IP address of the Task Server needs to be known

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Finally everything is OK, so I can start installing.

The installation went quickly, there is no reboot necessary (well, actually there is, since I turned UAC back on ;-))

So I started the console for Xian and I got an error.

After reading through the documentation and unable to solve the problem myself I contacted support (again).  They told me that in some cases, with the use of IPv6, the IP addresses are not correctly registered in some configuration files and that I needed to change it manually.  Here is the procedure they gave me:

“ In some cases (for example IPv6) the IP address is not correctly registered in the configuration files of Xian. You need to that manually. Check the the following files in C:\program files\jalasoft\xian network manager io

   – Jalasoft.Xian.Services.ConnectorService.config

   – Jalasoft.Xian.Services.DataServer.config

   – Jalasoft.Xian.Services.NetworkManagerServer.config

   – Jalasoft.Xian.Services.TaskServer.config

   In these files look for the ipAddress entry name and correct the value to the ip address that you are using. Note that you cannot use localhost (127.0.0.1).

   Now restart the the jalasoft services.

After that, the program worked perfect.

Basically, I’ve learned a few things:

1) The software runs on an 2008 x64 platform

2) Watch out if IPv6 is configured.

3) Jalasoft support contacted me twice in less then 2 hours after submitting a case through the website!  So Jalasoft, if you read this, keep up the good work on your support team 😉

 

If you ever encounter these problems, I hope this post helps a little bit to install the software.

Cheers,

Mike

JalaSoft: Xian Network Manager Io SP2 for OpsMgr 2007 is now Available

7:21 am in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

Hey All,

Jalasoft has released their SP2 for their great product.

From the press release…

Santa Clara, California . februari 23, 2009 –

Xian Network Manager Io SP2 for OpsMgr 2007 is now available

Santa Clara, February 23rd , 2009—Today, Jalasoft has released it’s long awaited Xian Io SP2 monitoring solution for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007.

The many improvements in Service Pack 2 are mainly focused on the performance of Xian Io. As a result of these improvements, SP2 is able to monitor 4 times as many devices as in SP1. Besides that, many small enhancements make Xian more user friendly than ever before.

“Xian Io SP2 provides you with the capacity to monitor large network environments with thousands of devices without you having to worry about performance issues” said Davor Pavisic, CTO at Jalasoft.

The performance enhancements in Xian are most notable in large environments, but administrators that have smaller environments will also notice that Xian runs smoother and more stable in addition to using fewer resources.

Xian Io SP2 can be downloaded from the Jalasoft website. Users with Xian Io SP1 will be able to upgrade with the upgrade tool which will be available end of March 2009.

 

Cheers,

Mike

Jalasoft: Adding a Linux Device

4:16 pm in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

One of the issues most asked by customers is to monitor linux servers.  (We hardly can’t wait for R2 RTM of OpsMgr ;-).  In the meantime, we install JalaSoft Xian Io for OpsMgr 2007.

In this post, I’ll show you how to add a Linux server.

1) Install the Linux RPM package on the specific server.

To start, you need to get the package to that server.  Because many Linux servers don’t have a gui, and the sources for the installation are located on the SCOM server, I need to have the ability to copy the RPM package to that server.  For that, I use the winscp tool.

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I add the IP of the server and the username and password

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Now I copy the RPM to the server.

After the copy, I use Putty to logon to the server

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Then I go to the directory where I placed the RPM and I run the following command:

RPM –i XianServer-3.1.727.5-727.i386.rpm

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That’s it.  Exit the connection to the linux server and let’s find the device with Xian.  Open the Xian Console

Go to the Linux devices and choose Add Device

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Press Next

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Add the IP of the device, and choose the processes and daemons that you want to discover.  (In my case I choose to discover everything but if you want to fine-tune, you can always be more selective.  See http://systemcenterforum.org/wp-content/uploads/Jalasoft_Series_rollup.pdf for more information)

Then press Next

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Press Next again

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Press Finish

After a while, your new device is added

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Next stop: Adding the active rules and adding the MP’s in SCOM

Cheers,

Mike