Configuring the EM plugin for Ping Probe to monitor network hosts

by bluemedora_editor on April 15, 2013

The OEM plugin for Ping Probe from Blue Medora provides the ability to monitor availability of critical network hardware (such as switches, routers, servers and TCP/IP enabled devices) reducing length of downtime.

Key Features:

  • Global ping configuration options for Global timeout, Retry attempts, Processing Threads and “Slow” threshold.
  • “Per host” Configurable timeout values that allow administrators to tailor the ping scans for their particular environment.
  • Ability to distinguish Hosts that are Up, Down, Responding Slowly, or not Resolvable.
  • Summarized statistics indicating the total number of Hosts that are Up, Down, Responding Slowly, or not Resolvable as well as the Percentage of each.
  • Highly configurable allowing many thousands of hosts to be added to the “host file”.
This specific post will cover the process of Manually Adding the Ping Probe target and provides a guide to using the new target instance of the Oracle Enterprise Manager Plug-in for Ping Probe available from Blue Medora. In order to configure the plug-in we need to import and deploy the plug-in on OEM, this is covered as part of our two part series. Part 1 covers importing the plug-in in an EM12c Software Library and Part 2 covers deploying the plugin to Management Servers (OMS) and Management Agents (OMA). The information posted here is intended to supplement, not replace, the online User Guide available on the Blue Medora product page. The demo environment these screen shots are captured from is an EM12c system running on a Windows 64-bit Server. This post assume you have already executed all the steps covered in Part 1 and Part 2 of this Blog series.

Manually Adding the Ping Probe target

  • From the EM12c Web UI, navigate to SetupAdd Target -> Add Targets Manually.

 

  • Select Add Non-Host Targets by Specifying Target Monitoring Properties. From the Target Type drop-down menu, select Ping Probe. Specify the desired OMA and click Add Manually.

 

  • Specify monitoring properties for the Ping Probe target type. Click OK.
    1. Target Name: name of the Plug-in target type instance.
    2. Directive File Path: specify the path of the ping probe directive file on OMA server.
    3. Global Timeout: specify the global timeout in seconds.

 

  • Next the ‘Add Target – Confirmation’ dialog box appears. It should indicate that Ping Probe added successfully. Click Close to continue.

 

Now that we have successfully installed the plugin. The following steps will show you how to use the Ping Probe plug-in.

  • Navigate to the following path on OMA server C:\oracle\plugins\bm.em.ppb.agent.plugin_12.1.0.2.0\scripts
In this path, you will find ping probe configuration file named pp_directives_sample.csv which is used to monitor routers, switches, servers, TCP/IP etc. .
  • Open the pp_directives_sample.csv file and ADD the servers whose certificates you like to monitor and then Save the file.
Add entries that you need to monitor to this file using the below format. Fields are comma separated and commas are not supported within any field. Hostname is the only required fields.
Format: hostname, Timeout {ms}, alias
Example: oma-w8-qa,80,local server

 

  • From the EM12c Web UI, navigate to TargetsAdd Target -> All Targets.

 

Click on the target name of the plug-in. This will take us to Ping Probe Plugin. Here all the hosts that are entered in the directives file are displayed.

Provides information on Ping Results, Host Status, Top 10 Slowest Hosts, Hosts Status Percentage (24 hours) and Incidents and Problems.

This completes the process of implementing Ping Probe plug-in to an EM12c OMS and OMA.Through the information provided in blog series you should be able to import, deploy and implement Ping Probe plug-in available from Blue Medora and also perform some basic functionality.

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