Friday, January 17, 2014

EMC Smarts: Watch4Net APG Data Purging

A short note about default behavior within EMC Smarts Watch4Net APG
How to delete a device in Watch4Net. 
With default settings, APG will delete a device (or one of its component) and its history if it’s not updated for 1 full year. However, for some reason, you may want to manually override this behavior without changing the automated configuration. APG provides a tool that allows you to delete data from the database. It’s only available to administrative users, in the “Administration” pane and it’s called “Management of APG Metrics”. To use this tool, you have to:
• Set a filter to select the data to delete
• Type in the maximum number of results
• Check whether or not the last timestamp is displayed
• Select the properties to show
• Then, click the “Query” button
• Results will appear in the box below
• Last, just click the “Delete” button to delete all these data from APG 

There is no out-of-the-box way to de-provision from the command line.
If a site runs out of licenses, the GUI may crash and refuse to remain running... a very poorly written application result - but hey, EMC is not supporting high-end platforms like Solaris any longer, so what can you expect? Make sure you have spare licenses within Watch4Net to handle customer on boarding and off boarding - otherwise you may have some unexpected results!

1 comment:

  1. I have just recently begun working with Watch4Net. I am not impressed overall. My company is using the product as a single pane of glass, but I would be more likely to choose Netcool for that if it was up to me. I like the reporting features of Watch4Net, but even those are limited by the query language. I think that the product has a lot of room to grow. My favorite aspect is the history that it provides for Smarts events.