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Why I Am Quitting Traditional IT Management Consulting

In Intact Technology's debut blog, Jesse White comes out swinging:

Traditional IT Management Consulting uses fear, doubt and powerful relationships to sell business leaders promises of game changing outcomes. They make the simple complex, extremely expensive and then get paid to simplify it again. Too many times getting paid to waste time and money to point the finger at their competitor, the IT department. How is this helping anyone? This is bullshit.

And he's absolutely right.  The elephant in the room cannot be ignored any longer.  In-house IT is not the enemy and Consultancy Firms need to stop whispering this into the Business' ear.  Indeed:

I am not saying that IT departments don’t need specialized help or that every IT department has what they need to support their business.  I am saying we need a fundamental change in the model…

Check out the full article, it's well worth the read.

HP uCMDB – Neebula Integration

Neebula advertises an HP uCMDB integration which uses a patented automatic Service Modeling technology (ServiceWatch)… one that dramatically reduces the time it takes to build Service models in UCMDB/RTSM.

Neebula CMDB

Their webinar claims ServiceWatch can reconcile cleanly with DDMa CI's, though it is not shown in the demo.
Unfortunately, an explanation of how the automatic "top-down, entry-point" Service Modeling actually works, is also missing.
Beyond simple Service Modeling use cases, I cannot see how a HTTP URL entry-point for example will take me all the way back, past the network layer, to not only the clustered app servers themselves, and running software therein, and the separate and clustered DB's supporting them, but the critical DB instances themselves.  There are so many "what-ifs" along this path that I can't help but think of the great potential for misleading models! 
Further, if the Service Delivery team is now in charge of building Service Models – as the webinar seems to suggest, how will IT or Service Delivery ever know if an application is even right?
There is still a disconnect – no matter how revolutionary this "entry-point" modeling is, the models still need to be verified, scrubed, etc.
Which is of course the "lengthy" portion of Service Modeling in the uCMDB to begin with.
Regardless, I'd like to be proven wrong – Service Modeling IS the "achilles heel" of the UCMDB/BSM suite of products.
Take a look for yourself.  What do you think?

HP Discovery not available for Linux Probes

I guess it never came up in the field, but the Discovery Flow Probe Linux installation can only be used for integrations… not discovery.

Upgrade UCMDB License

When you install HP Universal CMDB, you receive the Universal CMDB Foundation  license. To obtain the file needed to upgrade to the Integration Only or DDM Advanced  Edition license, contact HP Software Support, then perform the following procedure: To upgrade your license:

  1. Obtain the appropriate file from HP Software Support.
  2. Replace the ucmdb_license.xml file in the "C:\hp\UCMDB\UCMDBServer\conf\" folder.  The name of the file must be ucmdb_license.xml.
  3. Use the JMX console to force a license change:

    1. Launch the Web browser and enter the server address, as follows:http://<UCMDB Server Host Name or IP>:8080/jmx-console.
    2. When prompted, enter the JMX Console authentication credentials (if you do not have these credentials, contact your system administrator). The default user name and password are sysadmin/sysadmin.
    3. Under UCMDB, click service=Server Services to open the Operations page.
    4. Locate getLicense and enter the following information:  In the Value box for the customerID parameter, enter 1.
    5. Click Invoke.

Information about the license type, customer name, permitted packages, and whether any applications are blocked is displayed.

uCMDB 9.05 Multi-Tenancy: How To

Option I

Go to JMX Console

  1. Search for "UCMDB:service=Customer and States Services"
  2. Select "addCustomer"
  3. Input "CustomerID:  2"
  • customerName:  SecondCustomer
  • configId:  <empty>
  • clusterId:  <empty>
  • Invoke (may take 10-15 minutes)

Option II

Create new customer configuration

From: C:\hp\UCMD\UCMDBServer\tools\server_management.bat

  1. Go to Customer Configurations link
  2. Click new customer config button
  3. Create new schemas
  4. Create new customer
  5. Click Customers link
  6. Click New Customer button
  7. ID:  2
  • Name:  SecondCustomer
  • Configuration:  The one we just made..
  • Cluster:  <empty>

Note: Option II does not appear to work in uCMDB 9.05 CUP1

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