This document is an overview of the changes made to HP Network Node Manager iSPI Performance for Quality Assurance Software (NNM iSPI Performance for QA). It contains important information that is not included in the guides or the Online Help. You can find information about the following in this document:
What's New in This Release
Enhancements and Fixes
NNM iSPI Performance for QA 9.21 contains the following new features, feature enhancements, and other changes.
Capability to configure thresholds and generating incidents for ping pairs
For more information about the above features, see the NNM iSPI Performance for QA Online Help.
Top N Table: Like the Top N report, this report shows Top N network elements, but does not include bar charts or time series graphs. If you want to view Top N elements in the least possible time, choose the Top N Table report instead of the Top N report.
The Intelligent Response Agent (iRA) augments the capabilities of the NNM iSPI Performance for QA by enabling you to configure, discover, manage, and monitor QA probes on systems where you installed the iRA. The iRA enables you to configure and discover QA probes for the following service types:
For more information, see the iRA Release Notes
Using this feature, you can organize the QA Groups based on a specific NNM iSPI Performance for QA entity type. Such organization enables you to easily create discovery filter and thresholds that belong to the same group. An NNM iSPI Performance for QA element can be part of multiple QA Groups.
The QA Groups for QA Probes enable you to group QA probes based on a common criterion, such as name, owner, type, ToS, host name, site, node group name, and so on. For example, you can configure a QA Group for the VoIP service and you can view the details of all the probes that belong to the VoIP service, in the QA Group Inventory view.
QA Groups for CBQoS enables you to group CBQoS probes based on common CBQoS Interfaces and CBQoS Actions. For example, you can configure a QA Group for RED action type and you can view the details of all the probes that belong to RED action type, in the QA Group Inventory view.
You can view the discovered and configured QA Groups in the QA Group Inventory view.
You can import and export the QA Group entities and configurations, by using the command line utility.
Using this feature, you can create and manage CBQoS policy hierarchy.
Using this feature, you can define a router-node pair to analyze the interface utilization and latency information of the router. Using the new Ping Pair extension pack, you can generate reports to view the interface utilization and RTT latency information of the router.
Using this feature, you can view the performance faults for the selected probes based on the user-defined thresholds, in the form of graphs and charts in the NNMi console. A new tab Performance is added in the Analysis Pane of the following inventory views:
Using this report, you can view the following important metrics for the selected QA probe on a single report:
Using this report, you can analyze and compare the performances of the following CBQoS-managed policies, classes, and interfaces on a single report:
Using this feature, you can monitor the connectivity between the nodes and identify the performance of the network path by using the configured probes. You can display a global map that shows the connectivity between multiple sites or nodes.
Using this feature, you can manage tenants for each customer. An Overlapping Address Domain enables you to duplicate the IP address on the same network by using different tenant names. By default, the tenant name is "Default Tenant." The NNM iSPI Performance for QA leverages the OAD feature that NNMi implements.
The NNM iSPI Performance for QA generates correlated incidents if there are multiple probe failures on the destination node or in the destination site. This feature identifies the cause of a QA probe's failure, correlates all the probe failures that are associated to the same cause, and generates a common incident.
The following are the correlated incident types:
The following are the new feature enhancements:
Example: Consider that you have configured five nodes (Node 1, Node 2, Node 3, Node 4, and Node 5) in the NNMi. If you want to define a Discovery Inclusion Filter for Node 1 and Node 2 in NNM iSPI Performance for QA, only those two nodes (Node 1 and Node 2) are alone discovered.
The following items (identified by reference number) are fixed in the current software release.
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The NNM iSPI Performance for QA 9.21 release is a patch release. Installation requirements, as well as instructions for installing NNM iSPI Performance for QA 9.21, are documented in the patch text file, which is available with the downloadable patch.
CBQoS headline reports show incorrect units for the following metrics:
Uninstallation of the NNM iSPI Performance for QA 9.21 does not remove newly introduced reports (see New Reports) from the NPS console. After uninstalling the NNM iSPI Performance for QA 9.21, if you try to open these new reports from the Ping Latency extension pack, error messages appear.
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