Process Manager and Avocent DSView®

If you use Avocent DSView ® to manage your data center's network infrastructure, you can enable Process Manager to interact with DSView and initiate the following DSView actions from within a workflow.

Set up and deployment

You need to complete the following steps to enable DSView actions in Process Manager workflows.

Step 1: Enable interaction between Process Manager and DSView

To enable Process Manager to interact with DSView

Important: If you use Secure Socket Layer (SSL), you will need to have already retrieved and enabled the DSView Security certificate before performing the following steps. Also, make sure the LANDesk Process Manager Scheduler service is started from a user account who has received the security certificate.

  1. Start the Process Manager Database utility and enter your user name and password.
  2. Specify the server and database name.
  3. Click Test connection. Check the results to verify you were successfully connected to the server.
  4. Click Configure and restart services.
  5. Click the Optional tab.
  6. In the list of process integration modules, click Avocent DSView, then click Edit.
  7. Enter the necessary credentials to connect to DSView. (Click Test to verify the connection.)
  8. Click Save, then click OK.
  9. Click OK to dismiss the Success message, then close the Database utility.

Step 2: Create and map fields for DSView

You need to define fields in Process Designer and map them to their corresponding values in the DSView system. Once mapped, the specified values can be retrieved from or reported back to DSView.

For help in defining and/or mapping fields in Process Manager, see"Creating a field" .

Step 3: Create an event listener

The next step is to create an event listener to start your workflows. An event listener monitors a specified data source (usually a web web service or e-mail account), and when the listened-for event occurs, initiates the designated workflow.

For instructions on creating event listeners, see "Event listeners".

Step 4: Build workflows using the DSView actions

The final step is to use Process Designer to create workflows to take advantage of the DSView actions. As with all other workflows, you drag and drop the DSView actions onto the canvas and then configure the corresponding attributes.

For details on creating and running workflows, see"Setting up a workflow" .

Step 5: Start the event listener

Once you have built the workflow process and saved it, you are ready to start the event listener(s) for DSView. This will cause Process Manager to monitor the specified data source and initiate processes when the predefined conditions are met.

DSView Actions

The DSView actions included in the integration are described below.

Add an event log message

This action enables you to use a workflow to add an event log message and associated details in the DSView console.

Add/remove user from group

This action enables you to use a workflow to add an existing user to or remove an existing user from a DSView group.

IPMI power device

 This action enables you to activate the selected power option on the specified IPMI-enabled device.

Remove user from all groups

This action enables you to quickly remove the specified user from all DSView groups.

Wall power device

This action enables you to activate standard power options on the specified device.

Some of the above attributes allow you to insert variable values using fields and their corresponding mappings. For information on using mapped fields, see "Field mapping".