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Getting Started – Overview

Quickstart

Introduction to Web ViewPoint Enterprise (WVP E)

Web ViewPoint Enterprise (WVP E) is an automated operation and management software Product for Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) NonStop Servers. It is browser-based and supports most popular commercial browsers, such as Microsoft Edge, Chrome, and Firefox. You may:

  • Monitor your system performance and availability, and be alerted when thresholds are exceeded.
  • Monitor and review EMS (Event Message Subsystem) messages
  • Access operational subsystems such as Storage, Spooler, Pathway
  • Set alert conditions, and be notified
  • Review

WVP E users can actively monitor their NonStop Servers and have access to a variety of operational features and analytics.  They can also set operational conditions and thresholds they want WVP E to actively monitor.  WVP E can also be set to alert others when certain events occur, attempt automated recovery from failures, and escalate to upper management when necessary. WVP E can share its information with a variety of open Enterprise platforms (e.g., ServiceNow, Moog, Splunk) using standard protocols (e.g., SNMP, JSON). Users may also forward and display metrics from WVP E onto open platforms such as Kibana and Tableau.  In an expanded role, WVP E can receive and display metrics from user Applications on NonStop. 

Live Monitor to Cloud Analytics

Web ViewPoint Enterprise monitors and displays metrics at high resolution (every 5 seconds). These metrics are held for 60 minutes in memory both on NonStop and your device browser.  Users may quickly review metrics from any data point within this time window.  Optionally, WVP E can send its all these metrics to Remote Analyst™ ( www.RemoteAnalyst.com in public cloud, or on your own premises. Additional license is required.). There, off NonStop:

  • Metrics are stored for the life of the Server
  • Analytics are performed
  • Analytic, trends, and recommendation reports are automatically generated and forwarded to users
  • Exceptions are noted, and forwarded

From WVP E, a single click on an object opens a new Window on Remote Analyst (additional license is required). You may do investigative work with access to full history of the selected object. 

Architecture

Architecture: Neighborhoods and Connections

A Neighborhood is a collection of NonStop Servers, each of which has a running copy of Web ViewPoint Enterprise. Each Server in this model is called a Resident. Each Resident holds information (e.g., IP address / name) about all other Residents in its Neighborhood. Web ViewPoint Enterprise connects to each Resident directly (Expand is not used), and in doing so learns about all other Residents/neighbors. It is therefore able to retrieve information from all Residents and display content on one or more Browser Windows as its user requires.

Web ViewPoint Enterprise connects to each Resident directly (Expand is not used), and in doing so learns about all other Residents/neighbors. It is therefore able to retrieve information from all Residents and display content on one or more Browser Windows as its user requires.

Installation: New & Upgrade

An automated installation tool is provided on NonStop. There is a separate installation manual: “WVP E Quick Install Guide” which covers installation details. 

On a new installation, it will prompt you to answer a set of configuration settings, after which it can install WVP E on one or more Servers (Residents of a Neighborhood).

Similarly, to install an upgrade, you will be prompted to select NonStop Servers where WVP E was previously installed. It will then upgrade the previous version to the new one, while saving your prior settings, logs, and profiles.

It is highly recommended that you run the same version of Web ViewPoint Enterprise on all Residents of a Neighborhood.

Before you start

What’s New

  • Data Driven Architecture. In an open architecture, you can now use Web ViewPoint Enterprise to display metrics from your own and 3rd party Applications.  Following guidelines in an Opensource format, you can develop modules that read and maintain metrics in memory from other sources on NonStop. Using a YAML structure, this information can then be passed to Web ViewPoint Enterprise. Using a fully data driven architecture, Web ViewPoint Enterprise can display the metrics on its Global Dash and include it in its Alert features, where you can set Alert and forward conditions.
  • Global Dash. A new and flexible Performance monitoring Dashboard is introduced with this release. You are now free to use the open architecture stated above, to include your applications’ metrics along with NonStop subsystems on the same screen, for one or more NonStop Servers (Residents of a Neighborhood). User interface is much improved, where nearly all features utilize point and click with no requirement for internal NonStop commands.

Navigating Through Features

Logging on to NonStop

This is the first screen displayed when you connect to the port where your Web ViewPoint Enterprise (WVP E) is installed.  Note:

Software version number/code, along with the name of the NonStop Server you are connected to are displayed to the right of the WVP E logo.

To logon:

  • Enter either your Guardian Group.User ID/name, or Alias on the top field. “Remember me” checkbox will remember your user ID/Alias for future.
  • Enter your password in the second field and click on the right arrow or hit either Enter or Return key.

Note: If you are connected to a Neighborhood, you can click on the Neighborhood/Globe icon (below the Password field) to select the Servers you want to connect to. You also have the option to choose Whether you want the same password to be used for all Servers, or you should be prompted for each node. Same Guardian Group.User will be used across the neighborhood. To use the same password on all Servers, check the “Single Sign on” box.   

Top Toolbar

Following items on the toolbar are available regardless of which screen is displayed.

They are:

  • Progress bar. Green and rotating if connection is active. Red and static if there is a disruption. When red, click to see more details.
  • Duplicate Window. Click to duplicate the current Window on a new Window. Use when wanting to see multiple windows, side by side.
  • Threshold breach. Click to see a list of all current Threshold.
  • [Quick access Drop boxes]. This is shown if you elect to see it in User Settings. It enables you to quickly access different features and Servers.
  • VHS. This supports legacy environments when application events were using VHS (Virtual Home Server). Click of the icon gives you options to open a Window for each. More detail on how they work can be found in section: VHS.
  • Help. Opens this content, but points to the section relevant to the screen currently displayed.
  • Profile. – Click displays the following:
  • Current NonStop Guardian user ID or Alias of the user currently logged on.
  • Settings:
    • Preferences.
      • Choose the initial Server and feature to be displayed when you first log in.
      • Choose whether to see the Quick Navigation dropdown boxes on the top toolbar, whether a new selection from that toolbox should open in a new Window.
    • [Change Password]. Select a Server and follow the prompts to change your NonStop password.

Note: This is displayed only if its parameter is set on NonStop to which the user is logged on to (See PARAMs section for more information).

Heirarchy

This refers to how WVP E features are organized on the browser’s left panel.  

A globe icon is displayed on the highest level. Click on this icon to see the current Performance statistics of any one or all the neighborhood Servers. Details on this feature may be on section: Global Dash.  

Below the globe icon, each NonStop Server is identified by its name (e.g., \MYNSTOP). Click on the Server name to open its leaves to access features described below:

  • Events. See live and historical EMS (Event Management System) Events.
  • Operation. Operational interface to four major Subsystems:
    • Pathways. NonStop Pathway (TS/MP) Subsystem.
    • Spooler. NonStop Spooler subsystem.
    • Storage: NonStop Storage subsystem.
      • Guardian.
      • OSS (Open System Services).
  • Analyses. Analytics on EMS Events and Storage:
    • Events. Summary to detail analytics of EMS Events over months, days, and hours.
    • Storage. Daily Snapshots of storage analytics, with summary to detail links, & commands.
  • Admin – Administration & configuration features:
    • Alerts. Setup Operation (e.g., EMS Events, NonStop Subsystems, etc.) conditions you want monitored; act when met, and alert/forward features. 
    • Analyzer. Configure Event Analyzer related settings.
    • Delivery. Configure the following settings:
      • SNMP. Define SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) information required to forward Events to Enterprise Management software (e.g., Tivoli).
      • JSON to Enterprise. Define the IP/DNS name, port number to which the JSON (JavaScript Object Notification) information must be sent.
      • SMTP Server. Define SMTP information needed to email out Alerts.
    • EMS. Settings related to Events & Alerts setup:
      • BAM. Business Application Manual is a collection of informative fields (description, cause, effect, recovery) about Events generated by your in-house applications. It Is also used by Web ViewPoint Enterprise.
      • Exceptions. Description of category of Events (Owner & Subsystem) you do not want to be bothered with.
      • Skins. Choose font type & size, and color characteristics of how Events should be displayed; give it a name and use it.  Your colleagues can create more or use yours.
      • Templates. A Template sets what you want to see on your Events screen, and how they should be displayed. 
    • Import & Export – ??
    • License. See when your license to use Web ViewPoint Enterprise on each Server expires. You may also (assuming internet connection to the outside world) receive updated licenses, or otherwise enter one given to you by HPE.
      • Pathways. Information needed to manage and interact with each Pathway subsystem.
      • Phone Carriers. Information on sending text messages through different Phone carriers.
      • Response Team. Add Information on non-guardian users who can receive email and text alerts
      • Thresholds. Warning and critical level thresholds you may for several NonStop Subsystems, which you want to visually be alerted on.
      • Users. User access authorization to Web ViewPoint Enterprise and its features.
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