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Note: HP renamed the product called now HP operations manager way too many times. Also it is very inconsistent with using abbreviations. Here we will assume that the term "HP Operations manager" and abbreviations HPOM, OMU, and OVO  mean the same thing :-)

Essentially this type of policy is a complex multilevel pattern matching rule with some subject area specific twists.

 Policy include one or more conditions that select appropriate messages from the message stream for processing. In other words condition is the term for rules against which each event is checked. Each condition consists of three major parts

Edition conditions

After you create a condition you can edit it. The top bar for each conditions contains seven submenus:

The firs and the most important submenu is "Condition". Here you specified predicate by which message will be matched.

Typically you do not need to be fancy and can match message based on application field of the message (option -a in opcmsg).

Note: After typing an appropriate field you need  to press Enter to move the input field down. Only when the text you entered "migrates down" and input field became clean you can be save it. Otherwise your input will be lost.

If match is found then some processing will occurs. If nor event is discarded or processed by default mechanism that can send it intact to the message browser.  Conditions can either "suppress" the event or "transform" the event into message. Actually there are three types of conditions:  

Conditions within a policy are  numbered and are evaluated sequentially. The first condition to match the event ends processing and none of  subsequent conditions is checked against this event. That means that when you build a set of conditions, more precise conditions should be in the top and more generic in the bottom.  Unless you set of conditions consumes all messages of the particular type the last condition should be  Suppress Unmatched Condition.

Conditions within a policy are  numbered and are evaluated sequentially. The first condition to match the event ends processing and none of  subsequent conditions is checked against this event.

Conditions match the message against several  attributes. Among them are

 HPOM compares each incoming message with each condition in the order they are listed in the policy body.

You can set up as many message, suppress, and suppress unmatched conditions as you need. I saw policies that analyze log files with hundreds of conditions. Such policies are difficult to maintain and are generally counterproductive, but it looks like to have tremendous amount of conditions is quite possible.  Not that it is recommended.

To set up conditions, follow these steps:

  1. Define Match Conditions Define a matching pattern that will be used to match messages that will be processed by this condition (incoming events)
  2. Test the pattern. Test to make sure that the pattern matching works as expected and picks up only the extected messages -- no missing  and no "foreign" (accidentally captured) messages.
  3. Set Up Message Correlation  Set up message correlation options to automatically acknowledge messages with a specific message key. That can help to eliminate frequently repeated messages and prevent cluttering up the Java GUI Message Browser.
  4. Configure Operator-initiated Actions Configure operator-initiated actions so that, every time a selected message is matched, HPOM allows a selected operator to run a script or program that you have configured.
  5. Configure Automatic Actions Configure automatic actions so that, every time a message is matched, HPOM runs a script or program automatically.
  6. Select the format and wording of output message. Configure output message.  This is the test that will be displayed to operators in Java GUI Message Browser.
  7. Define Message Attributes Define the attributes of the message to be displayed in the Java GUI Message Browser. These attributes are not necessarily the same as those for the original text matched from the message source.
  8. Define Custom Message Attributes Define your own message attributes of the message to be displayed in the Java GUI Message Browser to provide operators with more relevant information about the message. Implementing Message Policies
  9.  Write Instructions Write instructions to accompany the message displayed in the Java GUI Message Browser.

If you do not define any filters for a message source, all messages from that source are brought into HPOM for processing, provided you have chosen to forward unmatched messages to the management server.

HPOM provides a  pattern-matching language that permits  parts of messages to be extracted, assigned to variables, and used as parameters to build new message text or to set other attributes. These parameters can also be used for automatic and operator-initiated action commands. For a full list of HPOM and SNMP variables, see HP Operations Manager/Policy variables

Pattern Matching

See HPOM Patterns

Transformation rules

After a message matches a message condition, you can assign certain settings to the message before it is displayed in a browser. Assigning Message Settings You can assign new values for the following settings:

Any attribute set at the condition level overrides the value of the same attribute set by the policy defaults. You can also use part of the message text as a parameter to redefine the message text before the message is forwarded to an operator’s browser.

Custom message attributes allow you to add your own attributes to a message. This means that in addition to the default message attributes, you can extend HPOM messages with attributes of your choice, for example, the attribute “Customer” or the attribute “SLA” for service level agreements. Custom message attributes can only be set for message conditions and are only available for log file, HPOM interface, and threshold monitor policies.

The simplest way to specify the transformation is using Admin GUI.

You can also use that command opccmachg to assign attributes of your choice to a message. For more information, see the opccmachg(1m) manpage. When creating and assigning custom message attributes, you can specify attribute name and value, for example:

# opccmachg -user opc_op -id 
55d3604a-536f-71db-08c0-0a1108c90000 CUSTOMER=VIP SLA=none Device=Device1 Source=Node1 

A message matching the following condition would display with four additional columns in the Java GUI browser:

The values can contain one or more of the following: For more information, see the HPOM Administrator’s Reference.

NOTE: Custom message attributes are only displayed in the browser and message properties windows of the Java GUI.

If so configured, custom message attributes are passed to the Message Stream Interface (MSI) on the agent, the management server, or both. Custom message attributes are also passed to the trouble ticket system, the notification service, or both.

Adding Instructions to Your Message

You can add instructions to your message. Typically, these instructions describe an automatic action, provide details of how an operator should perform an operator-initiated action, or describe other manual steps for resolving a problem.

To add instructions to your message, use one of the following methods:

Responding to a Message

HPOM provides several options for responding to messages that match conditions. Operators use some of these options in Message Browser to respond to messages. Some of these responses are transparent to operators.

Responses You can choose from the following response types:

As a general rule, in instructions, you enter details about the operator-initiated actions, so operators know what exactly will be executed when the operator-initiated action is started. Normally, an operator-initiated action requires some kind of operator interaction. Or operators must set up or verify some type of prerequisite. Examples: You can forward messages to a trouble ticket system or external notification service. In addition, you can configure automatic acknowledgments after forwarding a message. Configuring Automatic Annotations and Acknowledgments For both automatic and operator-initiated actions, you can configure automatic annotations and automatic acknowledgments. An automatic annotation logs the following: If an action fails, an annotation is automatically written. When you configure an automatic acknowledgment for an action, the message is acknowledged automatically if processing of the action was successful. Without automatic acknowledgment, operators must manually acknowledge messages in the Java GUI Browser.
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Subject: Unable to Duplicate Alerts(Logfile) in HPOM       by Suresh Reddy 

May 27, 2010 Dear Experts,

We have a requirement from server team to monitor a log pattern called "DEAD PATHS DETECTED BY POWER PATH" on all HP-UX nodes. I have created a log template with message matching condition as follows


Two systems are generating these logs frequently. We are receiving alerts on java console but instead of getting Duplicate a new alert is generating when the same pattern find in the server logs.
Please suggest how can I modify the log file template to make sure the template matching the above condition instead of generating a new alert, existing alert should be duplicated in Java console.

Note : I have tried by giving the suppress time interval in advanced options in template.

Thanks & Regards,
Suresh Reddy.

Sumit Kumar

May 27, 2010

Hi Suresh,

Open your Motif GUI and go to Actions-->Server-->Configure and check mark the Suppress and Count Duplicate Messages.

Suresh Reddy

May 28, 2010

Dear Sumit,

Thanks for your replay. Suppress and Count Duplicate Messages is already enabled. Please find the attachment for the same.

Thanks & Regards,
Suresh Redddy.


May 28, 2010 11:16:50 GMT 

There is probably differences in full error line every time (like date/time etc). You HAVE TO create message key for those messages. In that case duplication is done based on message keys and not on full patterns.

Goran Koruga

May 28, 2010


Indeed - your pattern is very generic, and comparision is not done using patterns but string comparision for standard message fields (severity, text, application ...) or messages keys created automatically from those (but note that in case field contents change, so will message keys).

Use message keys like already suggested.


Suresh Reddy

Thanks a lot for your replies.

Please find the attached the file contains the alerts and the server logs. Please suggest how can I create a message key for a log file template.

My message group is OS and Application is HP OSSPI.

Shane Mann

May 31, 2010

You could use a message key like this:


So any occurrence of that string from the same node, and same logfile will duplicate match.


Shane Mann

May 31, 2010

Sorry - to apply the message key - Edit the template, edit the condition which you've already added and put those values in the message key field.


Suresh Reddy

May 31, 2010 11:42:22 GMT 

Perfect It is worked...

But I have one logfile template with 21 conditions in that this DEAD PATH is the one of the conditions.

Please let me know If I will give this as a messagecorelation :
will it work without log file pattern
OR wtih the below condition
<$MSG_NODE_NAME> lauri

May 31, 2010

Could you please explain a bit closer, what you mean? Seems like your duplication is working already, what are you trying to correlate there?

Shane Mann

May 31, 2010

You need to make the message key 'unique' enough not to duplicate messages that are not related. If you just use: <$MSG_NODE_NAME> - then *any* message that is generated with just the node name as the message key will be treated as a duplicate.

By putting the node name and the logfile, you narrow it down to messages from the same source eg: same server, same logfile. Then a string to match an equivalent line in that logfile.

You can make it much broader, if you leave the node name out - eg: <$LOGFILE>:<DEAD PATHS DETECTED BY POWER PATH> It will duplicate all messages from that logfile, with that text, regardless of which server they came from. Does that make sense?

Probably the better way to do it is to setup your message output text so that it has no unique date/time in it. Then suppress duplicate output messages (if you don't care about the number of duplicates). You are matching using:

Put this in your output text field:

And you'll find the server duplicate matching will work, even without a message key.

Either way - for your 21 conditions, you need to set a 'unique' message key, or set the output text to be consistent for each condition (no date time stamps).



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