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Tracing the communication can be done (if not otherwise specified) using tracemon on the server and the HPOM agent tracing on the node. See the following chart for trace settings.


With this tool you can perform the following message operations:

  1. Acknowledge
  2. Unacknowledge
  3. Own
  4. Disown
  5. Delete

You can also change the severity of a message.

This tool is especially helpful for mass operations, since it takes only a fraction of the time the same command takes when executed in the Console.


OvChangeMsg /ch <TypeOfChange> /Exp <QualifyString> [/delim <DelimChar>]


OvChangeMsg /ch <TypeOfChange> /{FA|FU} <FileName> [/delim <DelimChar>]

SEV=<Num> Change severity of qualified messages to level <Num>.

Possible values for <Num>:

Note: DO NOT insert blanks into severity specification!




ovconfchg -ns eaagt -set OPC_TRACE TRUE\
      -set OPC_TRC_PROCS opcmsg,opcmsgi,opcmsga\
      -set OPC_DBG_PROCS opcmsg,opcmsgi,opcmsga\

Results are written in:

to stop traceing execute command:
ovconfchg -ns eaagt -set OPC_TRACE FALSE;

DNS Discovery fails

1) Check if the DNS server allows the list command (see online help)

2) Check if the Dns Discovery service is started

3) Make sure that there is no access problem to specific DNS domain.

4) Make sure that the DNS server is available.

5) Use the script test_allprov.bat to test this provider (see How to test the WMI

providers) (p.77)

How does the agent report that it is installed?

1. Agent side:

During (manual) installation a file “install_notif” is created in the agent’s tmp directory

(InstallShield or opcactivate). This triggers that the agent makes a SendInfo() RPC call to

its management server with call type CSM_C_INSTALL_NOTIF. This call contains node

properties like DNS name, IP address, OS type (uname info).

2. Server side:

The OvEpEventReceivers component (OvEpMsgActSrv.exe) processes this SendInfo call

and generates an OvEpUnmanagedAgent (OvEpInfo) object. This object is queued in

the queue file UnmanagedAgentQueue.

3. The OvEpUnmanagedAgentWriter object reads the object from the queue and:

4. Checks by using the AgentId contained in the call if the node is already managed. In

this case the OvEpUnmanagedAgent object is ignored (just tracing)

5. Otherwise a new WMI instance of class OV_UnmanagedAgent is created. In order to

populate the properties of the new WMI object a mapping of the received “uname

properties” to the OSType and SystemType value of the OV_ManagedNode class is

done (hardcoded).

6. An OvMsmAccessManager write lock is acquired and the newly created instance is

written to WMI.


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