Getting started with solution administration in the TrueSight console

For customers who are upgrading to TrueSight Presentation Server, this getting started topic describes how solution administration differs from TrueSight Infrastructure Management. Solution Administrators should read this topic to understand how they can perform tasks differently in the TrueSight console.

Solution administration overview

The TrueSight console provides Solution Administrators with a consolidated interface for performing the following activities:

  • Connecting the Presentation Server to its data providers and integrating with other products
  • Setting up data collection and monitoring for IT Operations
  • Administering role-based access control to the data and monitoring features

For authentication of users and tenant management, Operations Management integrates out of the box with BMC Remedy Single Sign-on.

What is the Presentation Server?

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The TrueSight Presentation Server hosts the web-based TrueSight console functions and consumes data from various TrueSight products to provide a consolidated set of views for monitoring the infrastructure, real and synthetic applications, and capacity planning. In addition to data presentation, the TrueSight Presentation Server performs functions such as role-based access control and data management functions such as storage and persistence.

What is a data provider?

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Data providers collect and process the information that enables IT Operations to monitor IT infrastructure and applications. The Presentation Server connects to these data providers:

  • BMC TrueSight Infrastructure Management and BMC PATROL - Events, devices, and performance data
  • BMC TrueSight App Visibility Manager - Active application transactions and performance data
  • BMC Synthetic Transaction Execution Adapter Agent - Generated synthetic application transactions and performance data

Configuration of a data provider includes the following activities:

  • Connecting to the Presentation Server
  • Configuring the data provider's components, such as agents, collectors, and servers
  • Setting up data collection so you can feed that data to the Presentation Server

Tell me more about Remedy Single Sign-On

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Remedy Single Sign-On (Remedy SSO) is an authentication system that enables users to enter their credentials only once for authenticating in a multi-software environment. Upon authentication, users automatically gain access to all applications that are integrated with Remedy SSO. In TrueSight Presentation Server, Remedy SSO supports only the following authentication types:

  • Local
  • LDAP/AD
  • SAMLv2
  • Kerberos
  • Certificate-based

Based on your organization's requirements, you can configure any of the authentication types to authenticate the users for TrueSight product components. To configure and use these authentication types you must do the following:

  • Install the Remedy Single Sign-On server and configure it with an authentication server such as LDAP/AD or SAMLv2.
  • Create the required tenants (realms), user groups, and users on the Remedy Single Sign-On Admin console.
  • Integrate the Remedy Single Sign-On server with the TrueSight Presentation Server during the TrueSight Presentation Server installation or upgrade.

Contents

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Administrative consoles before and after upgrade

Before BMC TrueSight Presentation Server 10.0, administration of the monitoring systems was performed in the individual product consoles, as follows:

  • BMC TrueSight Infrastructure Management - Administrators used the Central Monitoring Administration, hosted on an Infrastructure Management Server, to download BMC PATROL Agents and Knowledge Modules, download Integration Service hosts, create installation packages, and set up monitoring policies to collect events and performance data from monitored systems.
  • BMC Application Diagnostics - Administrators used the BMC Application Performance Management Console to configure the portal, collectors, and agents, and to set up data collection and SLA rules.
  • BMC Synthetic Monitoring - Administrators used the BMC Application Performance Management Console to configure the BMC Synthetic TEA Agent and set up execution plans and scripts to generate synthetic transactions.
  • Authentication and access control were handled through mechanisms specific to the monitoring systems' architecture and consoles.


Note

Starting from the TrueSight Presentation Server 10.5 release, the Central Monitoring Administration features and functionalities have been made available under the TrueSight console. However, to access those functionalities, the TrueSight Infrastructure Management must be added as a component and the repositories must be imported.


After upgrading to TrueSight Operations Management, Solution Administrators will use the TrueSight console for system configuration, data provider configuration, and role-based access control. Security administrators or Solution Administrators will use the Remedy SSO console to define users and tenants.

Note

You still need the Infrastructure Management administrator console to configure events and adapters. For further information, see Infrastructure Management administrator console. However, for accessing all other monitoring features and functionalities it is recommended to use the TrueSight console.

Administrative consoles after upgrade

Note

The Infrastructure Management administrator console is still required to configure events and adapters. For further information, see Infrastructure Management administrator console.


Migration of system configuration to Presentation Server

System configuration will be migrated to the TrueSight console as indicated in the following topics:

Migrating component and information Reference
BMC TrueSight Infrastructure Management repository

Importing the Infrastructure Management repository

BMC TrueSight Infrastructure Management policies, user management data, and files. Migrating data from ProactiveNet or Infrastructure Management

Solution administration functions

The following figure illustrates the major functions of solution administration in the TrueSight console. For information about all configuration tasks, including those not performed in the console, see Administering Infrastructure Management and Configuring after installation.


Quick tours

Each quick tour provide a visual overview of these functions and links to how-to information.

Quick tour of security administration functions

Remedy Single Sign-On provides the user account and tenant management capabilities to the TrueSight Presentation Server. Solution Administrators create users, user groups, and tenants as realms in the Remedy SSO Admin Console. User Groups are then assigned to Authorization Profiles in the TrueSight console. For more information, see Configuring user authentication for the Presentation Server in Remedy SSO.

The TrueSight console provides role-based access control to data, system features, and features enabled by the data providers. Solution Administrators define roles and authorization profiles that control data access and the users' ability to perform functions. For more information, see Managing users and access control.

How-to links

Managing users and groups (roles)

Adding tenants (realms)

How-to links

Managing authorization profiles

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Viewing user details

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Managing roles

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Creating, editing, and deleting PATROL Agent ACLs


Quick tour of  system configuration and integration configuration

The initial configuration of the Presentation Server occurs during installation. After installation, the Solution Administrator connects the data providers to the Presentation Server and integrates other components that extend the functionality of the system. For more information, see Configuring after installation  and Integrating.

How-to links

Configuring component products in the Presentation Server

How-to links

Integrating


Quick tour of administration for common monitoring functions

The TrueSight console provides the following common features for enabling IT Operations to monitor your IT infrastructure and critical applications:

  • Dashboards - All users can configure dashboards; however, Solution Administrators or specialists need first to configure the data providers and set up data collection.
  • Application models - All data providers can leverage applications models to enable monitoring in an application context. For more detailed information, see Application models .
  • Groups - Groups help organize the information that you want to monitor. Groups created by using the TrueSight console are not specific to any Infrastructure Management server and are available only in the TrueSight console.

How-to links

Getting started with dashboards

Consolidating data views with dashboards

How-to links

Creating an application manually

How-to links

Setting up groups to monitor from the TrueSight console


Quick tour of Infrastructure Management configuration

Solution Administrators and specialists use the TrueSight console to download BMC PATROL Agents and Knowledge Modules, download Integration Service hosts, manage the monitoring infrastructure, and set up monitoring policies to collect events and performance data from monitored systems. For more information, see Getting started with infrastructure monitoring.

Note

The Infrastructure Management administrator console is still required to configure events and adapters. For further information, see  Infrastructure Management administrator console.

How-to links

Managing policies

Defining a monitoring policy

Defining a blackout policy

Defining a staging policy

How-to links

Managing Infrastructure Management devices from the TrueSight console

Performing actions on a PATROL Agent

How-to links

Importing the Infrastructure Management repository

Creating deployable packages

Deploying packages to PATROL Agents using the TrueSight console

How-to links

Defining a time frame for blackout policies

Viewing and managing time frames


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Administering Integration Service clusters

Configuring an Integration Service cluster


How-to links

Managing global thresholds on the TrueSight console


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