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Operations Manager on Linux migration instructions

We have updated the Operations Manager on Linux migration portal with detailed instructions on the three migration paths from HP Operations Manager 8.x on Unix (either HP-UX or Solaris) –

  1. Standard migration to HP Operations Manager 9.x on Unix

  2. Alternate migration to HP Operations Manager on Linux (HP OML)

  3. Alternate migration to HP Operations Manager on Windows (HP OM for Windows)

We recently had a large customer complete this migration over a weekend. Everything worked smoothly. They will be sharing their experience at HP Software Universe in June.

For HP Operations Center, Peter Spielvogel.

OH, IL, WI, IN, MI Operations Center Technical Roadshow - April 20th to April 29th - Don't miss it!

Ever wish you could talk face-to-face with more technical people about Operations Center and Network Management Center products? Don’t really have the time or budget to travel very far to do so?  Well, here is a great opportunity to meet and talk with technical experts on products like Operations Manager and NNMi – right in your background.

Vivit will be hosting a series of six (6) one-day sessions, where there will be a nice mix between presentations and Q&A sessions around these products.  The sessions will be held in the following states on the following days:

- (Columbus) Ohio – April 20, 2010

- (Orrville) Ohio – April 21, 2010

- (Dearborn) Michigan – April 22, 2010

- Wisconsin – April 27, 2010

- (Chicago) Illinois – April 28, 2010

 - (Fishers) Indiana – April 29, 2010

Feel free to contact me if you have any further questions about this roadshow at

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Lillian's Crystal Ball: virtualization, Linux, and 7 billion communication devices

Another guest post by Lillian Hull, Product Manager for Operations Manager on Linux and Operations Manager on UNIX.
- Peter

I had the pleasure of attending the 45th annual IDC Directions 2010 in Santa Clara, CA earlier this month with a few of my colleagues.  This is the third Directions I’ve been to personally, and it was well worth the time.  It was great to be able to take a step back from the daily minutiae and contemplate the forces that are shaping the IT industry as well as spend some time with analysts.  While 2009 was certainly economically challenging across the globe, it appears that there are at least some bright areas in 2010.  For example, in 2010, some of the interesting highlights around IT include:
1.  there are some 7 billion communication devices in place of which 5 billion are not computers and
2. there are 50 million servers in place and 50% of those are virtual (“ICT Outlook: Recovering into a New World”, IDC March 2010).  I am excited by the opportunities for monitoring all these devices to help people manage the future.

Server trends in the industry show that while the Windows market will most likely continue to grow, and the UNIX market is expected to be flat to declining, Linux is a significant player with the Linux ecosystem estimated at $25B market by IDC.  Aligning with the direction of the market, HP released Operations Manager 9.0 on Linux last September 2009 and is starting to see more and more customers introduce it into their IT environments.

So, looking into my crystal ball, the road ahead looks a bit smoother this year than last year for the IT industry.  Do you see what I see?

For HP Operations Center, Lillian Hull.

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Operations Manager Migration Portal

Updated on 5/6/11 with updated URLs.


Updated on 5/7/10 with new escalation contact - Jon Cyr.


Updated on 4/2/10 with more migration details.
- Peter


Customers have several choices in upgrading from HP Operations Manager 8.x on Unix (either HP-UX or Solaris) –


  1. Standard migration to HP Operations Manager 9.x on Unix

  2. Alternate migration to HP Operations Manager on Linux (HP OML)

  3. Alternate migration to HP Operations Manager on Windows (HP OM for Windows)


For many customers, the standard migration is the best choice.  “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”  For customers who are standardizing on commodity hardware, such as AMD or Intel x86-based systems, then one of the alternate migrations may be an attractive option.  Both HP Operations Manager 9.x on Linux and HP Operations Manager 8.x on Windows (and later versions) software bundles include the management server, Performance Manager and Reporter.  Whatever migration customers choose, there is a three-phase process:


  • Qualification and gathering information about your configuration and license entitlements

  • Software license key upgrade

  • Technical upgrade, including installing software, patches, hotfixes and downloading documents


Phase 1: Qualification and gathering information
Before you update, make sure you have all the information you need on hand.


Step 1:
Go to HP Software Product Manuals website.  For HP OML, choose Product -> Operations Manager on Unix, Product version -> 9.00, Operating system -> Linux or. At a minimum, read the chapter about migration in the document with title “Operations Manager Installation Guide”


For HP OM for Windows, choose Product -> Operations Manager for Windows, Product version -> 8.16, Operating system -> Windows.  Read the document with title “Operations Manager Installation Guide”.  You may also find the recently published “Operations Manager Performance and Sizing Guide” helpful.


Step 2:
Verify that you have a valid support contract for HP OMU 8.x (e.g. OVOU 8.x).  An active support contract entitles you to the standard or alternate migrations listed above.


Step 3 (not needed for standard migration):
Fill out the License Exchange Request template and send to HP sales rep or business partner to submit to HP internal teams for processing.
Once the internal processing is completed, customer should receive the entitlement certificate and notification that support contract has been updated from HP.


Phase 2: Software license key upgrade
Now that you have the entitlement certification, you are ready to get the permanent license key. 


You can then log onto

Select the “Generate License” button and enter the split order # contained in the Entitlement Certificate.  Then, select the products to which you have been entitled and enter any requested data.  The license key will be displayed and you can download the license file.  In addition, Webware will email the license key to you after the session is complete.


Phase 3: Technical upgrade
You can download the software from the portal once the support contract has been updated.


Step 1:
Go to SSO online to the MyUpdates portal which is available via the “Download” tab.  From the MyUpdates portal, you can download the software.


Step 2:
For the standard migration without changing platforms, or if changing platforms to Linux, if you did not already download the appropriate manuals from the HP Software Product Manuals website earlier, see Operations Manager Installation Guide (chapters on “Migrating HPOM” and “Upgrading HPOM to Version 9.00”) which provides detailed information about the technical upgrade/migration process.  If changing platforms to Windows, please see relevant documents including Operations Manager Deployment Checklist, Operations Manager Installation Guide, and Operations Manager Release Notes.


For HP Operations Center, Lillian Hull and Jon Cyr.


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Operations Manager 9.0 on Linux Now Available

I am excited to announce general availability of HP Operations Manager 9.0 on Linux! (That's me holding the media kit for OML.) Although Operations Manager has been able to monitor Linux system for years, this is the first version of Operations Manager that can run on a Linux server. This gives the increasing number of customers that have moved to Linux a way to standardize on that platform for all their monitoring needs.

This latest version of Operations Manager extends a 15-year tradition of innovation. It gives organizations the ability to reduce the cost of managing their increasingly complex IT environments by consolidating events into a central console and to speed the time to resolution by identifying the root cause of event storms.

As previously noted in this blog, HP is positioned in the “Leaders” quadrant in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for IT Event Correlation and Analysis.  IT Event Correlation and Analysis software helps decrease mean time to repair and prioritize IT support by how much value it provides to business processes. You can manage agents and perform configuration exchange among Operations Manager management servers on Unix, Windows and now Linux.

While it is a new offering that allows customers to leverage industry standard hardware (x86-64) and Linux open source software, it also shares the same level of stability and robustness as its ancestor, Operations Manager on Unix.  We have taken a large step in convergence of Operations Manager functionality across different platforms and are convinced that customers will reap the benefits of this commonality including decreased training costs and lower development costs through re-use of common elements.

Judging from the volume of email and phone calls I’ve been receiving asking about availability of HP Operations Manager on Linux, I’m positive there will be a healthy demand for the newest member of the HP Operations Center family of products.

For HP Operations Center, Lillian Hull.

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Introducing Operations Manager on Linux

Thanks to Lillian Hull, Product Manager for Operations Manager on Linux for providing the background information and customer quotes for this blog post.
- Peter

HP Operations Manager has long had the ability to monitor Linux servers. We are now getting ready to release a version of Operations Manager that runs on Linux. This complements our existing Operations Manager on Windows (OMW) and Operations Manager on Unix (OMU).

Linux penguin

At HP Software Universe in June 2009, HP disclosed that Operations Manager on Linux was in external pre-release review (many software companies call this a beta program). Here is some of the feedback we received:

  • “This is the smoothest installation I’ve ever done.” 

  • “We downloaded OMU 8 polices and uploaded to OM Linux and verified they were viewable and editable in the new Administration UI.  These steps went without any problems.”

  • “For everything we tried, OM Linux is rock solid.”

Customers are moving to Linux for several reasons. The key drivers include: desire to standardize on a single platform, cost reduction, find an alternative to Windows, and leverage open source solutions including customizing them to meet specific domain-specific needs.

Giving customers the ability to run Operations Manager on Linux will complement HP’s support of Linux on HP Integrity servers and HP Proliant servers.

We have now successfully completed the external pre-release review phase of this program and are actively working towards general availability of this exciting new offering.

For HP Operations Center, Peter Spielvogel.

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