OpenNMS Audiocast #001: VMware Integration (OUCE2012)
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This episode consists of a barcamp talk delivered at the 2012 OpenNMS User Conference Europe by OGP member Ronny Trommer on the topic of the VMware vSphere integration that Ronny, Markus Neumann, and and their colleague Christian Pape built during a one-day hackathon and have been improving to the point of readiness for merging into the bleeding-edge development branch.
Since this talk was delivered very much off the cuff as a barcamp topic, we don’t have slides. Use your imagination.
You may have thought the show was dead; that kind of thinking will not serve you well after the zombie apocalypse.
1m32s: wiki page on VMware Perl API monitoring with OpenNMS: http://opennms.org/wiki/VMwareMonitoring
Caveats from the editor:
– Use the GpMonitor sparingly; you can easily kill your OpenNMS server with the overhead of fork()/exec()ing scripts from the poller. My own rule of thumb is that nobody should ever use it.
– Be careful using PHP; the language itself has had several high-profile vulnerabilities disclosed in recent months.
4m21s Christian Pape works at the University of Applied Sciences in Fulda, Germany (aka Hochschule Fulda) http://www.hs-fulda.de/index.php?id=682&L=1
6m34s Event translation: http://www.opennms.org/wiki/Event_Translator
6m53s Steve Jin’s VI Java library: http://vijava.sourceforge.net/; DMTF’s SBLIM WBEM library: https://sourceforge.net/apps/mediawiki/sblim/index.php?title=Main_Page
7m00s Ronny states that VI Java is licensed under the GPL; the project’s FAQ (http://vijava.sourceforge.net/faq.php) states that it uses the BSD license (which is still compatible with the GPLv3)
7m15s SBLIM is indeed licensed under the EPL v1.1 which is incompatible with GPLv3 due to its inclusion of a choice-of-venue clause: http://www.eclipse.org/legal/eplfaq.php#GPLCOMPATIBLE. This is not an insurmountable problem.
18m26s the “JMX Sausage Blaster” is a humorous misreading of the original name of Markus’ JMX-ConfigTool, which was “JMX-SaugBlaser” in homage to the late German comedian Loriot’s sketch “Vertreterbesuch”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aksjhtIhfqg (the SaugBlaser, or “suck-blower”, makes its appearance at 2m40s)
20m05s there is some really annoying GSM interference here; I tried removing it without also obliterating Ronny’s voice but it’s beyond my Audacity-foo.
Most of the steps Ronny is doing during the checkout, comiping, and assembly are documented in the wiki here: http://www.opennms.org/wiki/Developing_with_Git and here: http://www.opennms.org/wiki/Installation:Source
If you’re interested in testing this integration, you can contact ronny at opennms dot org. If you want to try building it yourself or just to see what the code looks like, check out the feature-vmware git branch.
In coming weeks we’ll have at least one more episode, probably two, from talks recorded at the European conference.
Dev-Jam 2012 and the first-ever OpenNMS User Conference Americas will take place during the last week of June. Look for more episodes to come out of those conferences as well.
Thanks for listening to the OpenNMS audiocast. The show is produced entirely with free software including Audacity. You can find more information, subscribe to the show’s RSS feed, and submit your own ideas for future episodes at http://opennms.org/audiocast. This episode and the accompanying show notes are Copyright 2012 by The OpenNMS Group, Inc. and are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license.
This episode’s music is from the track “Nie Ma Szans” by the Polish band Adapters. It’s a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives track. You can find it and support the artist on Jamendo: http://www.jamendo.com/en/track/143854/nie-ma-szans. The full-length track is coming right up to take us out.
The show’s artwork is made from a Creative Commons-Attribution-2.0 licensed image from ErnestDuffoo on Flickr.
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