This quick tutorial is the third in a series. The first two tutorials are available at:
- BusinessObjects Enterprise Monitoring Probes Quick Tutorial
- BusinessObjects Enterprise Monitoring Probes Quick Tutorial 2: Running a Probe in Web Mode
If you’ve read the first two monitoring tutorials, you should be familiar with BusinessObjects monitoring probes and how they work. In this tutorial we’ll look at how monitoring probes have been designed for integration with enterprise monitoring solutions (such as IBM Tivoli, Microsoft Operations Manager, etc.).
If you look in the monitoring probes configuration file directory (Business Objectsmonitoringprobes) you’ll notice a couple of sets of configuration files with files names like these:
When you open one of these monitoring probe configuration files in a text editor, you’ll see that they are the same as standard monitoring probe configuration files except for a set of ‘connector’ tags, as shown in the following example:
What this set of connector tags allow you to do is specify an XSL style sheet, which will format your monitoring probe’s XML based output stream into the output format required by your monitoring solution.
The Monitoring Add-on package comes with two ready-made XSL style sheets (a.k.a “connectors”) – one for IBM Tivoli and one for Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM). The style sheets (totext4mom.xsl and totext4tivoli.xsl) can be found in your Business Objectsmonitoringconnectors directory. Open them up and take a look.
The great thing about having monitoring probe output in XML format is that if you happen to be using a monitoring solution other than IBM Tivoli or Microsoft Operations Manager (perhaps you are using an open source monitoring application or even your own home grown solution), you can create your own XSL style sheet to format the monitoring probes’ output stream into whatever output format you require.
A final note about integrating monitoring probes with enterprise monitoring solutions: The BusinessObjects Enterprise Monitoring Guide includes step-by-step examples for deploying a monitoring probe with IBM Tivoli and Microsoft Operations Manager. If you use either of these monitoring solutions, this information will get you started with adding BOE monitoring probes. The Monitoring Guide can be accessed here: BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 3.0 Monitoring Guide