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Features and Enhancements

Last update April 3, 2019

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What's New in CA Spectrum 10.2.3

This release includes the following enhancements:

Multitenancy Support through VNA Integration

From 10.2.3 onwards, SDN Gateway Integration Configuration is now called VNA Configuration on the Administration page of the OneClick UI.

CA Spectrum 10.2.3 release introduces Multitenancy through VNA integration that enables modeling of multiple selected domains in any corresponding SpectroSERVER in a DSS environment to effectively manage several devices in your network. For more information, see Multitenancy Support through VNA Integration section.

Note: SDN Integration is not supported on Internet Explorer (IE).

Multitenancy Support through VNA integration

VMware vSphere Plugin Support

CA Spectrum 10.2.3 introduces support for vSphere plugin, which ensures that the device and network downtown is minimized, customers have centralized administration and that more tasks are automated. The vSphere support will allow for CA Spectrum 10.2.3 to efficiently run and manage virtual environments. For more information, see vSphere Plugin support section.

Support for VNA - Cisco ACI Faults

Starting from CA Spectrum 102.2.3 release, the CA Spectrum-CA VNA integration supports Cisco ACI Faults. The ACI maintains a comprehensive, up-to-date run-time representation of the administrative and operational state of the Cisco ACI fabric system in a collection of managed elements or devices. For more information, see the Monitoring SDN Devices section.

VLAN Enhancements

Starting from CA Spectrum 10.2.3 release, a new OneClick view is added in the Device Information tab to display (Port) interface name from JUNIPER_VLAN MIB. For Juniper EX Series Switch, VLAN information reads data from JUNIPER-VLAN-MIB instead of dot1q bridge. The corresponding VLAN ID and VLAN Name mapping is displayed in the VLAN Spotlight View.

Support for Juniper Logical Systems Route

Starting from the 10.2.3 release, CA Spectrum supports Juniper SRX devices Logical Systems Route. CA Spectrum uses Network Configuration Management Perl script SSH mode to fetch a list of Logical Systems Routes (LSRs).
CA Spectrum discovers each LSR as a new Juniper model type. The LSR name is appended with default device name. For more information, see the Juniper SRX Devices section.

CA Spectrum - CA SOI Connector Enhancements

Dynamic Sync Feature

Using this new feature you can sync models from CA Spectrum to CA SOI dynamically without restarting the Spectrum Connector. Also, it helps to sync event format file changes from CA Spectrum to CA SOI dynamically without restarting the Spectrum Connector. For more information, see Release Notes for CA Spectrum Connector 2.0.0.259.

Enhanced Connector Logging
Enhanced Error Handling to CI and Alert level

For more information, see Release Notes for CA Spectrum Connector 2.0.0.259.

CA Spectrum - CA UIM Integration Enhancements

Configuring Integration through UIM’s spectrumgtw Probe

From CA Spectrum 10.2.3, there is a change in the GUI for configuring the Spectrum-UIM integration. The integration configuration is now completely moved to the UIM's spectrumgtw probe Admin Console, and if you are setting up the integration for the first time, you can just enable or disable the integration from the CA Spectrum OneClick Admin pages > UIM Configuration.

Existing integration users (till spectrumgtw 8.64) upgrading to CA Spectrum 10.2.3 can view and manage their integration configuration under the Legacy Integration field in the UIM Configuration page. For more information, see CA Spectrum and CA UIM.

VHM Enhancements

From CA Spectrum 10.2.3, CA Spectrum can monitor both UIM models and SystemEdge models when CA Spectrum-CA UIM Integration is enabled with Multi-tenancy. When the integration is enabled with Multi-tenancy, CA UIM origins are mapped to CA Spectrum landscapes. In this scenario, CA Spectrum monitors UIM models on the landscapes which are part of Multi-tenancy mapping and can monitor SystemEdge AIM based models on the landscapes which are not part of Multi-tenancy mapping.

vMotion Support Enhancements

From r10.2.3, in when a VM is migrated (vMotion) in VMware, then the spectrumgtw probe picks the changes and sends to CA Spectrum. The changes are shown in the CA Spectrum hierarchy. The reflection time for the changes in CA Spectrum hierarchy is based on the frequency at which UIM vmware probe publishes the changes to CA UIM. This functionality is supported for both legacy integration and integration through spectrumgtw probe.

 

Note: After deploying and starting the spectrumgtw 8.6.5, you must restart the UIM vmware probe.

Support for Customized Alarms

Starting from CA Spectrum 10.2.3, you can manage the customization (changing the severity) for UIM alarms in CA Spectrum. The spectrumgtw probe 8.65 version is enhanced to allow the Spectrum users for this customization. For more information, see the spectrumgtw AC Configuration documentation.

Reconciliation Enhancements

Starting from CA Spectrum 10.2.3, when CA Spectrum models UIM host Server and network devices such as routers or switches had the same IP address, CA Spectrum will create UIM Host Server/UIM VM models in the UIM Manager Hierarchy and stop reconciling with the existing network devices based on the IP address..

Maintenance Schedule Synchronization

Starting from CA Spectrum 10.2.3 release, the Maintenance Mode schedules on devices from CA Spectrum will be synchronized to CA UIM and from CA UIM to CA Spectrum, using the integration via spectrumgtw probe v8.65. For more information, see the Schedule Maintenance Mode section.

WebClient Enhancements

The CA Spectrum 10.2.3 release enhances support for the WebClient in the following areas:

Save Column Order

Starting from this release, you can save the order of the Alarm Table columns in the WebClient. Saving the column order allows you to persist changes with respect to the user logged in. For more information, see the Save Column Order section in the WebClient Preferences page.

Resize/Expand Table Columns

Starting from this release, you can resize Alarm Table columns to view full details of the column. When you place the mouse cursor between two columns headers, an expand arrow appears; you can drag it toward the column that you want to resize.

Inactive Timeout for WebClient 

Starting from this release, you can configure the WebClient to check for inactivity timeout. This setting can enhance network security. For example, if a user leaves the WebClient running unattended on a desktop, it times out. You can do this setting in the OneClick Administration page. For more information, see Enable Inactive Timeout for WebClient section in Using CA Spectrum WebClient page.

Refresh Button for Alarm Filter

Starting from this release, you can refresh the alarm filters without refreshing the complete WebClient. When new alarm filters are created or existing filters are modified and applied to a user or group of users in OneClick, the refresh button in the WebClient becomes active. You can click the refresh button to update the Available Filters drop-down list.

Analytics Portlet in WebClient

Starting from this release, the WebClient is enhanced to allow users to view 'events over time' trend for a selected device in Topology. You can achieve this without launching the Analytics application. The 'Analytics: Events Over Time' portlet is introduced in the Topology tab to display 'events over time' trend for the selected device. When you select a device in the Topology, you can view the 'events over time' trend of different log types that are available in the Analytics application for the last 24 hrs. The Analytics chart shows data based on count and time stamp for different types of logs. The time stamp is for every 30 min. For more information, see Analytics: Events Over Time section in WebClient Topology Tab page.

Adding Custom Menus in WebClient

Starting from this release, in the WebClient you can view menu items that are configured in the custom-menu-config.xml. You can use new menu items to launch third-party URLs and append selected Alarm or Device attributes as parameters. For more information, see Add Custom Menus in WebClient section in Using CA Spectrum WebClient page.

Interfaces Tab in WebClient Topology

Starting from CA Spectrum 10.2.3 release, the WebClient Topology page displays 'Interfaces' tab. The Interface tab in WebClient displays interface information for the selected device. You can view information about the interfaces of a device by selecting the device in the WebClient Topology tab and selecting the Interfaces tab. The Interfaces tab displays a list of the configured interfaces and sub-interfaces for the selected device, along with the parameters defined in this section. 
For more information, see Interfaces tab section in the WebClient Topology Tab page.

OneClick Enhancements

The Spectrum 10.2.3 release enhances support for OneClick in the following areas:

Refresh Button for Alarm Filter

Starting from this release, you can refresh the alarm filters in OneClick without logging out of OneClick. When new alarm filters are created or existing filters are modified and applied to a user or group of users, the refresh button becomes active. You can click the refresh button to update the Available Filters drop-down list with the new or updated alarm filters.

CA Business Intelligence JasperReports Server Enhancements

The CA Spectrum 10.2.3 release enhances support for CA Business Intelligence JasperReports Server 6.3.0 in the following areas:

Support for Network Change Management (NCM) Domain

Starting from this release, in CA Business Intelligence, a new domain is available for the NCM with NCM-related tables to support Ad-Hoc reporting. Also, the NCM domain exposes the global collection and allows you to create Ad-Hoc reports by using respective collection name.

New Dashboards in CA Business Intelligence

Starting from this release, the following new dashboards are available in CA Business Intelligence.

CA Spectrum Overview Dashboard

A new, real-time dashboard (CA Spectrum Overview dashboard) is available in the CA Business Intelligence. The CA Spectrum Overview dashboard shows current assets/alarms/availability of devices being managed by CA Spectrum. For more information, see Dashboards in CABI JasperReports Server.

CA Spectrum Monitoring Status Dashboard

The CA Spectrum Monitoring Status dashboard shows running status of the SpectroSERVER and Archive Manager on each domain. The number of models being discovered in CA Spectrum and alarms raised for the last 30 days. For more information, see Dashboards in CABI JasperReports Server.

CA Spectrum – Product Usage Dashboard

The CA Spectrum – Product Usage dashboard shows the number of accountable models that are modeled and monitored. For more information, see Dashboards in CABI JasperReports Server.

Device Certification for 10.2.3 

For more information on the newly added certification of devices, see the section on Device Certification


What's New in CA Spectrum 10.2.2

This release includes the following enhancements:

Unified Dashboards and Reporting for Infrastructure Management


Important! To use the Unified Dashboards and Reporting for Infrastructure Management capabilities, you need to upgrade to CA Spectrum 10.2.2 OR upgrade to CA Spectrum 10.2.1 and install the 10.02.01.PTF_10.2.117 on top of 10.2.1. You also need to install a new CABI instance, the CABI JasperReports Server for Unified Dashboards and Reporting for Infrastructure Management  6.3. You can download the 10.02.01.PTF_10.2.117 and CABI JasperReports Server for Unified Dashboards and Reporting for Infrastructure Management from support.ca.com. A CA Support login is required to download the solution.

The Unified Dashboards and Reporting for Infrastructure Management solution allows you to share a single CA Business Intelligence (CABI) server instance with multiple CA Agile Operations products. For more information see Unified Dashboards and Reporting for Infrastructure Management.  

From CA Spectrum 10.2.2 or CA Spectrum 10.2.1 (+ 10.02.01.PTF_10.2.117), you can share a single instance of CABI JasperReports Server for Unified Dashboards and Reporting with the following CA Agile Operations products.

  • CA Service Operations Insight (CA SOI)
  • CA Unified Infrastructure Management (CA UIM)
  • CA Performance Management (CA PM)

This solution helps you to reduce the number of CABI instances, hardware footprint that you need to deploy and maintain for different CA products. Also, enables you to view dashboards and dashlets from multiple CA products, which provides you better insight into your business operations. For more information, see CA Spectrum with Unified Dashboards and Reporting for Infrastructure Management.

Multi-Tenant support in CA Spectrum

From the release CA Spectrum 10.2.2, Spectrum supports multi-tenancy by leveraging the multi-tenant capability of CA UIM through the bidirectional CA Spectrum-CA UIM integration enabled by the Spectrum Gateway (spectrumgtw) probe. The Multi-tenancy model in CA UIM is based on the Origin tag (Ownership). The spectrumgtw probe allows you to map Origin with Landscape. The spectrumgtw probe leverages this origin tag information. For more information on multi-tenancy in CA Spectrum see Multi-Tenant support in CA Spectrum.

Alarm Filter for CA Spectrum and CA UIM Bidirectional Integration

Starting from this release, you can filter the alarms to sync from CA Spectrum to CA UIM and CA UIM to CA Spectrum. After applying the alarm filters you can see only the filtered alarms in CA Spectrum or CA UIM. You can configure the alarm filtering in the Spectrum Gateway (spectrumgtw) probe. The alarm filter solution reduces clutter and eliminates the sync of alarms that you do not want to monitor. For more information, see the section on Synchronize Specific Alarms in the Spectrum Gateway probe (spectrumgtw) Advanced Configuration documentation.

OneClick Quick Device Search Enhancements

Starting from this release, the Device Search functionality is enhanced to find a device by its full name, IP Address or a string. For more information, see the About OneClick Quick Device Search section in the Network Searches page.

WebClient Enhancements

Accessibility Enahancements

Starting from this release, CA Spectrum WebClient is enhanced to improve accessibility for differently abled users. The Spectrum WebClient enhancements provide a better user experience enabling different types of users to use WebClient and accomplish their vital business tasks. With these enhancements, in WebClient you can see changes in icons, new color coding and status text denoting model severity/icon conditions. Icons have additional indicators such as labels so that users can easily identify the severity. For more information about accessibility enhancements in WebClient, see WebClient Accessibility Features.  

Render only WebClient Topology

Starting from this release, WebClient allows you to consume only Topology in your other applications such as CA UIM and CAPM. By using this facility, the administrator users can expose the Spectrum topology to operators for the immediate findings of the problem areas in real-time. Topology driven monitoring eliminates the need for redundant duplication of work for each application. For more information, see Render only WebClient Topology.

Save Column Order 

Starting from this release, as a WebClient user, you can save the column preference settings changes to persist. This allows you save time by avoiding repetitive task of making the same changes every time you login. You can save the columns selected from column list in settings, and the order of columns set for the alarms table.

Route Target Based Discovery Enhancements

Starting from CA Spectrum 10.2.2 release, the VPN Manager hierarchy for Route Target based discovery is modified in the Explorer view. The Explorer view now lists the VPN models in the navigation tree instead of Route target models. With this enhancement, the VPN condition alarms that are being asserted on the VPN Manager model are asserted on the VPN model. For more information, see Run VPN Discovery based on Route Target.

Support for Alcatel Service Routers

Starting from the Spectrum 10.2.2 release, CA Spectrum MPLS and VPLS support has been enabled for Alcatel Service Routers. For more information see MPLS and VPLS Manager sections. See the device certification section to know more. 

 Alcatel PSS Series

The Photonic Service Switch (PSS) is a technology used for optical networking which converts a single wavelength of light into a virtual network. It is comprised of optmized platforms with various deployment environments for networking, interconnecting data centers positioned at network junction points to multi-layer, efficiently scaling large metro and multiservice optical networks. As part of service assurance and managing underlying IT infrastructure CA Spectrum leverages common software, hardware, management and control to offer seamless operations across the network through the Photonic Service Switch (PSS) technology.  For more information, see Alcatel Device Management section.

Viptela IWAN Support

Viptela is an SD-WAN solution. CA Virtual Network Assurance collects inventory and performance metrics from Viptela to support SD-WAN monitoring. For more information, see the section on integration.  

The plug-in collects inventory for the following:

  • Sites
  • vEdge router
  • vEdge interfaces
  • Tunnels
  • vManage 
  • vSmart

See device certification section for more information on vEdge router, vSmart Controller, vManage and vBond Orchestrator certifications. For more information about SD WAN support for Viptela, see VNA Documentation for Viptela.

Cisco Device Management: Cisco ASA Devices Failover

 The CA Spectrum 10.2.2 release introduces an attribute to manage firewall mode for the device model. For more information on customizing and default value, see Cisco ASA Devices Failover. 

WLC Manager Enhancements: Moving Access Points (APs) with WLC

The WLC Manager includes an option to move access points (APs) along with the WLC. For more information, see WLC Manager.

Support for configuring Multiple SDC (Secure Domain Connector) instances on the same host server

From this release, CA Spectrum is enhanced to support the creation of multiple SDCs on the same server. This enhancement reduces the hardware burden for customers as in previous releases of CA Spectrum, the Secure Domain Manager did not support running multiple SDC processes hosted on the same server. For more information on configuring multiple SDC instances on same server, see Configure Multiple SDC (Secure Domain Connector) processes on a Single Server.

SNMPv3 Profiles dialog (GUI changes for Authentication and Privacy)

In CA Spectrum 10.2.2, SNMPv3 Privacy and Authentication options have been added to the GUI in the SNMPv3 Edit Profiles Dialog. For more information see Edit SNMPv3 Profiles Dialog.

Previously configured snmpv3 profiles are missing in the 10.2.2 release, during an upgrade. This issue requires a patch on top of the 10.2.2 version, install the patch to fix the issue. The patch details are 10.02.02.PTF_10.2.208. The salesforce ID for this issue is 00903607.

SecureDomainConnector Status

You can now ascertain the status of Secure Domain Connectors (including FT/ Primary and Backup SDConnector). When the connection with SDC is lost or the SDC goes down, appropriate alarms are generated in CA Spectrum. For more information, see SDC Status.

Support for ServiceNow (Istanbul)

From this release, the service desk integration CA Spectrum with ServiceNow supports the Istanbul release of ServiceNow. 

JasperReports Server Enhancements

New Jasper Reports and Domain

In CA Spectrum 10.2.2 release, new jasper reports and a new domain is added. For more information, see Available Out of the Box Reports and Domains.

CA Spectrum 10.2.2 Device Certification Updates

Click here to see the full list of devices that are certified in CA Spectrum 10.2.2.

What's New in CA Spectrum 10.2.1

This release includes the following enhancements:

CA Spectrum and CA UIM Integration Enhancements

Overview

Selective Inventory Synchronization

Starting from this release, the Spectrum and UIM integration supports selective synchronization of Server Management entities only. This functionality allows you to avoid full inventory synchronization of and select only the server inventory which you want to get synced from UIM to Spectrum. For more information, see 'Selective Inventory Synchronization' section in the Integrating CA Spectrum and CA UIM through the Web Server for Server Management page.

Custom Attributes Synchronization 

Starting from this release, you can synchronize custom attributes from UIM to Spectrum. When you enable the CA Spectrum-UIM Bidirectional Management integration, custom attributes are synced from UIM to CA Spectrum. For more information, see 'Custom Attributes Synchronization' section in the CA Spectrum and CA UIM Bidirectional Integration page.

Supporting AWS (Amazon Web Services) Cloud Monitoring

Starting from this release AWS Cloud (Amazon Web Services) Monitoring is supported by CA Spectrum using the CA UIM and CA Spectrum integration. The aws (Amazon Web Services) Monitoring probe deployed in CA UIM enables the metric data collection from the AWS instances. This data is then synchronized from CA UIM to CA Spectrum. For more information, see Supporting AWS (Amazon Web Services) Monitoring.

Supporting azure (Microsoft Azure Monitoring) 

Starting from this release Microsoft Azure Monitoring is supported by CA Spectrum using the CA UIM and CA Spectrum integration. The azure (Microsoft Azure Monitoring) probe deployed in CA UIM enables the metric data collection from the AWS instances. This data is then synchronized from CA UIM to CA Spectrum. For more information, see Supporting azure (Microsoft Azure Monitoring).

Additional Event mapping from CA UIM Probes to CA Spectrum

From this release, CA Spectrum no longer considers all events from CA UIM as generic events. From the CA Spectrum 10.2.1 release, events from specific probes are mapped to unique event codes in CA Spectrum so that you can customize them and manage the events raised on CA UIM more effectively. For the list of metric-event mapping from the probes supported in this release, please see Additional Event mapping from CA UIM probes to CA Spectrum.

ESX Host Server Maintenance Mode enhancement

From CA Spectrum 10.2.1, you can now choose whether to retain the default correlation between the ESX host and the VMs during Maintenance mode. By default, all the VMs under the ESX Host are automatically placed in maintenance mode. You can now choose to set only the parent ESX host server in maintenance mode and not the child virtual machines that are hosted on the ESX server. For more information see, Place ESX Host in Maintenance Mode or Hibernation.

SNMP Profile synchronization

From this release, SNMP profiles for CA Spectrum inventory in a global collection are synchronized by the Spectrum gateway (spectrumgtw) probe to SNMP Collector so that it can monitor those without re-entering SNMP credentials.

When inventory data is synchronized from CA Spectrum to CA UIM via spectrumgtw probe, the SNMP credentials are also synchronized and stored in the CA UIM database. The SNMP profiles synchronized from CA Spectrum are shared with the Discovery server, and once the SNMP Collector probe provides the IP range relevant to the profiles synchronized, you no longer need to re-enter the SNMP credentials while logging in to the CA UIM interface. 
The configuration of integration parameters is done in the Spectrum gateway configuration. This capability is only available for the integration between CA Spectrum 10.2.1 and CA UIM 8.5.1 using the spectrumgtw probe 8.6 versions.

SSL communication between Spectrum Gateway (spectrumgtw) probe and CA Spectrum

The CA Spectrum- CA UIM integration between CA Spectrum 10.2.1 and CA UIM 8.5.1 using Spectrum Gateway (spectrumgtw) probe 8.6, supports secure (https) communication between the gateway probe and CA Spectrum. You need to configure the CA Spectrum OneClick Server for SSL (HTTPs) and ensure that https is selected as the communication protocol in the Spectrum Gateway (spectrumgtw) probe configuration. See Configure OneClick for Secure Sockets Layer.

WebClient Enhancements

Launch CA App Experience Analytics (AXA) Dashboard from WebClient

The new CA App Experience Analytics (AXA) integration with CA Spectrum leverages the log analytics platform to provide log based insights for users. Users can now view log analytics based dashboards for selected alarms through this integration. The log analytics platform ingests data from multiple sources and provides 360 degree information about the fault device expediting the troubleshoot and triage of network problems. The Dashboard helps you to visualize and investigate further into the network issues real-time. For more information, see Launch CA App Experience Analytics (AXA) Dashboard.

CA Spectrum 10.2.1 Platform Updates

The Spectrum 10.2.1 release contains the following upgraded third-party components:

  • Apache Struts 2.3.32
  • JRE 1.8.0_121

Other Enhancements

Network Configuration Manager (NCM) Enhancements

Starting from the Spectrum 10.2.1 release, CA Spectrum NCM supports SSH using Jsch libraries also (in addition to the default MindTerm SSH) to perform NCM Captures and uploads for CISCO and Juniper devices using SSH configuration. For instructions see the Support for Jsch SSH libraries section in the Network Configuration Manager Extension Utility page.

SAML Authentication

The Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) authentication feature (to allow OneClick to use SAML Single Sign-On security management capabilities to authenticate CA Spectrum users) is available for Alpha testing purpose onlyplease reach-out to SpectrumSAMLSupport@ca.com for more details.

Enhanced VRF support for Cisco Nexus devices

Starting from this release, there is enhanced support to Cisco Nexus devices where CA Spectrum now displays the list of VRF available on the devices along with the IP Routing table for each VRF. You can now select the specific VRF you want from the VRFs available on the device and view the IP Routing table corresponding to the selected VRF. For more information see, Enhanced VRF support for Cisco Nexus devices.

Enhanced support for Cisco Nexus devices with virtual device context (VDC) 

Starting from the CA Spectrum 10.2.1 release, there is a change in the hierarchy in which Cisco Nexus devices with virtual device context are modeled and displayed in CA Spectrum OneClick. The container hierarchy creation is no longer created within the Universe hierarchy, in the OneClick Explorer view. A new  Virtual Device Manager hierarchy is created in the Explorer view, where all the Cisco Nexus devices that support virtual device context are discovered and modeled. The CiscoVDC container which was being created in CA Spectrum 10.2 will be automatically removed and all the VDC models will be automatically modeled and displayed under the Virtual Device Manager hierarchy in the Explorer view, after you upgrade to CA Spectrum 10.2.1. For more information, see Cisco Nexus devices that support Virtual Device Context (VDC).

CA Spectrum 10.2.1 Device Certification Updates

Click here to see the full list of devices that are certified in CA Spectrum 10.2.1.

What's New in CA Spectrum 10.2

CA Spectrum 10.2 Features

This release includes the following new features:

CA Spectrum and CA UIM Bidirectional Integration

This release enables Bidirectional integration between CA Spectrum 10.1.2 (or higher) and CA UIM 8.47 using the spectrumgtw probe v8.4.7.

The spectrumgtw (Spectrum Gateway) probe provides a Bidirectional (CA UIM to CA Spectrum and CA Spectrum to CA UIM) integration between CA Unified Infrastructure Management and CA Spectrum enabling you to perform the following actions:

  • Export and correlate CA Spectrum Inventory from a Global Collection to CA UIM inventory.
  • Select Unidirectional/ Bidirectional synchronization of alarms (UIM to Spectrum, Spectrum to UIM, Bidirectional.)
  • Bidirectional Clear / Update of alarms
  • View symptomatic CA Spectrum alarms in the context for the root-cause alarm in CA UIM
  • Bidirectional Ticket ID synchronization

. For more information, see CA Spectrum and CA UIM Bidirectional Integration.

The architecture for the CA Spectrum and CA UIM integration has undergone major changes from CA Spectrum r10.1.2.
We recommend you to go through the CA Spectrum-CA UIM Integration using spectrumgtw probe - FACT SHEET to understand the changes to the integration if you are new to this integration or an existing user.

Reconcile CA Spectrum Report Data

Starting from this release, you can reconcile the CA Spectrum report data, which helps you to avoid re-initialization of reporting database when you reload the ssdb. For more information, see Reconcile CA Spectrum Report Data section in the Reporting Database Management page.

CA Spectrum 10.2 Enhancements

This release includes the following enhancements:

WebClient Enhancements

This release supports the following new functionalities in the WebClient:

WebClient Topology

Starting from this release, you can access the Topology in WebClient for your physical network, virtual network, and virtual machines. The Topology tab in WebClient displays a graphical depiction of your network. CA Spectrum WebClient allows you to arrange models in topology layouts, such as the circular, symmetric, global, and incremental layout. For more information, see the WebClient Topology Tab section.

Performance Chart in Topology

The UIM Performance chart in the Topology of WebClient displays the performance chart for UIM devices that are discovered in Spectrum. For more information, see the UIM Performance Chart section in the Topology Tab page.

Custom Alarm Attributes

You can view your custom attributes in Alarm Table Column Preferences and can add them to the Alarm Table. You can create and add custom attributes in OneClck and see them in the Alarm Table Column Preferences in WebClient. To know how to create and add custom alarm attributes in OneClick, see Customizing OneClick Alarms.

Alarm Table Column Preferences

The new Alarm Table Column Preferences option in WebClient displays alarm attributes that are available to you in OneClick. It also displays custom attributes that are available to you in OneClick. The Alarm Table Column preferences are in sync with OneClick. This window allows you to update the Alarm Table to show or hide the alarm attributes. For more information, see Alarm Table Column Preferences section in the WebClient Preferences page. 

Alarm Table Columns

You can update the Alarm Table with attributes available to you in WebClient. The Alarm Table Column Preferences window displays all the attributes available to you and allows you to show or hide them in the Alarm Table. For more information, see Update Alarm Table Columns section in the WebClient Alarms Tab page.  

To know more about Alarm Table Column Preferences, see Alarm Table Column Preferences section in the WebClient Preferences page.

Available Alarm Filters

The Alarm Filters feature in WebClient is now moved from the Filter pane to Alarm pane. To be consistent with OneClick, it is renamed as Available Alarm Filters. The Available Filters option works in combination with the filter selected in the Filter pane or Alarm Dashboard. For more information, see the Filter and Search Options in the WebClient Alarms Tab page.

Enhancements to CA Spectrum-CA UIM Integration

Out of box solution for managing VM as a server

You no longer need to deploy the vmware probe to synchronize VMware inventory. If VMs are being monitored in CA UIM it can be pulled into CA Spectrum for Server management.

Note: The vmware probe allows you to monitor standalone ESX Host Servers and it's corresponding hierarchy in a CA UIM context. CA Spectrum, however, identifies and monitors only VCenters and the subsequent hierarchy, which were being monitored by vmware probe directly, but does not identify and display standalone ESX Servers' hierarchy.

Delete Unreported Entities in CA Spectrum

Reduces churn caused because of deletion during synchronization, and provides the ability to delete unreported entities from CA UIM. The entities/ models that were previously reported only as part of virtualization integration and were auto-deleted will be placed in the Unreported Entities/ Models container, if they are no longer reported. See Delete Unreported Entities.

Spectrum Fault Tolerant Scenarios

Back-end changes have been made to CA Spectrum to prevent modeling new entities, reported by CA UIM, in a particular SpectroSERVER if it is a Secondary SpectroSERVER. However, updating the models and their relationships will still be done in secondary SpectroSERVER.

Logging Improvements

Improved the OneClick Server logging for Spectrum-UIM integration to give insights into what has been modeled and what was not, movement of VMs across different ESX hosts, relationship additions and deletions etc.

Reconciliation Enhancements

Till now CA Spectrum used to reconcile entities like Vcenters, VMs and Hosts. From this release onwards, CA Spectrum will be able to reconcile logical entities like Datacenters, Clusters and Resource Pools with existing models of corresponding entity types if they were modeled previously to prevent duplication in error scenarios.

CA Spectrum will now reconcile ESX hosts with existing ESX Hosts or UIMHostServer models only. If an ESX host is reconciled with a UIMHostServer model then the existing UIMHostServer modeled will be deleted and  a new ESX model will be created for that ESX host. This newly created model will be part of both Virtualization and Server hierarchies.

Improved Scale 

The release of CA Spectrum® r10.2 enables you to opt for increased capacity and scale by allowing you to monitor huge number of devices with fewer landscapes. Using the Huge Landscape Handle type, during installation, you can now create landscapes in CA Spectrum which can support huge model count, (up to two million models). With this enhancement one can now further consolidate the distributed setups of CA Spectrum® and further reduce the total cost of ownership.

Software Defined Networks (SDN) Enhancements

Starting from the Spectrum 10.2 release, you can monitor the Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) Devices in your VNA environment. Cisco ACI is a fabric, which uses policy model provision by Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (Cisco APIC) for networks, servers, storage, security, and services. The Cisco ACI related plug-in of VNA collects inventory for various items such as ACI Tenants, ACI End Point Groups (EPG) and so on. Fore more information, see Integrating CA Spectrum with CA Virtual Network Assurance.

Discover Connections Queue Enhancements

Starting from the Spectrum 10.2 release, the Discover Connections feature is enhanced to allow you to run discover connections on multiple devices. If a discovery is already running on a device, the remaining devices are added to the Discovery queue. For more information, see the 'Discover Connections Queue' section. 

CA PM Enhancements

Starting from the Spectrum 10.2 release, You can control the life cycle state of devices in CA Performance Management using CA Spectrum. Changes in the Spectrum can trigger changes in CA Performance Management. For more information, see the Manage Device Life Cycles section in the CA Performance Management - 2.8 documentation.

CABI JasperReports Server Enhancements

The Spectrum 10.2 release enhances support for CA Business Intelligence JasperReports Server 6.3.0 in the following areas:

  • Support for SSO - The single sign-on solution(SSO) from JasperReports Server to establish a session between the Spectrum Report Manager and Jasper console. For more information, see Enable Single Sign-on(SSO) using Token based Authentication in JasperSoft.
  • Support for Use SSL with Jasper - The Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) enabled JasperReports Server. For more information, see CABI JasperReports Server Integration with CA Spectrum.
  • Import and Export Data in JasperReports Server - Allows you to import and export through the 'Web UI' and through the 'Command Line'. For more information, see Import and Export Data in JasperReports Server.

Network Configuration Manager (NCM) Enhancements

  • Starting from the Spectrum 10.2 release, CA Spectrum supports the fallback mechanism for NCM operations. As part of this, a Secondary communication mode is added. Also, the username/password/enable password is added as a list by which you can configure multiple username/password/enable password combinations. For more information, see the Configure Device Family Communication Mode section in the Configure a Device Family page.

OneClick Interface Search

Starting from the Spectrum 10.2 release, the Component Detail panel in OneClick is enhanced by providing an option called Interface Search in the Interfaces tab. The Interface Search allows you to search for an interface in the interfaces list by interface name. The search can be a case-sensitive or case-insensitive search. You can use Previous or Next buttons to navigate the matching entries. 

Snooze/Unsnooze Alarms for All Users

Starting from the Spectrum 10.2 release, an Administrator user can snooze and unsnooze alarms for all users. For more information, see the Manage Alarms section.

Service Manager Enhancements

In the Service Policy Editor Information Table, the column name 'Current MOT' in the 'Table Preferences' dialog is now renamed as 'Peak Outage Time'. The 'Peak Outage Time' indicates the maximum outage time a service has undergone.

Recording User Actions in OneClick

Starting from the Spectrum 10.2 release, you can record user activities in CA Spectrum. The user action recording helps you in auditing the user activities such as user creation time, created by, deleted by, deleted time, Landscape name where the user is created, by whom the user is moved to the cross groups etc. 

Modeling Gateway Enhancements

Starting from the Spectrum 10.2 release, the Spectrum modeling gateway can export Global Collections and Services without any errors even if they have any duplicate names, as the modelling gateway uses model handle to uniquely identify the duplicate names.

Maintenance Scheduler Enhancements

Starting from the Spectrum 10.2 release, the Maintenance scheduler is enhanced to create a schedule to run on the Nth occurrence of a week day in a month, such as the second Monday or the third Tuesday of every month.

Support for DHCP Access Points

DHCP IP changes are now supported for APs; duplicate models were being created as dynamic IP's were created when WLC/ AP down/ reboot happened.
AP name changes are now supported and the updated AP name will reflect after the next polling cycle of the WLC.
For more information, See WLC Manager

Support for Cisco AP SSO: Access Point Stateful Switchover

This release supports Cisco SSO protocol which helps ensure that the two controllers are always in sync with a duplicate copy of the AP information available on the secondary controller. In this case, when the primary controller goes down the AP can move over to the secondary controller instantly, this means the client devices will not experience any SSID downtime, the Cisco SSO protocol also transfers the security keys of all the client devices connected through the AP, to the standby controller, so that the client can re-authenticate seamlessly. For more information, see Access Point Switchover

Support for Aruba WLC and APs

This release extends the WLC & AP support for Aruba Wi-Fi. This includes the ability to discover and model Aruba wireless controllers and connected access points,  proactive tracking, monitoring and troubleshooting of wireless controllers, access points, and corresponding mobile stations.  The users can not only manage the WiFi real estate vis-à-vis the other network devices, they can also control number of users connected to the AP, upload/download volume of data and other parameters to allow holistic management of their Wireless environments. In this release, we have also added support for Locater Search, Spotlighting Aruba WLC and AP and allow you automatically detect the Role change (Master to Backup, Master to Local , Local to Master, etc all combinations). See Documentation Updates for more information.For more information, see Support for Aruba WLC and Fault Tolerance.  

Support for Cisco Virtual Device Context 

The release of CA Spectrum® r10.2 enhanced to support Cisco Nexus VDCs. It allows the switches to be virtualized at the device level. Each VDC will have its own configuration and will present itself as a unique device. CA Spectrum® will discover and consider each VDC as a separate device and automatically groups all the VDCs of a switch together. Visualization is enhanced, where customers can now view details for per VDC interfaces, statistics such as resource allocation and utilization. Topology view is also enhanced to show the connectivity of each VDC with Root case analysis applied on each of them. Moreover, correlation will happen at the device/admin context level. For more information, see Cisco Nexus devices that support Virtual Device Context (VDC)

Support for Check Point Virtual Firewall

The release of CA Spectrum® r10.2 is enhanced to support Check Point virtual networking solution, hosted on a single computer or cluster containing virtual abstractions of Check Point Security Gateways and other network devices. These virtual devices provide the same functionality as their physical counterparts. Spectrum automatically discovers all the virtual systems in a VSX Gateway and models them as individual devices. Visualization enhanced where customers can view details per virtual system interfaces, status of virtual systems and metrics like VPN throughput, number of connections. Root cause analysis will be applied for each virtual system and also correlation will happen at the device/root context level. For more information, see Certifying and supporting virtual systems within Check Point Firewall

Support for additional Service Desk Integrations 

This release supports integration with the following Service Desk solutions/ticketing systems:

  • BMC Remedy (8.1, 9.1)
  • HP Service Manager (9.32)
  • ServiceNow (Geneva, Helsinki)
  • CA Cloud Service Management (FireFly)

This enables better communication between the operations center and the service desk, helping to automate an efficient workflow process, reduce mean-time-to-resolution, lower overall management costs. Enables automated and real-time updates as problems are triaged and resolved. Enables real-time visibility into the current status of problem conditions. Supports policy-based automated alarm ticket submission. Supports on-demand ticket submission from the CA Spectrum OneClick. For more information, see CA Spectrum and Service Desk Integrations.

Platform Updates

The Spectrum 10.2 release contains the following upgraded third-party components:

  • CAPKI 5.1.2
  • Java 1.8.0_112
  • MySQL 5.5.53
  • Axis2 - 1.7.2 

  • Tomcat - 7.0.72

  • VisiBroker 8.5 SP3
  • Jasper Reports Server 6.3

CA Spectrum 10.2 Device Certification Updates

Click here to see the full list of devices that are certified in CA Spectrum 10.2.

CA Spectrum 10.2 Vulnerabilities

This release includes the fixes for the following vulnerabilities:

 

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  1. Dan White
    2016-12-16 02:34

    Hi This link to https://docops.ca.com/display/CSP/.Reporting+Database+Management+v10.2#id-.ReportingDatabaseManagementv10.2-ReconcileCASpectrumReportData - did not work, either not present or CA- staff only access? Thanks Dan.

    1. Vijaya Kumar Gonela
      2016-12-19 12:07

      Hi Dan,
      Thanks for your feedback!
      We have corrected the link. It should work fine now.
      Regards,
      Vijay
      Information Engineer 

  2. Christopher Cashell
    2017-03-29 12:13

    The link for the "Manage Alarms" docs, https://docops.ca.com/display/CSP/.Manage+Alarms+v10.2#id-.ManageAlarmsv10.2-SnoozeAlarms, under the Snooze/Unsnooze Alarms section, is broken. Returns page unavailable.

    It's from:

    Snooze/Unsnooze Alarms for All Users

    Starting from the Spectrum 10.2 release, an Administrator user can snooze and unsnooze alarms for all users. For more information, see the Manage Alarms section.

    1. Vijaya Kumar Gonela
      2017-03-30 08:43

      Hi Christopher Cashell,
      Thanks for your feedback!
      We have fixed the link issue in the source page for Manage Alarms. We will publish the update by today EOD.
      Thanks,
      Team DocOps 

  3. Matthew VanBurgel
    2017-03-29 11:13

    The link for selective inventory sync isnt working. https://docops.ca.com/display/CSP/pagenotpermitted.action?pageId=373936053#id-.IntegratingCASpectrumandCAUIMthroughtheWebServerforServerManagementv10.2-SelectiveInventorySynchronization

    1. Vijaya Kumar Gonela
      2017-03-30 08:44

      Hi Matthew VanBurgel,
      Thanks for your feedback!
      We have fixed the link issue in the source page for Selective Inventory Sync. We will publish the update by today EOD.
      Thanks,
      Team DocOps 

  4. AMIT Khandelwal
    2017-10-31 03:03

    On clicking " Render Only Webclient Topology" for 10.2.2 , it says Page not found

    1. Vijaya Kumar Gonela
      2017-11-01 01:11

      Hi AMIT Khandelwal, Thanks for your feedback! We have fixed the link. It should work fine now. Regards, Team DocOps

  5. Shauna DORSEY
    2018-01-16 03:40

    We need to add include that the IPadress option has been removed and now customer can use the search box for both IP address and text.

    1. Vijaya Kumar Gonela
      2018-01-22 06:46

      Hi Shauna DORSEY,

      Thanks for your feedback!
      We have updated the page for OneClick Device Search enhancements that are delivered in 10.2.2 release.

      Regards,
      Team DocOps 

  6. Bernard Clairmont
    2018-02-23 12:48

    Why do we have What's new in 10.2.2 and 10.2.1 in the 10.2.3 release notes?

    1. Abhijit Das
      2018-02-26 04:31

      Hi Bernard,

      Docops uses the same space for all service pack releases, in this case 10.2.x releases.
      Customers using 10.2.1 for instance will also be directed to the same space. Consequently, the current space has information pertaining to all since 10.2. 

      Regards,
      Team DocOps

  7. Adrien Stozicky
    2018-08-03 03:39

    Hi there is a mention of recording user activities but no further explanations this should be fleshed out using this KB as a model https://comm.support.ca.com/kb/run-reports-on-spectrum-user-activity-events/kb000009819