Tools for Extending Prime Network
This topic provides a brief introduction to the tools you can use to extend the features of Prime Network.
The Soft Properties tool in Prime Network Vision enables you to extend the set of supported properties for a network element (NE), by adding new (soft) properties. These properties extend the Cisco Information Model Object (IMO) and are available through the client GUI as well as through the Broadband Query Language (BQL) API. Soft properties are retrieved from the NE using Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) or Telnet/Secure Shell Protocol (SSH). In addition, alarm thresholds enable you to constantly monitor selected properties and generate an alarm every time these properties cross a user-defined threshold or violate a condition. The Soft Properties tool is launched by right-clicking a VNE and choosing Management > Soft Properties Management. To use this tool, you must have Configurator privileges.
Command Manager and Command Builder
Prime Network Command Manager and Command Builder allow you to create user-created commands and scripts that perform device configuration operations. Commands can range from simple show commands to wizards with multiple pages and input methods such as check boxes and drop-down lists. The commands you create execute a programmable sequence of SNMP or Telnet command lines. Once you have created and tested a new command, you can apply it to a wider scope of NEs. The new commands will be listed in the NE’s context-sensitive menu and can be executed from there. The commands can also be used to create transactions which call a sequence of commands.
Command Manager uses the Command Builder back-end, but it provides the following additional features:
- View the command repository, which displays all device-level commands that are available in the system
- Execute commands on multiple devices
- Use input from files to provide parameter substitution
- Apply versions to individual commands
- Create command packages
However, Command Manager commands can only be applied at the network element (IManagedElement) level, while Command Builder commands can be associated with any existing object group (IMO), type, or instance.
You can launch Command Manager from the main menu of the Change and Configuration Management (CCM) GUI. You must have Configurator privileges to run Command Manager. To open CCM, use the following URL:
http:// gateway-IP :8043/ccmweb/ccm/login.htm
To launch Command Builder, right-click a VNE and choose Management. This client also requires Configurator privileges.
Transaction Manager provides a GUI framework you can use to schedule and run transactions (activation workflows) that are created using the Prime Network XDE Eclipse SDK. It replaces the Workflow and Activation Wizard Builder features that were provided in previous releases of Prime Network. You can also run transactions using the NBI.
You can launch Transaction Manager from the main menu of the Change and Configuration Management (CCM) GUI. You must have Configurator privileges to run Transaction Manager. To open CCM, use the following URL:
http:// gateway-IP :8043/ccmweb/ccm/login.htm
VNE Customization Builder (VCB)
The VCB is a tool that allows you to enable support for currently unsupported device types, software versions, and modules. You can also use the VCB to make Prime Network process unsupported syslogs, traps, or service events as Prime Network events, or to customize the way in which Prime Network processes events.
You must have Configurator or Administrator privileges to use the VCB. The VCB GUI client is launched from the Prime Network Administration GUI client by choosing Tools > VNE Customization Builder or by using the following URL:
https:// gateway-ip :8043/prime-network-web/login.jsp
You can add launch points to external applications or URLs to the right-click menu of NEs, links, tickets, and events. When the external launch point is clicked, it invokes the external application (for example, a script or batch file), or opens the specified URL in the default browser. You can also add filters so that the launch points are only displayed if the instance meets the filter requirements. You must have Configurator or higher privileges to use this procedure.
Editing the Registry
The Prime Network registry is a collection of xml files (called hives) that comprise and control the Prime Network system configuration. The registry contains almost all definitions and configurations used by Prime Network, including whether service alarms are correlated, the settings that control flapping, the severity, and so forth. You can change these parameters using the Registry Controller available from the Administration GUI client. Other parameters can be changed using the CLI. Those parameters are documented in this guide.