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Status Under review
Created by Guest
Created on Jul 7, 2017

Support hexstring datatype in ITNM event poll definitions or advanced polling

ITNM generic polls need to be able to report the values for common snmp datatypes, such as (especially) Hex-STRING. Today it seems that we can only specify text, int, and time in advanced polling or poll event description; OIDs with octet string datatypes are converted to ASCII by ITNM before we can see the original values. In particular, BGP-4 mibs encode IPv4 or IPv6 strings as hex-strings, and we need to be able to work backwards from a string such as this:


'74 33 1B 65' = '116.51.27.101' (Not 't3 e' – some of it is convertible, but where do you put the separations?!)
or
'20 01 02 18 40 00 50 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 01 89' = '2001:218:4000:5000:0:0:0:189' (not ' @')

To solve this problem, we would like to have a hex format string to include in the poll's event description, something like this:

eval(hexstring,"&SNMP.VALUE.cbgpPeer2LocalAddr")

I thought perhaps this was built in and just undocumented – but, no: IBM L3 told me I needed to open an RFE for this functionality.

Idea priority High
Use Case
For snmp polling, if the oid datatype is a hex-string, give us the hex-string. e.g. eval(hexstring,"&SNMP.VALUE.cbgpPeer2LocalAddr")
RFE ID 107489
RFE URL
RFE Product Tivoli Network Manager
  • Guest
    Apr 12, 2019

    Due to processing by IBM, this request was reassigned to have the following updated attributes:
    Brand - Cloud
    Product family - Operations Management
    Product - Tivoli Network Manager

    For recording keeping, the previous attributes were:
    Brand - WebSphere
    Product family - ITSM Operations
    Product - Tivoli Network Manager