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Status Future consideration
Created by Guest
Created on Mar 18, 2021

Process to clean up old entities from active devices

Once a device is discovered bu ITNM, it creates many entities in NCIM database, representing the device, interfaces etc.

If any of those entities are not valid anymore (e.g., one of the interfaces is disabled), it is not deleted from the database.

It makes sense to keep the interface on the database for some time, to easily recover in case there was an error); however, over time this can cause to an accumulation of entities on the database and the increase of database size.

Also, and this is the case we have attached to this RFE, if an entity is wrongly created, it is impossible to have it removed, unless we delete the entire device and have it rediscovered, which is not desired.

Idea Priority Low
Use Case
I suggest two possible solutions: 1. Configurable maximum age Having a property setting to the domain, that once an entity (and not a device) has not been discovered for more than X days/months/years, it will be removed from the database. This is a nice way to keep the entire system clean, but may be too generic, and that's why I suggest also a second solution below. 2. Script for specific cases A script similar to RemoveNode.pl script, but instead of removing the entire node, it wil only remove the entities of that node that has not been discovered in the last X days/months/years. This solution should handle single IP/hostnames or files with IP/hostnames, just like RemoveNode.pl script.
RFE ID 149364
RFE URL
RFE Product Tivoli Network Manager