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sap5.PNGCheck out this month’s In the Spotlight article for Atrium Discovery’s June 2012 TKU release, which focuses on improvements in the way Atrium Discovery identifies and models SAP.

 

Just a reminder that you can find a complete list of new patterns and improvements to existing patterns that are contained in the June TKU release on the Atrium Discovery website.

 

And finally if you are a regular user of Atrium Discovery, you may want to bookmark this page to find the latest TKU links and information.

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TKU-may-spotlight.pngYou may already know that you can extend Atrium Discovery’s “knowledge” by applying the monthly TKU release.  Each monthly Technology Knowledge Update will contain both new patterns and enhancements to the patterns that are used to identify software running within your estate.

 

Click here to have a look at the contents of the May 2012 TKU release.

 

What you may not know is that the TKU team provides a deep dive look at one of the new or enhancement patterns that is included in each monthly TKU release.

 

So check out this month’s in the spotlight article which focuses on how Atrium Discovery is able to identify Symantec Critical System Protection processes running on both Windows and UNIX platforms.

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Non-vid-CET-2.pngIn this week’s post I want to introduce a new type of CET for Atrium Discovery, the non-video tutorial. Unlike video, a non-video tutorial does not have an audio portion. The tutorial viewer allows you to view each slide and read any narration that I’ve written to go along with the slide. Use the scroll bar (1) to scroll down to view the next slide and narration notes.

 

Now check out the section just below the tutorial viewer; just as with video tutorials, I provide a description, duration and access to any extra downloadable resources (2).  The version is just as important as with video tutorials so make sure you to take this into account when view a tutorial.  You can also rate each non-video tutorial just as you can for video tutorials (3).  Your ratings will help me improve the quality of all ADDM CET’s. So please provide your rating when you view a tutorial.

 

So why have non-video tutorials at all?

 

Well firstly I can create more new and refresh more existing material by having the option of producing some material as non-video tutorials.

 

Secondly I’ve received some feedback that it may be easier and faster for you to consume this way. But what do you think? Check out a few ADDM non-video tutorials and let me know what you think by providing a comment or just liking this blog post.  And check out part three of this series where I’ll talk about ADDM CET courses and tagged tutorial “bundles”.

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Vid-CET-5.pngOver the past several months, Adrian and the Atrium Discovery website team have been working hard to roll out several changes to the Atrium Discovery CET home  that I’d like to highlight over a series of posts.  If you’re new to Atrium Discovery CETs (Community Enablement Tutorials) then look at this blog post as an introduction.  However if you have been regularly using these tutorials, then allow me to point out a few new changes and perhaps a few things that you may have overlooked.

 

So today I want to provide a few helpful tips when viewing the Atrium Discovery video CETs. 

 

A video CET is a narrated video tutorial about one of the various Atrium Discovery features or topics.  Sometimes the tutorial is a self contained topic (such as Taxonomy and Model) and sometimes they form a part of a series that should be viewed together (such a Mastering CAM Basics I-IV).

 

I’ve recently started  labeling all ADDM video tutorials to make it easier for you to find them.  Just check out the "Popular Labels" area (1) on the ADDMcet home page

 

Now that you know how to find all the ADDM video-tutorials, let’s have a closer at the image of the video tutorial player and I’ll point out a few things that are often missed.

 

In orange (2), you can see the tabbed menu section.  This section usually defaults to the outline tab, but most people miss the fact that you can click on the search tab to search the tutorial for keywords.  This is great to use when you need to skip directly to a specific part of the tutorial. You can also view the text version of the tutorial narration by either clicking on the notes button shown in red (3) or from the tabbed menu.


In green (4), you can see the description and the duration of the tutorial and a link to the extra downloadable resources, if they are available.  But pay attention to the version of the tutorial because there may be subtle differences between the version of the tutorial and the version of Atrium Discovery you are using.

 

Finally, I want to point out something farily new, you can now rate a tutorial.  You can see the rating section here in purple (5).  I’ll use this feedback to improve the quality of all Atrium Discovery tutorials, so please help by providing a rating when you view a tutorial.

 

I hope you'll use a few of the tips that I've listed here the next time you watch a video tutorial on the Atrium Discovery CET Home. Please check out my next blog post where I’ll introduce Atrium Discovery non-video CETs.

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MF-Flow_FloatRight.pngHave you ever wondered how Atrium Discovery sees in the world of Mainframes?  Well, we have two Community Enablement Tutorials that will take you through how it all works and what you need to do to get the most from it.

 

The Mainframe Discovery I tutorial begins with the best practice steps to configure Atrium Discovery to communicate with the z/OS discovery agent and bring back Mainframe discovery data.  I also show how to use the newly enhanced credential audit trail to troubleshoot problems with the initial setup.

 

Mainframe Discovery II starts out with a basic primer of all the different Mainframe internal components and how they are modeled within the Atrium Discovery datastore. This is key to modeling the various business applications that may run across distributed and non-distributed devices within your estate. 

 

The second of these modules also touches on the mainframe pattern templates, and I explain how they can be used to enable certain mainframe discovery methods that were disabled by default.

 

If you’re interested in discovering Mainframes with Atrium Discovery, these will give you an excellent foot in the door!

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Get started with these two community enablement tutorials, which will get you up to speed.

 

Start with CMDB Sync I, where I give an overview of the CMDB Sync process, then outline the steps needed to setup CMDB Sync and how to setup a sync filter.

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Once you get setup, go on to view CMDB Sync II , which covers how to add syncmapping extensions by using the CMDB syncmapping template patterns.  You can also view how to set up multitenancy (multiple companies on a single estate) so you can set company the attribute on the hosts and devices that are discovered.  Finally find out where the data goes once it’s synced.

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Have you ever wondered how Atrium Discovery is able to discover Windows hosts? Well, we’ve made it easier in our latest Service Pack.  You can find out how to configure Windows discovery by viewing the following Community Enablement Tutorials (CETs):

 

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Windows Discovery CET
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Atrium Discovery Overview - Here I begin to show how Windows host discovery differs from hosts that are running a flavor of UNIX.

 

Configuring Windows Discovery - As the name implies, this module is entirely dedicated to Windows discovery.  By the way, there’s a great new way to set up and manage Windows Discovery in Atrium Discovery 8.3 Service Pack 2.  It’s not in the CETs just yet, but it’s in the docs, so you can go and see it there until we get a chance to put together a tutorial for it.

 

Discovery Credentials I - This tutorial explains how to setup discovery credentialsfor UNIX, windows and SNMP.

 

Then, finally, we have Discovery Credentials II.  This tutorial explains how to test basic session authentication and how best to manage and order your credentials.

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Community Enablement Tutorials (CETs) are for everyone that wants to know more about Atrium Discovery and Dependency Mapping.  There are modules that cover basics to advanced topics.

Where should I start?

Are you new to Atrium Discovery? Try viewing the Atrium Discovery Overview and Discovery Quick Start Guide.  First, the Atrium Discovery Overview provides a great first timers guide to Atrium Discovery, giving a better understanding of what kinds of data ADDM collects and how it stores the data in a way that is easily searchable.  Then go on to view the Discovery Quick Start Guide once you are ready to discover hosts within your estate.

What if you’re not new to Atrium Discovery...

What if you’re not new to ADDM, but are new to ADDM 8.3?  Try viewing the CAM Demo videos (they’re in the docs) and then the Mastering CAM Basics tutorial series.

 

These are a great place to start learning more about Collaborative Application Mapping - one of the things that really makes ADDM stand out from the crowd. Start with the CAM demo videos; as the name implies they are great place to learn how to use CAM.  Then go on and take in the rest of the Mastering CAM Basics series if you would like to start mapping business applications.   I’ve even provided a few CAM labs that will allow you to get a bit more practice at using CAM.

 

So, what are you waiting for – go and get started with the ADDM Community Enablement Tutorials.

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