Before you begin it will be necessary to determine what kind of paging service
you have. If you want to use alphanumeric paging and send full text messages,
then you will need to contact your paging service and verify that they support
the TAP protocol and dialing in by computer. Then they must tell you the phone
number you should use (it is almost never the same number as the one people use)
and the bit settings and parity requirements they support. Look in nv.carriers
for an example. You will have to create an entry in nv.carriers for your
You did not mention whether you have the UNIX version of NetView or the NT one,
but you did ask about security, so I am going to assume UNIX. Using NetView
security is not required, but the if you do paging from a ruleset, the user
information will be stored by the ruleset editor in the security database. You
need not define it in advance of creating your ruleset, but if you need to
change it later, you will need to use nvsec_admin to do it.
Assuming that you have created an nv.carriers entry already, you must also hook
up the modem to a serial port on the box and define it to the operating system.
Then you will need to define it again in the nvpager.config file. And finally
if you are not using a modem which responds to the Hayes character set, you will
need to create a .modem file. If your modem supports Hayes, then newhayes.modem
should do the job. Most of NetView side of this is covered in the Admin Guide
under "Configuring the paging utility".
Once you have hooked your modem to a serial port on your UNIX box (in AIX this
is tty0 or tty1, in Solaris it is ttya or ttyb), then you must define the
characteristics of the modem (speed, parity, and so on) to the operating system
and you must define that port so that logins are disabled. You must do this
latter or the system will spawn a getty process that will grab the modem and
never let go. You can use smitty (AIX) or admintool (Solaris) to do this.
Once you have the modem defined to the OS, then you must configure the
nvpager.config with the same basic parameters. The idea here is that, for best
results, your OS definition, you nvpager.config definition, and your nv.carriers
definition, should all match. The NetView definitions will be used to override
those of the OS, but making them all the same is a way to ensure that you make
no mistake about what they should be.
Once you have all this done, make sure nvpagerd is restarted and then try the
nvpage command from the command line to see if you can send a page. Look in the
usr/OV/log/nvpagerd.alog and .errlog if you have problems. You can also edit
the ovsuf file and add the "-d" flag to nvpagerd, which will cause him to trace
to the nvpagerd.alog
Sound like this is too hard? Call Support and get them to help you through it.
Team Leader, Level 3 Support
Tivoli NetView for UNIX and NT
Karsten.Schweiger@gecits-eu.com on 07/03/2000 03:44:55 AM
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I haven't used the pager utility before so I need information about the the
steps to be taken to use it properly, especially..
do I have to turn security on?
must I edit the nv.carriers file?
Thanks in advance.
Mit freundlichen Gruessen - Yours sincerely
Dr. Karsten Schweiger
GE CompuNet Hamburg
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