Yes, MLM was designed to offload polling, both status and data collection,
to something close to the source. It was originally designed as a systems
management tool (part of Systems Monitor/6000), back when there were
generally no more than 250 nodes on a subnet, and you were intended to
put one MLM on each subnet. That's why it is limited to discovering its
own subnet. But with the Smartset you can tell it to monitor what netmon
Keep this in mind: the data collection and the thresolding functions are
different on MLM than they are on Netview. The traps are different, and the
formats of the collected data are different, due to their heritage. There
is a utility to convert MLM-collected data to the snmpCollect format, so
you can then use some of the Netview facilities on it. If you are planning
actions based on the threshold events, check them carefully in Options..
Event Configuration. The MLM data collection and thresholding offers
a richer set of functions than does snmpCollect, and as a result it is
trickier to configure. Read the online help carefully, as well as the
manual which is offered online.
There is a good redbook, still available and still applicable:
SG24-4398-01 IBM Systems Monitor: Anatomy of a Smart Agent
from February 1996.
Leslie A. Clark
IBM Global Services - Systems Mgmt & Networking
TRANNOY/France/Contr To: IBM NetView Discussion
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12/13/01 10:16 AM
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I have just seen that the MLM can not only ping what he has in his Network
bu also what we put in his smartset.
More than the status monitoring i want my MLM to do the SNMP monitoring.
I have seen with a sniffer that for the moment all the SNMP traffic is
between the devices and The Netview but can i offload this work from
Netview to the MLM? So it can reduce even more my WAN traffic
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