The Umbrella Management Center is supposed to be the Central
Point of Information in a System Management Center. With the UMC the System Manager can easily
organize his SMC, coordinate and control the daily work.
The powerful Open Source Application is based on LAMP
The UMC runs on PHP 4, but can easily be upgraded to PHP 5. Same applies to
the underlying MySQL 4 Database.It can store easily some million records and
is designed to provide best possible performance.
3 Level Access Control
Before you can start, you need an UMC-Login,
which you will get from the UMC-Manager, by creating a user in the
User-Form. The UMC-Login is just an application Login, not passed to the MySQL
database underneath. In high security environments, the UMC will log each Login
attempt checkng the user's ipaddress to exclude, that another user is trying to
hack your account. For security reasons, your account will be locked, after 3
bad logins. Moreover, each Input Form is protected by a form-password. Bad
form-passwords will also lock your accont after 3 attempts, of course. If the
UMC locks an account, it will also create an Alarm, which will rise in severity,
if 10 Bad Logins have been exceeded.
Thus, it is impossible to hack the UMC,
without notice, provided you use at least not easy to guess 6 byte passwords.
Apart from that, in standard configuration it is technically impossible to login
to the MySQL database from the network.
Customer Information is typed
in or collected by probes automatically.
In order to type in Information and display it, there are 15 Standard Forms
The UMC Form Generator
can easily create private Forms, which automatically integrate in the UMC
application. Thus, each user can have a private form for his personal use,
which is protected by a personal form password. Before you start a search,
you should clear the form by clicking on the Clear-Button. When you click
the List- Button most fields like customer are included in the search. The
search will be case insensitiv and many entries are extended by the SQL-Wildcard
sign '%' automatically. Thus, in many cases, you will only need to enter the
very first characters. Non-indexed fields like the phone number are also preceded
by the wildcard sign, which allows to search for substrings. When the search
returns just one record, the data is autoloaded into the form. Otherwise you
can load any record into the form by using the 'Jump to Button'.
The Output Window
Any kind of output information is displayed in the
Output Window. For example, each User can be posted an individual Welcome
Message, which is automatically displayed, when he logs in. Furthermore, each
update or insert will be confirmed through the Output Window .
UMC Right Button
The UMC Right Button provides elegant short cuts in
the UMC application. For example, you can return to the login Page or connect
to the VNC Server just by clicking the UMC right Button.
UMC Users can use hotkeys rather than clicking on the
corresponding buttons, by pressing:
<alt + first letter of button label >
UMC Dynamic Lookup Lists
The UMC Application provides both, static and dynamic
lookup lists. Dynamic lookup lists are created on the fly by looking up the
current entries of the corresponding tables, while static lookup lists are
hardcoded in the HTML Page.
Each Form can be displayed in a printable letter format.
The design for the printouts can be different for each form. Thus, you can
have high quality printouts without using extra application software.
UMC Form Layouts
The UMC can provide multiple Layouts. By default there
is a standard layout for basic Browsers and an extended Layout for Browsers,
that fully comply with the HTML 4 Standard. Furthermore, the UMC can use multiple
Form Layouts to support forms in different languages.
UMC Virtual Notepad
Each Form incorporates a virtual Notepad, which allows
you, to easily note down each taken action. The virtual Notepad will automatically
store the timestamp and Userid for the action. Thus, it is very easy to follow
up what has been yet done on a certain item. Moreover, it will be of great help,
if you search for a solution for a similar or already analyzed problem. Besides,
there is a Form for Troubleshooting, in order to define standard actions for
Probes will process any kind of alertfile in order to deliver
all sorts of alarms to the Umbrella Management Center automatically. Probes can
be configured to filter, categorize and deduplicate alarms. There are 4 Out-of-
the-Box Probes and 2 Watchdogs available:
There are 3 ways to correlate alarms. You can easily correlate
alarms by their source, which is usually the hostname or the time range they
were created. A more sophisticated way to correlate alarms, however, is to take
even the network into account, which is done by the system manager and cannot
be automated for the time being.
The UMC provides an Alarm Correlation Button, which will correlate alarms which
were created within the correlation windowsize, grouping the alarms by customer