Product: Perl4Patrol

A Perl Module that you can use to communicate
directly to BMC Software's PATROL Agents via Perl scripts.

 

Perl has been around for years. Licensed under the GNU Public License, with the source code freely distributed, Perl has become a wildly successful and robust programming environment.  Primarily developed in the open systems environment, it has been ported to a vast array of platforms, including Microsoft.  The rich integration capabilities of Perl have made it the choice language of systems integrators to “glue” one application to another and make them work together.  A common example of this is interfacing the Web Server with a backend database server via Perl “modules” (i.e. CGI) to enable the database content to be delivered to the end user in a nicely formatted context. 

What is Perl?  (From: http://www.perldoc.com/perl5.6/pod/perlfaq1.html) --> "Perl is a high-level programming language with an eclectic heritage written by Larry Wall and a cast of thousands. It derives from the ubiquitous C programming language and to a lesser extent from sed, awk, the Unix shell, and at least a dozen other tools and languages. Perl's process, file, and text manipulation facilities make it particularly well-suited for tasks involving quick prototyping, system utilities, software tools, system management tasks, database access, graphical programming, networking, and world wide web programming. These strengths make it especially popular with system administrators and CGI script authors, but mathematicians, geneticists, journalists, and even managers also use Perl. Maybe you should, too."

BMC Software’s Patrol line of software offers the most comprehensive, world class, best of breed enterprise monitoring and management tool on the market today.  It’s unparalleled vertical and horizontal scalability make it the tool of choice for Service Assurance. It monitors and can help manage the enterprise from end-to-end to ensure the availability, capacity, and performance of the operating system and application space.

ManageIT has developed the perl4patrol module that bridges the two environments: Perl and BMC Patrol.

Typically, folks who are charged with the responsibility of systems management or integration work, who have a broad range of responsibilities, do so with 4GL environments such as shell scripts, Perl, Windows Batch Files, or other procedural languages.  Programming languages such as C, C++, and Java are usually reserved for programmers, who have a very narrow but deep view of the “point tool” that they are charged with creating.  At ManageIT Inc., our experience has educated us that people who are charged with the responsibility of managing and monitoring servers, applications, and/or networks, are not typically from a programming background, yet they write a prolific number of scripts, be it shell scripts, Perl, et. al.  

The advantages of perl4patrol are many:

o         Allows personnel charged with the responsibilities of systems management/monitoring to take advantage of functions provided by the PATROL API, without knowing C!

o         Create custom scripts or even applications written in Perl that interact with your new and/or existing PATROL environment.

o         Take existing in-house developed Perl scripts, and modify them to interact with your PATROL environment.  This saves time and money, as you do not have to rewrite your code into PSL, unless of course, you want to.

o         Integrate Patrol to another application using a Perl interface!

o         Perl scripts, when developed with care, are easier* to port across multiple platforms.  C programs are not, as you have to locate (and sometimes pay for) a compiler that will build your application on each target platform.   perl4patrol, which supports most popular platforms, you can write your Perl script with perl4patrol once, and run them anywhere perl4patrol is supported. (* anything is easy if you know how to do it J)

o         Although the Patrol Agent does have the ability to launch Perl scripts via it’s native command types, via the locally installed Perl interpreter, the interaction between the Perl script and Patrol is extremely limited.  PATROL will only understand a numeric return code from the script.  Using perl4patrol, the Perl script can now interact with the Agent’s namespace, and even execute PSL code embedded in the Perl script itself.  Of course, these scripts can be run as a command from [Pre-]Discovery or Parameters, or be executed on a standalone basis.

o         Given the incredible popularity of Perl (a freely available language, but can be commercially supported, analogous to what Redhat is to Linux), and it’s respective robustness and , a Perl script writer has access to dozens and dozens of modules available on the Web.   At the time of this writing, one can view the list of modules at this link: http://www.perl.com/CPAN-local/modules/index.html, and there were roughly 4500 modules for a user to choose from.

o         Finally, you can use perl4patrol within mod_perl (a Perl module that is dynamically loaded by the Apache Webserver, enabling extremely fast execution of Perl scripts, within Apache.  Why not hook in perl4patrol to interact with your PATROL environment?  Build your own web enabled Patrol Console!

By integrating the extensive capabilities of the Perl language, coupled with the robust scalability of BMC’s Patrol, System Administrators can develop comprehensive solutions to assist monitoring and event management throughout the Patrol enterprise.

Licensing

Historic Note: Prior to the release of perl4patrol V2.0, perl4patrol was a free unsupported module.  Due to the overwhelming (but very good!) amount of communication requesting support for some library incompatibilities, requests for support for certain Perl distributions, some internal bugs in the code, interested parties asking us to write scripts for them to perform specific functions, ManageIT has made the decision (with BMC Software's encouragement) to take perl4patrol to commercial status.  As such, ManageIT will no longer provide fixes for prior releases of perl4patrol.  We think (and have been repeatedly told) that our product offers immense value to BMC Patrol Administrators/Developers, Systems Management Developers and Architects, and IT Infrastructure integration.   Now that it is commercial, you can be assured that our attention will be focused on providing the best service.

ManageIT is able to provide demo licenses to those who are interested in testing out the perl4patrol module prior to buying it.  Contact sales@manageit.ca for details!


Documentation

  • You may view the perl4patrol User's Guide here:

  • BMC Software's Web Site is located at: http://www.bmc.com

  • There is a vast wealth of information about Perl on the Web.  You can start here: http://www.perl.com


Downloads

perl4patrol has been successfully tested with PATROL Agents version 3.3.X --> 3.6.X.  We even tested with V3.2.5, but not extensively, but the tests we conducted did work.  Contact support@manageit.ca for your particular situation

NOTE: Although you are able to download the product files, you will not be able to connect to a PATROL Agent, unless you obtain a license from ManageIT.

Licensing terms and conditions are covered at the end of the perl4patrol User Guide.

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Platform

 Supported Perl Versions perl4patrol module (V2.2)
AIX 4.3.X/5.X 5.005_03 Coming soon
5.6.1 Coming soon
5.8 Coming soon
HP-UX V11.X 5.005_03 Email Us
5.6.1 Email Us
5.8 Email Us
Linux (Redhat V7.3, V8.0) 5.005_03 perl4patrol-V2.2_linux_perl-V5.00503.tar.gz
5.6.1 perl4patrol-V2.2_linux_perl-V5.6.1.tar.gz
5.8 perl4patrol-V2.2_linux_perl-V5.8.0.tar.gz
Solaris V2.7,2.8,2.9 5.005_03 perl4patrol-V2.2_solaris_perl-V5.00503.tar.gz
5.6.1 perl4patrol-V2.2_solaris_perl-V5.6.1.tar.gz
5.8 perl4patrol-V2.2_solaris_perl-V5.8.0.tar.gz
ActivePerl-5.6.1 perl4patrol-V2.2_solaris_ActivePerl-5.6.1.tar.gz
ActivePerl-5.8 perl4patrol-V2.2_solaris_ActivePerl-5.8.tar.gz
Windows XP,2000,NT ActivePerl 5.6.1 (Build 633) perl4patrol-V2.2-wintel-ActivePerl-5.6-Build-633.zip
ActivePerl 5.8.0 (Build 806) perl4patrol-V2.2-wintel-ActivePerl-5.8-Build-806.zip

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