What is the best way to manage Non-Cisco devices with LMS 3.0?

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Jan 8th, 2010

I know, it's not supported...but we use LMS as our entire inventory system. I can select all devices and run reports, etc. I've used the User Fields for classifying our devices. For instance, one of the user fields is Network Area. I tag all of our Ruggedcom, Verilink and Nortel routers using this field.

So, back to my question. I think LMS is spending cycles trying to talk to these non-cisco devices? I'm afraid it's part of the reason our LMS system seems so slow. I want to find a way to get LMS to stop trying to communicate with these non-cisco devices permenantly. However, I want to keep them in the system for inventory reporting purposes.

Is this possible?

Correct Answer by Joe Clarke about 7 years 1 month ago

No, you cannot schedule system inventory collection for specific device classes.  If you want to stop managing the non-Cisco devices in RME, then just set their state to Suspended under RME > Devices > Device Management > Normal Devices.  However, if you do this, you will not be able to collect inventory from these non-Cisco devices at all.

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Joe Clarke Fri, 01/08/2010 - 12:34

You can exclude the devices from Campus Manager and DFM by going to their respective device allocation screens, and excluding the device in question.  As for RME, there's nothing you can do as that is responsible for collecting inventory.

mssnider@aep.com Fri, 01/08/2010 - 12:49

I was looking through my notes from the LMS 3.0 class. I found something stating that I can schedule Inventory Collection for a group of devices. Upon doing so, these devices would be removed from the system-wide Inventory Polling/Collection jobs (RME - Admin - Inventory - System Job Schedule). Will this work in this fashion?

If so, we have a system-wide Inventory Polling job configured to run Daily. We have a system-wide Inventory Collection job scheduled to run Weekly. I thought I could configure two more jobs to run Polling and Collection on our non-cisco devices monthly or yearly?

Our LMS system has a total of over 4600 devices. Over 1000 of them are non-cisco devices.

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Joe Clarke Fri, 01/08/2010 - 13:38

No, you cannot schedule system inventory collection for specific device classes.  If you want to stop managing the non-Cisco devices in RME, then just set their state to Suspended under RME > Devices > Device Management > Normal Devices.  However, if you do this, you will not be able to collect inventory from these non-Cisco devices at all.

mssnider@aep.com Tue, 01/12/2010 - 10:23

That is exactly what I was looking for. We don't use the other sections of LMS (DFM, IPM, etc). Our main concern is RME and now I know how to stop it from spending cycles on non-cisco devices.

Thanks,

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