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SSA getting started

Does anyone have a sample of how to use SSA?

I have SSA 2019.02 installed and I can access the application in the CMS UI.  I have gone though the documentation however the end to end process is still not clear.
https://docs.microfocus.com/itom/Universal_CMDB:2019.02/Browser/1part_modules_SSA

I have software products, primarily on UNIX, which are not in the current SAI files which I need to discover.

I anyone has additional details, or an example, it would be greatly appreciated.

Paul

 

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Hi Paul, 

 

for me it is not clear as well. The SSA looks stupid as hell. Has anybody managed to make it useful?

I am sure that I am missing something. Currently I can't understand how SSA to be used for file based recognition.

 

Petko

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I have used SSA in the past when it was still in beta version. I have yet to install 2019.11 so have not tried to set up latest SSA server.

The basic workflow of SSA as I understand:

  • Send scan files from UD Probe servers to SSA server. Managed by the ASRConfig.json configured by using the CMS UI.
  • Scan files are processed by the SSA server. The files are checked for unrecognized files and registered installed packages.
  • The unrecognized elements are checked by a machine learning program and organized by publisher, title and version.
  • An autoteach.zsai is available with these machine learning "suggestions".

The machine learning does a "fair" job of matching elements but it is not perfect. It still requires a person to validate it's suggestions. The person responsible for this activity needs to be knowledgeable about the software they are reviewing enough to know what is a "main" file. Without this knowledge applications may be misidentified.

If your goal is to increase your recognized applications in your scan files from 60% to 99% then this module will help you. I believe this SSA module is what the Micro Focus software librarians are using today to create the monthly Discovery Knowledge SAI files. Although, I think they are using a version with a much better machine learning (vertica?) data set.

I have a more strategic goal of identifying a collection of "managed" titles. For that I use the Inventory Tools Analysis Workbench and SAI editor. When I have an unrecognized installed application or a partial recognition of a managed title I use these tools to update my custom SAI files. I have yet to find a good solution to learning about these partial or unrecognized titles that needed to be added / updated. For now I just watch my recognized numbers and when they start falling off I investigate the scan files to learn if a new version has been installed that may not be recognized.

John

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Thanks for the explanation @John Goldstein ,

This is how I understand it on a high level as well. However the devel I see is in the detail. Maybe my recognized files are not complete, even though all the software inventory information is there - scanned files with checksums, rpm list, etc. 

What I currently see SSA is doing is to take the list  of rpm collection/ windows installed msi collection  and create a generic application rule based recognition, taking the rpm name patterns and putting them as a  release and version match patterns:

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 I really don't see the benefit of that, except that it saves me typing the name of the software. Therefore I assume I am doing something wrong.

What I am missing is where is the file recognition option? What if I want to take all the detected files on the server and select the ones attached to a software and create SAI entry for that? This would save the whole workbench exercise. However  the detected files from the scans are not imported in my SSA and I can't understand if that is a bug or some misconfiguration of the scan process at my side. 

Cheers,

Petko

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