HP IMC – Mass Recover Active Alarms

This is going to be a quick blog.

So sometimes in IMC when you are first getting things up and running, people make the mistake of leaving their alarms for too long. Or they just alarm on everything and don’t filter out unnecessary alarms. I’ve actually seen one customer who had over 40,000 current alarms in their system.

Even at 200 alarm a page, that’s a lot of clicks to acknowledge/recover them all.

So the question has come up: How do I do a Mass Recover on all current alarms.  It perhaps would be nice for a big red button,

but instead you’re going to have to follow the following procedure from the servers console ( not the web interface ).


1.       Stop imc OR just stop imcfaultdm.exe in DMA

2.       Access “IMC_DIR\server\bin” from the command prompt  – ( most likely c:\program files\imc\server\bin)

3.       Run “start_env.bat”

4.       Run “imcfaultdm.exe -clean”

5.       Start imc OR just start imcfaultdm.exe in DMA

note – make sure you run this from a DOS (cmd.exe) window or it won’t work. ( windows environmental path variables )

That’s it.  It’s not a big red button. But it works.



11 thoughts on “HP IMC – Mass Recover Active Alarms

  1. Fantastic – had a pile of alarms caused by a chatty syslog generator (firewall).

    Although I had to run cmd.exe as an administrator.


    • Hi @nicklowe

      From my perspective, neither of these things would really make sense to be honest. The right way to go here is to control your events BEFORE they become a problem.

      I’ve typically seen this method used when people install IMC and don’t filter out link state traps on for non SNMP/server connected ports.

      The other place I’ve seen massive amounts of alarms is in a environment running PVST+ and MSTP at the same time. Unless you have properly tuned the event sources and filters in you environment, there’s a risk of having a lot of alarms.

      as to the automatic purging, I’m not sure why one would bother with putting in an NMS if you we’re only going to ignore what it was telling you.

      There are a lot of buttons and knobs that can be twisted to adjust the amount of events which are raised to full alarms. If there was a button to clear them all, or a auto purge function it would result in people just pushing the button all the time and not actually investigating WHY the alarms were happening. Or worse, just ignoring them because eventually they will just go away.

      Kinda defeats the whole purpose, no?

      If you feel it’s something you want in the product though, let your local account team know and they can raise a feature request with product management.


  2. Put this in Notepad save as .bat file extension…next best thing to having a button

    ECHO Program to Clean IMC Error Messages out of Log All at Once
    ECHO Press Any Key to begin
    cd “C:\Program Files\iMC\server\bin\”
    call start_env.bat
    start imcfaultdm.exe -clean
    start imcfaultdm.exe

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