Exam ID HP0-M52
Exam type Proctored exam taken at dedicated testing center
Exam duration 1 hour 45 minutes
Exam length 68 questions
Passing score 73%
Delivery languages English, Korean
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Exam description

This exam tests your ability to demonstrate, deploy and manage HP BSM Operations Manager on UNIX and Linux 9.x Software to monitor and manage system availability and performance in small or medium enterprise settings, or as part of the Operations team managing systems and servers in a complex environment. Knowledge of business requirements, technical prerequisites and constraints when deploying and managing a business class installation is assumed. You will need to demonstrate knowledge of the benefits that the HP BSM Operations Manager on UNIX and Linux 9.x Software provides as a standalone system availability and performance management solution and as part of an integrated consolidated event and performance management solution. You will also need sufficient experience and fluency with the basics of operating systems, operating systems and system administration, network protocols like TCP, UDP, IP and SNMP, application components, architectures and performance metrics.

Who should take this exam?

The ideal candidate for this exam is a presales technical consultant, a system administrator or an implementer working in a team or under the supervision of a senior consultant when dealing with complex, enterprise wide deployments. The most successful candidates have at least three months (and preferably more than six months) of real world experience implementing and maintaining medium complexity availability and performance management solutions with Operations Manager for UNIX or Linux Software.

Exam contents

This exam has 68 questions. Here are types of questions to expect:
  • Multiple choice (multiple responses)
  • Multiple choice (single response)
  • Drag-and-drop

Tips for taking this exam

Rather than emphasize simple memorization, HP exams attempt to assess whether you have the knowledge and skills that a networking professional requires on the job. Therefore, some questions feature exhibits or scenarios. As you see, you will have an average of about ninety seconds per question.

Take the time to read the entire question and consider all of the options carefully before you answer. If the question indicates that it features an exhibit, study the exhibit and reread the question. Make sure to select the answer that correctly responds to the question that is asked — not simply an answer that includes some correct information. If the question asks for more than one answer, remember to select each correct answer. You will not receive partial credit for a partially correct answer.


This exam validates that you can successfully perform the following:

Key concepts, and fundamental architecture and technologies

  • Identify the benefits of HPOM.
  • Describe HPOM client-server architecture, communication channels
    and ports
  • Describe Management Server role and operations.
  • Explain the concept of Managed Node.
  • Describe basic permissions and basic user types.
  • Describe the major HPOM use cases.


nstallation of HPOM software (on the management server) and
performance of the initial configuration

  • Identify software and hardware requirements.
  • Describe the software installation and removal instructions and steps.
  • Identify the configuration defaults.


Configuration and maintainance of HPOM

  • Describe the Administrator environment.
  • Describe the HPOM security features.
  • Describe and explain policy management in HPOM.
  • Describe license management in HPOM.
  • Explain how to update the HPOM configuration.
  • Describe how to back up and restore data on the HPOM.
  • Explain message ownership.
  • Describe reporting features of HPOM.


Implementation of Message policies

  • Describe the overall process of how HPOM intercepts, processes, and displays messages.
  • Describe the overall process and analyze the steps of how HPOM intercepts, processes, and displays messages.
  • Explain how to use conditions to filter messages.
  • Explain pattern matching.
  • Build patterns and conditions.
  • Identify and describe best practices, strategies, and options for optimum message filtering.
  • Describe processing of log file messages.
  • Describe the HPOM message interface.
  • Describe processing of messages from threshold monitors, SNMP traps, and events.
  • Define Service Hours and explain how to configure service hours and scheduled outages.


Scalable architecture for multiple Management Servers

  • Describe flexible management.
  • Describe management hierarchies.
  • Describe how to configure responsible managers.
  • Explain how to forward messages between Management Servers.
  • Describe scalability scenarios.


Operational tasks using the Java GUI

  • Identify JAVA GUI installation requirements.
  • Describe the installation steps.
  • Describe and explain the JAVA GUI interface and operations.
  • Describe how to set preferences and configure settings.


Admin tasks using the Admin UI

  • Describe the Admin UI architecture.
  • Describe communication and default ports for the Admin UI elements.
  • Identify the admin directory layout.
  • List and explain shell commands to administer Admin UI.
  • Describe how to integrate the Admin UI in the HPOM environment.
  • Describe the SSH-based installation of HPOM agents via the Admin UI GUI.
  • Describe basic troubleshooting tools and processes.
  • Describe the installation and post-installation verification steps.
  • Identify installation basic troubleshooting procedures.


Event correlation in HPOM

  • Describe how event correlation works.
  • Set up event correlation.
  • Explain where correlation can take place.
  • Explain correlation of NNM generated events.
  • Describe how to access external data.
  • Explain the need for proper message reduction.
  • Define what constitutes a duplicate message - (configure correlation configurations to key on events).
  • Explain the need and the benefits of proper message reduction.
  • Describe message browser duplicate suppression.


Standard integrations and Smart Plug-Ins.

  • Describe the HPOM Web-Services integration.
  • Explain how to integrate third-party tools with HPOM.
  • Describe the value of integrating SiteScope with HPOM.
  • Identify some out-of-the box integrations (using HP SPIs or adapters).
  • Recognize the benefits of Smart Plug-Ins.
  • Recognize the Smart Plug-In components.
  • Explain how to deploy a Smart Plug-In.