This section provides an overview of an adapter life cycle. In general, the life cycle of an adapter is as follows:
- To use an adapter, you first need to install it into BMC Atrium Orchestrator's repository. You can install it in one of the following ways:
- The BMC Atrium Orchestrator content installer. See Installing BMC Atrium Orchestrator Content.
- The upload feature in the repository user interface (uploading the AROAR file). See Uploading content to the repository.
- Grid Manager's user interface, via the Manage > Adapters page (you can provide the adapter's individual components or use an AROAR file) . See Uploading a prepackaged adapter to the repository.
- Add the adapter to a grid.
The adapter must be enabled on at least one peer on the grid for a workflow or process to use that adapter. See Adding adapters to a grid.
- Configure the adapter. See Configuring adapters.
- Enable (or "activate") the adapter on one or more peers (CDP, HA-CDP, AP, or LAP) in the grid. See Enabling and disabling adapters.
Other possible events in an adapter life cycle include the following:
- Starting or stopping an adapter — If you need to do this, see Starting and stopping adapters.
- Upgrading an adapter — If an adapter type is upgraded in the repository, you can upgrade the adapters that you have already configured on the grid and maintain the existing configuration. See Upgrading adapters.
- Disable ("deactive") and remove an adapter — If you no longer need an adapter, you can disable it. See Enabling and disabling adapters. To completely remove the adapter from the BMC Atrium Orchestrator system, navigate to the Repository user interface, select a specific adapter version and click the Delete button.
- Using custom adapters — You can add custom adapters to the repository by uploading information to define a new adapter type or by uploading a prepackaged adapter in an AROAR file. Custom adapters must be configured and enabled just like any other adapter. See Uploading a prepackaged adapter to the repository.