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Quick overview

This product contains Knowledge Modules and Monitoring Solutions that provide information about the resources or applications running on a monitored computer. The two terms are synonymous and are often used interchangeably.

A Knowledge Module (KM) is a set of files from which a PATROL Agent receives information about resources running on a monitored computer. A KM file can contain the actual instructions for monitoring objects or simply a list of KMs to load. KMs are loaded by a PATROL Agent so they can be used in a PATROL Console. 

KMs provide information for the way monitored computers are represented in the PATROL interface, for the discovery of application instances and the way they are represented, for parameters that are run under those applications, and for the options available on object pop-up menus. A PATROL Console in developer mode can change KM knowledge for its current session, save knowledge for all of its future sessions, and commit KM changes to specified PATROL Agent computers. A KM file contains the source code for a PATROL application. 

A monitoring solution is a pre-defined set of metrics that monitor the health and performance of a specific device or service. BMC monitoring solutions are composed of monitor types and attributes.

PATROL for Composite Attribute constructs a composite monitor using configured monitors in a TrueSight environment to monitor custom attributes. The KM provides great flexibility and gives you the ability to create expressions with the existing monitoring attributes. It enables you to set warnings or alarms based on the logical condition. It allows you to perform Logical and Arithmetic operations on existing attributes. 

Product documentation

The PATROL for Composite documentation helps new and experienced users implement or use this product. Based on your role, the following sections of the documentation are recommended. 

New usersGetting started
IT Operations userUsing
Technology Specialist
  • Using
  • Administering
  • Installing
Solution Administrator
  • Planning
  • Installing
  • Administering
  • Troubleshooting

All users should view and set up a watch on the Release notes and notices for the latest product information and documentation updates. 

When working in the product, click the Help icons to directly link to the topic pertaining to your task. For working offline, you can download an Adobe Acrobat PDF of this documentation from the PDFs page.

Repository

The Infrastructure Management–PATROL Repository (Repository) comprises two sets of Monitoring Solutions and KMs, known as the Base and Extended repositories.

  • The Base repository contains approximately a dozen components, including the operating system KMs.
  • The Extended repository contains approximately five dozen components, including the database KMs.

Every three or four months, several components of the Repository are enhanced or added.

The PATROL for Composite KM is a component of the Base repository. For information about downloading and installing the Base repository, see Installing.

Related product documentation

When working with the PATROL for Composite product, you might also need to refer to the following documentation:

  • BMC PATROL Agent 11.0 or later
  • Infrastructure Management–PATROL Repository

Console and product compatibility

You can use the KMs and Monitoring Solutions with several BMC consoles and products. 

ProductsConsoles
TrueSight Infrastructure Management 11.0 10.7, 10.5TrueSight console
TrueSight Infrastructure Management 10.0, 9.6Central Monitoring Administration

Parameter Reference Database

The  Parameter Reference Database (PRD)  contains reports of the parameters available from the KMs and solutions in the extensive Knowledge Module (KM) library.You can access these reports in CSV, PDF, or HTML format. 

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