Quick overview

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 and 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. 

The PATROL for Scripting KM allows you to write a script in the language of your choice, use the script to discover instances and collect performance metrics and send it to the TrueSight Operations Management.

The KM provides great flexibility and gives you the ability to add additional data collection without having to understand or write PSL. You can execute multiple scripts from multiple hosts from a single PATROL Agent. The KM supports multiple formats of the script files, like .sh, .bash, .pl, and so on. It also enables you to execute scripts locally or remotely across multiple platforms. It allows distribution of script files to remote hosts, bulk host addition for monitoring, and provides default configuration settings. It also provides some out of the box scripts to help you get started with the monitoring. 

Product documentation

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


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.


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 Scripting is a component of the Base repository. For information about downloading and installing the repository, see Downloading the repository.

Related product documentation

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

Console and product compatibility

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

TrueSight Infrastructure Management 10.5TrueSight console
TrueSight Infrastructure Management 9.6, 10.0Central Monitoring Administration
ProactiveNet 9.6Central Monitoring Administration
PATROL Consoles

PATROL Central Operator - Web Edition 

PATROL Console for Windows

Parameter Reference Database

The  Parameter Reference Database (PRD) Open link 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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