Associating events to devices with the administrator console

Infrastructure Management uses aliases to associate internal and external events to devices. Device aliases are generated when a device is created. They can be generated automatically by Infrastructure Management or you can define them. Infrastructure Management compares the device aliases from events with the alias defined for each device, and when a match is found, the event is associated with the device that matches the alias.

Aliases generated automatically are prefixed with BMC_ComputerSystem and use the following naming conventions, depending on how the device is generated:

  • BMC_ComputerSystem:deviceid 
  • BMC_ComputerSystem:deviceName
  • BMC_ComputerSystem:fullyQualifedDomainName
  • BMC_ComputerSystem:devicename_ip (if BMC_ComputerSystem:deviceName is a duplicate) 
  • BMC_ComputerSystem:reconid(if device is from the BMC Atrium CMDB)

When the cell receives an event, the event is processed as follows, depending on whether the event is internal or external:

  • For internal events, Infrastructure Management compares the device ID from the device alias with the device ID from the event and if a match is found, then the event is associated with the device. 
  • For external events, Infrastructure Management compares other alias values, such as BMC_ComputerSystem:deviceName or BMC_ComputerSystem:fullyQualifiedDomainName, with the event mc_sms_alias slot value, which contains device information. If a match is found, then the event is associated with the device.

If no matches are found, then the event does not get associated to any device.

When a device is created, update, or deleted in the Administration Console, the device is also created, updated, or deleted in the cell.


If a device is associated with multiple domains, the domain of the device must be the same domain captured by the mc_host slot or aliasing fails.

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