Administrators can modify existing adapters or create and implement their own adapters. User-defined adapters can be easily integrated into the system in the same manner as the Perl EventLog Adapter for Windows, the LogFile Adapter, and the SNMP Adapter. User-defined adapters must be Perl packages that inherit from the
MA::Engine module and define some functions that collect the desired external data. Use of such an adapter requires only that its name be entered as the
Engine parameter in the configuration file after which the Engine Manager loads it dynamically.