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Managing federated data stores

A data store can represent multiple sources of external data. For example, a data store can represent data from databases (retrieval type) or launch in context links. You can use the Federation Manager to federate external data through a data store, making that data available to view and query with BMC Atrium Configuration Management Database (BMC Atrium CMDB) tools, such as BMC Atrium Explorer.

After you have created a data store, you can configure federated definitions using the retrieval and launch methods.

Method

Steps

Retrieval

  1. Create a federated data store.
  2. Create a federated class.
  3. Create a federated relationship.

Launch

  1. Create a federated data store.
  2. Create a launch interface.
  3. Create a launch link.

The following procedure includes an example for a Calbro Services administrator who wants to create a new data store for the computer system information stored on a Microsoft SQL Server database. You have already created a plugin for this database, as described in Creating plugins for federated data.

To create or modify a data store

  1. Open Federation Manager.

    Federation Manager interface
  2. In the toolbar, click Manage data stores and definitions.
  3. In the Data Store dialog box, perform one of the following actions:

    Action

    Steps

    Create a new data store

    1. Select Create new Data Store.
    2. Enter a name that briefly describes the data store.
    3. Provide a full description of the data store.
    4. Click Next.
      The new data store is created after you click Next.

    Modify an existing data store

    1. Click Edit to modify the name or description of the data store.
    2. Click Update to save your changes.


    For example, the Calbro Services administrator would select Create new Data Store, provide a name of Federated Weight Data for Banking Servers, describe the data store as Microsoft SQL Server database for Banking Servers, and then click Next.
  4. Select a federation method, and then click Next.
    For example, the Calbro Services administrator would select Retrieval.
  5. Proceed to one of the following sections, depending on the type of federation you selected:

    If you selected

    Proceed to

    Retrieval

    Launch

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