The parameters of a Device object

The device object is one of the main objects of CM , it can have different roles and functions in the network and thus a lot of different information is available for it. This information displays in the form of tables in the right window of the General tab. In the Properties window of a device this information it is divided into different panels to make it easier to find.

Basic Device Information

Parameter

Description

Name

The name of the object under which it is known in BCM. This name may be any combination of characters.

User

Click the icon next to this field and select the user to assign from one of the appearing list views.

Location

The country/region/town/building/geographical area at which the asset is located.

Last Update

The date and time at which the device information was last updated.

Type

The type of the device, that is, which purposes the device server, if it is a server, a workstation, a printer or a game console, etc. You can manually modify this value. However, in this case you also need to deactivate the automatic updates, otherwise the device type reverts to its original type at the next update. To switch to manual update click the icon next to the box, which appears when you manually change the type.

IP Address

The IP address of the device in its dotted version, such as 194.50.68.255 or 2001:db8:85a3::8a2e:370:7334 .

Topology Type

The topology type of the device, that is, if the managed device is a master, a relay or a simple client. It may also be an unconnected, a scanned, a deprecated or an unknown device.

Domain Name

The full name of the domain the currently selected device belongs to, that is, kirk.enterprise.starfleet.com .

Operating System Name

The name of the operating system installed on the currently selected device.

Host ID

If the operating system is Window it either displays the asset tag or the BIOS serial number depending on the manufacturer of the client. If the operating system is Linux this is the equivalent of the_hostid_ command. If the operating system is MacOS this value displays the system serial number that appears in the About This Mac window or in the System Information .

Parent

Displays the name or the IP address of the parent of the device. In case of the master or unconnected devices this field is empty.

Virtualized on

Defines the type of virtual machine running on the host, that is, the name of the software used. This may be either None if no virtual machine is installed on the device, VM Ware Server, Microsoft VirtualPC Server, VirtualBox or Parallels .

Advanced Device Information

Parameter

Description

Hosts a hypervisor

Displays if the agent device hosts a hypervisor, in which case this field displays the name of the virtualizing software, otherwise it is empty.

Hypervisor Version

The version number of the hypervisor.

Network Name

The network name of the machine, either as its short or complete network name, for example, scotty or scotty.enterprise.com , or as its IP address in dotted notation, for example, 194.45.245.5 or 2001:db8:85a3::8a2e:370:7334 .

NetBIOS Name

The NetBIOS name of the currently selected client. For managed devices which have Linux or MAC OS as their operating system this field is empty.

Subnet Mask

The subnet mask of the device.

MAC Address

The MAC (hardware) address of the discovered device.

Disk Serial Number

The serial number of the hard disk of the device.

Under NAT

Indicates if at least one piece of hardware of the device uses network address translation. This box is automatically checked if this is the case.

Intel VPro Available

Indicates if the device is equipped with Intel's vPro firmware.

Agent Details

Parameter

Description

HTTP Port

The range of ports on which the HTTP server listens for and sends data from.

HTTP Console Port

The number of the port that the console uses for communication with the agent.

Secure Communication

Defines if the agent sends any communication in secure format.

Agent Version

The version number of the BCM agent if it is installed on the device.

Patch Knowledge Base Version

The currently installed version of the configuration files of the Patch Management functionality.

Operating System Details

Parameter

Description

Operating System Version Major

The major version number of the operating system installed on the device.

Operating System Version Minor

The minor version number of the operating system installed on the device.

Operating System Revision

The revision number of the operating system installed on the currently selected device.

Operating System Build

The build number of the operating system installed on the device.

Agent Roles

Parameter

Description

Packager

Indicates if the currently selected device is a Packager in the Package Factory , that is, if packages may be created on it. If this option is set to No , the device is not visible under the Package Factory node.

Patch Manager

Indicates if the currently selected device is serving as a Patch Manager, that is, if it may handle MS Secure files and all other options pertaining to patch management. If this option is set to No the device is not displayed under the Patch Manager node.

OSD Manager

Indicates if the currently selected device is a OSD Manager, that is, if it can create and manage operating system deployments as well as install them on the defined target devices. If this option is set to No , the device is not displayed under the OS Deployment node.

Asset Discovery Scanner

Check this box if the device is to be an Asset Discovery Scanner.

Rollout Server

Check this box if the device is to be a Rollout Server.

Web Service

Check this box if the Web services are to be active on this device.

Directory Server Proxy

Check this box if the device is to be a Directory Server Proxy.

Customized Information

This panel displays the list of all device attributes that are defined as visible with their respective values. You can change the individual values in this window.

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