This documentation supports the 21.3 (12.3) version of BMC Discovery.


Managing BMC Discovery Outposts

This section describes how you register the BMC Discovery Outpost with the BMC Discovery service, enable or disable the BMC Discovery service on appliances and clusters, and how you enable or disable a BMC Discovery Outpost.

Related topics

For information on using BMC Discovery Outpost, see the following video (06:23):

 https://youtu.be/IALw77rTI-0

To register with the BMC Discovery appliance

After you install and start the BMC Discovery Outpost, you must register it with your BMC Discovery appliance. 

  1. Make sure that you have a browser page logged into the BMC Discovery appliance and a browser page logged into the BMC Discovery Outpost UI.

  2. In the BMC Discovery Outpost browser, go to the Home page and click Register an Instance
    The Manage Registrations page is displayed.

  3. (Optional) If you need to access the BMC Discovery appliance through an HTTP(S) proxy:
    1. Click Configure HTTP Proxy.
    2. Enter the following information into the HTTP Proxy Configuration dialog:
      • Proxy URL
      • User name
      • Password
    3. Click OK.
  4. Copy the BMC Discovery Outpost token. To do this, in the This is this Outpost's token section, click Copy To Clipboard.
  5. In the BMC Discovery appliance browser page, select Manage > Outposts & Proxies.
  6. In the Manage > Outposts page, click Register An Outpost, and paste the token from the BMC Discovery Outpost into the This is the Outpost's token field. 
    When you do so, the following fields are automatically filled:

    • Name

    • Key


    When the fields are filled, the BMC Discovery Outpost token has been accepted. 

    Note

    If the fields are not automatically filled, then you should go back to the BMC Discovery Outpostcarefully copy the key, and try again.

  7. Click Add
    The BMC Discovery Outpost has been registered in the BMC Discovery Appliance.
  8. Copy the BMC Discovery appliance's token. In the This is this appliance's token sectionclick Copy to Clipboard.
  9. Switch to the BMC Discovery Outpost browser, on the Manage Registrations page.
  10. Paste the token from the BMC Discovery service into the This is the instance's token field. When you do so, the following fields are automatically filled:
    • Appliance Name
    • Appliance Key
    • Appliance Address


    When the fields are filled, the Appliance token has been accepted. 

    Note

    If the fields are not automatically filled, then you should go back to the BMC Discovery appliance, carefully copy the key, and try again.

  11. Click Add

    The BMC Discovery appliance has been registered in the BMC Discovery Outpost.

To enable or disable the BMC Discovery service on appliances and clusters

You can temporarily disable the BMC Discovery service on an appliance or a cluster (and then enable it later) if you appliance scans a certain segment of your network and you want to stop the scanning.

Note

You should disable the BMC Discovery service on an appliance or a cluster only when you have already installed an Outpost. In the absence of an Outpost, disabling the BMC Discovery service on an appliance or a cluster results in error messages in your UI.

  1. From the main menu, select Manage > Outposts & Proxies.
    The Outposts & Proxies page is displayed.
  2. On the Outposts tab, click Disable (or Enable) to disable or enable the BMC Discovery service.



To enable or disable an Outpost

You may want to temporarily disable an Outpost (and later enable it) in specific situations when you want to stop discovery. For example, if your data center is expected to be down for maintenance, you may prefer to disable the scanning Outpost.

  1. From the main menu, select Manage > Outposts & Proxies.
    The Outposts & Proxies page is displayed.
  2. On the Outposts tab, in the Outpost Connections section, identify the Outpost you want to disable and from the corresponding Actions list, click Disable.



    The disabled Outpost section is grayed out for easy identification.
  3. Alternatively, click Enable from the Actions list if the Outpost is currently disabled.

For frequently asked questions about the BMC Discovery Outpost, see FAQs.

Windows proxies managed by the BMC Discovery Outpost

For Windows credentials, the BMC Discovery Outpost creates and manages one credential proxy service for one or more Windows credentials.

For AD credentials, the BMC Discovery Outpost automatically creates, updates, and deletes an AD Proxy service for each AD credential. An "AD credential" in this context is created when you choose Active Directory as the credential type in the BMC Discovery Outpost credential UI.

The username and password are not stored in the vault. A Windows service is started, and Windows itself stores an authentication token associated with the service. The "credential" is retained in the Windows service control manager.

Note

The error, The username is not valid will appear when creating an AD credential from a BMC Discovery Outpost that does not belong to Active Directory.

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