Pattern Goal

The goal of the Sybase ASE Dataserver Database Detail pattern is to obtain the list of databases being managed by the Sybase Database server and furthermore to obtain (optionally, disabled by default) the list of schemas and tables within these databases.

Note

The patterns will not by default return the list of all schemas and tables within the discovered databases as this can have a marked impact on discovery of hosts with large database installations

The information is then stored within the Atrium Discovery model as DatabaseDetail nodes. In Atrium Discovery 8.3 and later, the DatabaseDetail node representing each Sybase database has additional attributes added which permit easy mapping by the CMDB sync mechanism to the BMC_Database CIs in Atrium CMDB.

The pattern connects to the SQL Server using a JDBC connection.

If the pattern is unable to connect to a Sybase Database Server instance using a JDBC connection, it will attempt to obtain the list of managed databases by executing a command to interrogate the server instance's .log file.

Obtaining Database List from Database Query

Configuration Options

There are several configuration options available for this product:

  • ignore_databases := [ "tempdb" ]; - allows to ignore a list of databases
  • retrieve_schemas := false; - allows to retrieve a list of schemas
  • retrieve_tables := false;  - allows to retrieve tables for each schema
  • use_log_files := false; - allows to use log files for deep discovery if direct query of the database fails

Setting of Database Integration Point

Setting the port:

Atrium Discovery 8.0 and 8.1

The core TKU Sybase ASE Dataserver Pattern will attempt to obtain the listening port for the database server dynamically. In case where it fails the Database Detail pattern will use the default port which is set in its configuration parameters. If the default port is likely to be different in your environment, the pattern configuration should be altered. Changing Pattern Configuration is detailed in Atrium Discovery Documentation .

Atrium Discovery 8.2 and later

The option to set the default port no longer exists in the Sybase ASE Database Detail pattern.
The Sybase ASE Database Detail pattern behavior is now as follows:

  • If the core TKU Sybase ASE Dataserver or Sybase ASE CE Dataserver Pattern discovers the listening port, this is the port that will be used
  • Alternatively, the Sybase ASE Database Detail pattern will use the port that has been set in the database credentials by the user.
  • If no port was retrieved and port DB listening port was not set by the user, the Sybase ASE Database Detail pattern will not attempt to perform database queries.
    The reason for this change is to minimize the number of configuration steps required and prevent errors due to forgotten changes in pattern configuration.

Editing pattern configuration further

  • Decide whether the Schemas pattern should attempt to retrieve schemas or not, whether the Tables pattern should attempt to retrieve tables or not and whether any specific databases should be ignored

Database User Configuration

In order for Atrium Discovery to retrieve the database details, it will need to be able to access the database as a legitimate user with privileges to execute the SQL queries below.
The database user Atrium Discovery uses to access the database needs to have enough privileges to execute the SQL queries listed below.

SQL Queries Executed

The pattern executes the following SQL queries.

  • Obtaining a list of databases being managed: ''sp_databases''
  • Obtaining a list of schemas and tables within a database: ''"use <database_name>", "sp_tables @table_qualifier = <database_name>, @table_type = \"'TABLE'\"''

Obtaining Database List from Log Files

If the DatabasesAndTables pattern cannot obtain database information via a database query, and the "Use log files for deep discovery if direct query of the database fails" option is set, the pattern attempts to obtain the information from parsing a log file. This is only attempted when the pattern can identify the Sybase Database Server instances and installation root

The pattern performs the following searches on file <install root>/install/<instance>.log :

  • Search for "found during startup" or "using license file" to determine the last database boot time.
  • Search for "<some string> is now (online|offline)" to determine the database name

A DatabaseDetail node is then created for each database that was reported in the log after the last database boot time

We believe log file discovery of databases will give a good indication of which databases are running, but it is not guaranteed to be accurate. For this reason the pattern does not attempt to obtain a database list from log files by default. It only parses the log files for database information if the "Use log files for deep discovery if direct query of the database fails" option is enabled.

 

 

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