Depending on your environment, you can choose to use an agent type (Collection Station or Collection Agent) that is suitable to your data collection purposes. If you decide to use the Collection Agent for your data collection purposes, then you use one of the following types of Collection Agents.
To be able to use a Collection Agent for data collection, you need to first set it up
This topic provides information about setting up Collection Agents:
To collect data by using the standalone Collection Agent, you need to perform the following tasks:
|Ensure that you meet the prerequisites for installing the standalone Collection Agent.||Preparing for installing the standalone Collection Agent|
|Install the standalone Collection Agent on each of the target hosts (where data resides).||Installing the standalone Collection Agent|
|Installing the standalone Collection Agent silently|
BMC recommends you to not install the standalone Collection Agent on the computer where the product is already installed. To collect data from the computer where all the components of the product are installed, you must use the Collection Station. If the Collection Station is not able to handle the current load, then you need to consider scaling the Collection Station. For more information, see Multiple-server deployment.
For information about upgrading standalone Collection Agents, see Upgrading the standalone Collection Agent.
If you already have PATROL components installed in your environment, and you want to use the Collection Agent for data collection, then you need to first install PATROL for IT Data Analytics. After completing the installation, you need to configure Collection Agents by using PATROL for IT Data Analytics.
PATROL for IT Data Analytics not only helps you configure Collection Agents to collect data, it also helps you monitor the health and performance of the configured Collection Agents.
This following table provides links to the PATROL for IT Data Analytics online documentation portal. These links provide information about installing, configuring, and using PATROL for IT Data Analytics.
|Goal||Additional information links|
|Installing PATROL for IT Data Analytics||PATROL|
|Installing in a PATROL environment|
|Monitoring the Collection Agents configured with the help of application classes (or monitor types) and parameters (or attributes)|
If you expect a significant change in the amount of data that is sent to the Collection Station, you must configure the Collection Agent to meet the change in data load. This configuration is required for all types of Collection Agents.
Depending on your setup and data load, download one of the following configuration files:
|Setup / Data Load||File|