You can create data collectors for external configurations. This means that you can create data collectors for external products that are integrated with BMC TrueSight IT Data Analytics so that you can retrieve logs directly from these integrated products. For more information about the products integrated, see .
In the Name box, provide a unique name to identify this data collector. On the Type list, select Monitor using External Configuration.
Provide the following information, as appropriate:
|Collection Host (Agent)|
Select the collection host depending on whether you want to use the Collection Station or the Collection Agent to perform data collection.
The collection host is the computer on which the Collection Station or the Collection Agent is located.
By default, the Collection Station is already selected. You can either retain the default selection or select the Collection Agent.Note: For this type of data collector, the target host and collection host are expected to have different values.
|Read from Past (#days)|
Indicates the number of days for which the past data must be collected and indexed. The maximum amount of past data that can be collected into the system is defined by the data retention period (default 7). You can change this value by navigating to Administration > System Settings.
By default, this value is set to 0. You cannot search data with a custom time that is set to a duration exceeding the value specified in this field.
Recommendation: BMC recommends you to not use a very high value in this field (for example, 365). This is necessary to avoid a very large amount of data collected into the system in a short time.
|Available Ext. Config|
Select one of the external configurations (cells) available. This list shows all the cells selected while creating external configurations (for example BMC ProactiveNet Performance Management server) under Settings > External Configurations.Note: For every cell from which you want to collect event data, you must create a separate data collector.
|Poll Interval (mins)|
Enter a number to specify the poll interval (in minutes) for the log collection (0 indicates that this is a one-time log collection).
By default, this value is set to 1.
|Start Collection||(Optional) Select this check box if you want to start the data collection immediately.|
|Inherit Host Level Tags From Target Host||Select this check box to inherit your tag selections associated with the target host that you selected earlier. This option is not applicable if you did not select a target host.|
|Select Tag name||You can manually add tags by selecting one of the tags in the list, specifying a corresponding value, and clicking Add Search tab. . The list of added tags is displayed in the Tags pane on the |
Click Remove Tag to remove a tag.
|Group Access (optional)|
|Inherit Host Level Access Groups From Target Host||Select this check box to inherit your group access configurations associated with the target host that you selected earlier. This option is not applicable if you did not select a target host.|
|Select All Groups|
Select this option if you want to select all user groups. You can also manually select multiple user groups.
If you do not select any user groups and data access control is not enabled, then by default all users can access data retrieved by this data collector. You can restrict access permissions by selecting the relevant user groups that must be given access permissions. To enable data access control, navigate to Administration > System Settings.
If you do not select any user group and data access control is enabled, then only the creator of the data collector has access to data retrieved by this data collector.
For more information, see Managing user groups.