Depending on your environment, you can choose a data collection mechanism (Collection Station or Collection Agent) that is suitable to your data collection purposes. If you choose to use a Collection Agent as your data collection mechanism, then you need to install the BMC PATROL for IT Data Analytics and configure Collection Agents on the BMC PATROL for IT Data Analytics. While Collection Agents help you perform actual data collection, the BMC PATROL for IT Data Analytics helps you monitor the health and performance of the Collection Agents configured.
For more information about installing the BMC PATROL for IT Data Analytics, configuring Collection Agents, and monitoring Collection Agents, see the following topics in the BMC PATROL for IT Data Analytics documentation portal:
|Installing BMC PATROL for IT Data Analytics|
|Configuring Collection Agents|
|Monitoring the Collection Agents configured with the help of |
application classes (or monitor types) and parameters (or attributes)