You add devices to Infrastructure Management through the Device folder on the administrator console. Before creating devices from the administrator console, review the following guidelines in this topic:
When you add a device for Infrastructure Management to monitor, you are initially presented with the Add Device window in which you identify the device by type.
Infrastructure Management offers the following device type categories:
Although you can add a device with the administrator console, BMC recommends that you add a device by defining a monitoring policy in the TrueSight console. When a monitoring policy is applied to a PATROL Agent, its device is automatically added.
Infrastructure Management automatically creates a set of default monitors for each device type. After you add a device to Infrastructure Management, you can select to monitor applications residing on the device or collect statistics from its Management Information Base (MIB).
Infrastructure Management uses aliases to associate internal and external events to devices. Device alias are generated when a device is created. They can be generated automatically by Infrastructure Management or you can define them.
Infrastructure Management compares the device aliases from events with the alias defined for each device, and when a match is found, the event is associated with the device that matches the alias.
Aliases generated automatically are prefixed with
BMC_ComputerSystem and use the following naming conventions, depending on how the device is generated:
BMC_ComputerSystem:Host Name:DomainFor example: BMC_ComputerSystem:test.bmc.com
BMC_ComputerSystem:IPFor example: BMC_ComputerSystem:10.134.12.10
When the cell receives an event, the event is processed as follows, depending on whether the event is internal or external:
BMC_ComputerSystem:IP, with the event mc_smc_alias slot value, which contains device information. If a match is found, then the event is associated with the device.
For more information, see Associating events to devices with the administrator console.
In Infrastructure Management, a device can be created in the following ways:
Duplicate devices could result if multiple different sources that use different naming conventions to create the devices. For example, if the PATROL adapter uses the host name of the computer where the device is located to name the device, and the BMC Atrium CMDB uses the IP address of the computer where the device is located to name the device, then duplicate device instances will be created in Infrastructure Management.
Duplicate devices are not created in the following situations:
To avoid creating duplicate devices, ensure that