Configure the HCL BigFix Inventory connector

The Snow Integration Connector for HCL BigFix Inventory/ILMT is configured within Snow Integration Manager (SIM). For more information on SIM, refer to Snow Integration Manager.

The HCL BigFix Inventory connector uses an API connection and can be used for gathering of inventory data in the following scenarios:

  • Environments where both BigFix Server (Console) and BigFix Inventory are configured.

  • Environments where both BigFix Server (Console) and ILMT version 9.x are configured.

  • Environments where only ILMT version 9.x is configured.

Note

  • Integration with BigFix Server is enabled by default. When only a connection to ILMT is required, the connection to the BigFix Server can be deselected by clearing the BigFix Server (Console) checkbox.

  • If the BigFix Inventory and BigFix Server reside on the same server, enter the same URL (API Endpoint).

  • When inventory data from multiple sources is to be merged, ensure that the used site Id (global or local) is the same for all sources, and that the HCL BigFix Inventory connector is aggregated first. As an example, a scenario could be when data from the HCL BigFix Inventory connector and the Snow Inventory Agent or the VMware vSphere connector is to be merged. 

  • Ensure that the HCL BigFix Inventory connector is not scheduled for aggregation when the data import is in progress in BigFix Inventory/ILMT. Let the import finish before aggregation takes place.

  1. In the BigFix Inventory/ILMT section and in the API Endpoint box, type the address of the BigFix Inventory/ILMT. This is typically the qualified URL or the IP address used to access the BigFix Inventory/ILMT server.

    Example 20.

    https://[hostname]

    https://192.168.168.20



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  2. The Port box shows the default port set by HCL. The port can be changed.

  3. In the User Name and Password boxes, type credentials for the created user account with access to the BigFix Inventory/ILMT Web API.

  4. In the Batch size box, enter a numeric value for batch (page) size to be used during the collection of data from BigFix Inventory.

    Note

    The HCL BigFix Inventory connector collects data from BigFix Inventory in batches (pages). Default batch size in the connector is 1000. Using a different value can optimize the execution time for the connector but it depends on the number of endpoints (devices) in the environment. A recommendation about the page size can be found on the following URI:https://help.hcltechsw.com/bigfix/10.0/inventory/Inventory/tuning/c_limit_size_of_individual_response.html

  5. By default, the connector will only gather data from the devices that have PVU applications from IBM with SubCapacity values (PvuSubCap and/or PvuSubLimit). 

    Select the Select software instances checkbox to also gather:

    • software instances from IBM and HCL where ILMT is integrated

    • software instances from IBM, HCL and other manufacturers where BigFix Inventory is integrated

    If Include software instances checkbox is selected, select the Include software metric checkbox to also gather:

    • software instances license metric

      This information is used to flag appropriate software instances as PVU software on virtual machines.

    Select the Include file information for Windows system checkbox to also gather:

    • information on files discovered on Windows devices

    Select the Include package information for Unix systems to also gather:

    • information on packages discovered on UNIX devices

  6. Select the Include data center information to gather information about clusters from the BigFix Inventory (ILMT).

  7. If a connection to BigFix Server (Console) is required, leave the BigFix Server (Console) checkbox selected and then specify information according to Step 8 through Step 10.

    Otherwise, clear the BigFix Server (Console) checkbox, and then continue with Step 11.

  8. In the BigFix Server (Console) section and in the API Endpoint box, type the address of the BigFix Server (Console). This is typically the qualified URL or the IP address of the BigFix Server (Console).

    Example 21.

    https:// [hostname]

    https://192.168.168.12



  9. The Port box shows the default port set by HCL. The port can be changed.

  10. In the User Name and Password boxes, type credentials for the created user account with access to the BigFix Server Web API.

  11. To verify the connection, select Test connection.

  12. In the Initial aggregation length box, select number of months for initial aggregation of inventory data.

  13. To reset an ongoing incremental aggregation, select Clear Last Aggregation Date.

  14. Optionally, type a site Id for this connector.

  15. Select OK to finish and save the settings, or Cancel to not save the changes.