Connector configuration

The Snow Integration Connector for BMC Discovery is configured in the Snow Integration Manager (SIM). For more information on SIM, refer to Snow Integration Manager.

The BMC Discovery connector uses an API connection.

Data Connection

  1. Select the Data connection tab.

    BMCDiscoveryDataConnectionTab.png
  2. In the Server box, enter the server URL.

    Example 18.

    https://192.168.5.2



  3. Enter user credentials for the server connection in the User id and Password boxes.

  4. To verify the connection, select Test connection.

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

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

  7. Optionally, enter a site Id for this connector.

  8. To optimize handling of network adapter information, select the current version of Snow Inventory Server.

Filtering

Filtering can be done in two ways:

  • by defining filter criteria based on predefined attributes or custom attributes of the host, or

  • by using one of the access methods that BMC Discovery uses for scanning of the host, for example ssh, Windows, and SNMP.

For a list of attributes that can be used, see Attribute names.

  1. Select the Filtering tab.

    BMCDiscoveryFilteringTab.png
  2. To create a filter based on attributes:

    1. Define a filter criterion by using the Attribute, Operator, and Value boxes.

    2. To add the defined criterion to the filter, select Add.

      Multiple criteria can be added to the filter by using the AND or OR operators.

    3. To remove a defined criterion from the filter, select it and then select Remove.

    4. To test the filter and check the result, select Preview.

    To see what an attribute filter and a preview result can look like, see the example in Attribute names.

  3. To create a filter based on access method:

    1. Select method in the Access method list.

      The list of available access methods is created based on information from BMC Discovery.

    2. To test the filter and check the result, select Preview.

  4. To include information on software packages, select the Include Packages checkbox.

    Background: Inventory data provided by BMC Discovery is incomplete due to limitations in the BMC Discovery Software Library. Hence the integration connector supports extraction of BMC Discovery packages, which contain the raw data about the installed software. When normalized through the SRS (Software Recognition Service), the package data together with the normalized software titles from BMC Discovery produce an enriched inventory result.

  5. To include the Oracle data present in BMC Discovery, select the Include Oracle Database Technology information checkbox.