system management

about system management

The typical enterprise uses a wide variety of software packages to manage its computing infrastructure. In most companies, enterprise management frameworks such as IBM Director and HP Insight Manager sit side by side with point management solutions for system, security, network and storage management. In addition to the company’s enterprise framework, there are application and device-specific management solutions. Finally, between the enterprise framework and the point management solutions are the programs and scripts that integrate all these components into a coherent set of tools. The key mission of the tool set is to enable the IT manager to guarantee a stable and performing computing infrastructure.  An enterprise’s systems management software is a major part of this set of tools. Systems management software provides three essential, generic services across the range of servers, operating systems, and applications that it manages

management architecture

Traditionally, systems management products have had a three component Architecture. They have consisted of:

• Proprietary management agents installed on the managed

Server/system

• A systems management application that aggregates agent data

• A graphical user interface that provides user access and control

Management agents typically gather information and perform Actions on the operating systems and applications they are managing by using public or private APIs exposed by the Managed elements, or by watching well-known files such as the Syslog on Linux or various event logs on Windows. The systems Management interface typically has an extensible graphical User interface that can easily incorporate new data types collected or monitored by agents. However, the ability to perform Application-specific management actions is typically not easy to   Add to the management package since management actions Vary so widely across software packages.

virtual machine configuration

The path to the virtual machine configuration file

- The guest operating system running on the virtual machine

- The amount of memory the virtual machine is configured to use

- What disk adapters are seen by the virtual machine

- What network adapters are seen by the virtual machine

- What floppy disk drives are seen by the virtual machine

- What CD-ROM drives are seen by the virtual machine