Resource management involves identifying hardware and software elements, the managed resources, and defining management policies. Resources include:
- Linux and Windows servers
- virtual servers, such as VM, KVM, and XenServer
- cloud environments
- SNMP supported devices
Resources can be grouped for collective management. The concept of groups or grouping is provided as a resource management convenience for administrators to perform bulk transactions on multiple resources or entities.
Anything can be grouped that has similarities and might want to be treated together, including resources, applications, workloads, locations, and types. Grouped items can then be conveniently operated on when assigning permissions or roles, for example.
Entities can be grouped automatically or manually. Groups can also be nested with no limit on the number of nesting levels.
Resource groups provide for efficient resource management by grouping resources with the same device management policy or alert correlation policy, for example. When a resource is discovered, resource attributes can be used to automatically add the resource to a resource group.
Resource management involves:
- creating a resource inventory by manually adding resources or by discovering resources.
- defining policies to manage a resource or resource group.
Discovery is the preferred method for adding resources. Discovered resources can be categorized using predefined attributes or custom, user-defined attributes.
Resources can be monitored after specifying a resource management policy.