Inventorying Configurations


Only two things are required to begin inventorying configuration data on your newly created nodes.


  1. A Server
  2. A Role


A server identifies where the configuration data should come from. A Role identifies what kind of configuration data to get from that server.


First, add one or more servers to your node. You should only add more than one server to the node if you expect those servers to have the same configurations. For example, you may have three IIS web servers in an environment that must be configured identically. In this case, add all three servers to the node. 


In many cases, including managing WebSphere Application Server, you will only define one server per node. 


To add a server, click on the Servers tab. Assign your servers to the node by clicking on the server name in the column on the right. This adds the server to the Assigned Servers column. Click Save.



Next, go to the Details tab and add a role to the node. A role describes the middleware or application associated with the node, for example Apache2 or SQL Server 2008. Click Save.



You can start getting configuration data at this point, but there's one more optional step. You can further define the type of configuration data that Orca will obtain from the server. Typical defaults are pre-selected.


Go to the Inventory List tab and choose the items you’d like to inventory. This list is populated based on the operating system type of the server assigned to the node and the role selected. In many cases, there are required or optional parameters to provide. Once you’ve selected your inventory items and added parameters (if needed), click Save.



That's It! You're ready to inventory! Click the orange Inventory button at the top left.



The act of inventorying a node causes an engine to communicate with the agent to gather the appropriate configuration data and send it back to Orca so it can be normalized, analyzed, and ultimately viewed in the Orca console.


The Inventory icon will continue to spin until the configuration data is returned to the Orca Console. To see returned configuration data, click on the Config Data tab.