Agent versus Agentless management
By Owen Allen-Oracle on Oct 31, 2013
I got a couple of questions about Agentless asset management:
"What does agentless management do for an asset?"
Agentless management is one of the two ways that you can manage an operating system. Rather than installing an Agent Controller on the OS, agentless management uses SSH to regularly check the system and gather monitoring data. Many of the actions that would be available on an agent-managed system are available on an agentless system, but actions such as running reports or updating an Oracle Solaris 10 or Linux OS are not available. A table showing the capabilities of agentless management is here.
"What permissions does agentless management require?"
Agentless management still requires root credentials. If you can't log into the system as root, you can provide one set of credentials for the login, and then a set of root credentials to switch to.