Asset Discovery video
By Owen Allen-Oracle on Oct 22, 2009
Asset Discovery is a big part of Ops Center. Discovery searches for hardware and operating systems using established protocols and xml product identifiers called Service Tags. Through discovery, you can remotely identify assets in your data center and begin to manage them.
Discovery is one of the parts of Ops Center that's seen some refinement in 2.5. The new Discover and Manage Assets wizard lets you run a discovery and begin to manage the discovered assets with a single process. It starts by directing each Proxy Controller to search for Service Tags on its subnet. (Service Tags are embedded on most Sun products, and you can create them for other assets.) Once it's found assets, you supply credentials for them and Ops Center starts to manage them. On operating systems, this means installing Agent software to monitor the OS and enable patching.