IBM Systems Director is a platform-management foundation that streamlines how you manage physical and virtual systems across a heterogeneous environment. Using industry standards, IBM Systems Director is designed to manage simple and complex environments, including multiple operating systems and platforms (Figure 1). IBM Systems Director functions include discovery, inventory, configuration, system health, monitoring, software updates and event notification.
An IBM Systems Director environment involves two parts, the Director server itself and the systems and partitions, called endpoints, that the Director server manages. The first part is the IBM Systems Director Server product. It can be installed on many operating systems, including Linux, Windows and AIX. See the Info Center for the full list of supported operating systems.
The second part of a Director solution is the managed systems. For our purposes, we’ll focus only on IBM i as a managed endpoint and what it takes to enable the three possible levels of managed systems support: agentless, platform and Common Agent (Systems Director Agent).
This article will also share how to install and configure both the IBM Systems Director server and the different levels of IBM i agents. Our aim is to provide enough information for you to set up your IBM i system management environment.
Note: the examples shown in this article are based on IBM Systems Director version 6.2 with the Director Server installed on Windows.