Configure a Data Source

npc represents each source of information as a registered data source. To load performance data, configure the data sources.
Performance Center
represents each source of information as a registered data source. To load performance data, configure the data sources.
These procedures require the Administrator role:
Register a Data Source
To view collected data on the
Performance Center
dashboards, register your data sources.
Follow these steps:
  1. Go to
    , and click
    Data Sources
  2. Click
  3. Select the type of data source from the
    Source Type
    This list includes all possible data sources. The list does not show data sources that already have reached the registration limit.
  4. (Optional) To delay synchronization with the data source, select
    for the
  5. Specify the hostname and port for the data source:
    • For the Data Aggregator data source, specify the IP address or hostname of the Data Aggregator host.
    • For other data sources, specify the IP address or hostname of the management console.
  6. Select the communication protocol. For secure communication, select
    : Before you select HTTPS, verify that your system is configured for SSL. Single Sign-On supports secure communications between
    Performance Center
    and the data source products. For more information, see Single Sign-On
  7. (Optional) Specify a display name for the data source.
    By default, the data source type and the hostname are combined to create the display name. You can specify another name here. For example, instead of [email protected], you could name the data source NFA_NewYork.
  8. (Optional) If the Web Console is on a different system than the data source, clear the
    Same as Data Source
    check box. Specify another hostname and port for the data source console.
    Use this parameter in cases when network address translation is deployed.
  9. (Data Aggregator only) Configure the Data Aggregator settings:
    • Synchronize component items that are not currently present on the monitored device
      When the Data Aggregator finds a device component that is no longer present in the environment, that status of the component is set to
      Not Present
      .  By default, the Data Aggregator does not synchronize these items because data can no longer be collected for the item. Historical data that has not reached the data retention limit is still available for these items.
      If the properties of an active component match the identifying properties of the not present component, the components are indistinguishable.  Data from the old component might contribute to group based dashboards instead of data from the active component. Enable this feature only under the following circumstances:
      • You want to report on historical data for items that are no longer present in the environment.
      • You can ensure that the not present item does not conflict with an actively monitored item.
      • You can identify the not present items so that you can exclude the items from groups.
    • Discover devices from other data sources
      This option specifies whether synchronization includes devices that are reported by other data sources. Automatic synchronization includes only devices that are discovered after you select this option. To discover previously discovered devices, perform a full synchronization of the Data Aggregator.
      CA Performance Management
      creates a discovery profile that includes the IP addresses of the devices. This discovery profile attempts discovery once per day.
  10. (
    CA Spectrum
    only) To enable
    CA Spectrum
    to control the life cycle state of items in 
    CA Performance Management
    , select 
    Synchronize device life cycle state from Spectrum
    . For more information, see Manage Device Life Cycles.
  11. Click
    If the data source is enabled, data appears in
    Performance Center
    after the next synchronization.
Test Data Source Connections
If data source registration does not complete successfully, use the test feature to determine the reason for the failure. The test validates version compatibility, and verifies that the data source is not registered with a different instance of the
Performance Center
To confirm the proper registration and connection of a data source, select the data source, and click
If the test fails, verify that the server name or IP address is accurate for the source type. For more information, see Data Source Test Fails.
Edit a Data Source
When you edit a data source, changes apply to the system after the next synchronization.
Delete a Data Source
When you delete a data source, the deletion does not remove everything from the system. If you register the same data source, unexpected behavior might occur. To remove a data source temporarily, edit the data source, and set the status to disabled.
A data source that you delete can be registered to another
Performance Center
Only users with the Administrator role and the Delete Data Sources role right can delete a data source. This role right is not granted by default. To delete a data source, assign this role right to the Administrator role.
If View Suppression is enabled, views that are associated with the deleted data source are suppressed. As a result, deleting a data source might cause some menus and dashboards to become unavailable. A dashboard, context tab, or custom menu must contain at least one view that is not suppressed. Otherwise, the menu item does not appear in
Performance Center