Bulk Probe Deployment with an XML File

This article explains how to prepare an XML file to deploy probes in bulk. After the XML file is prepared, place it into the automatic_deployment_engine probe folder to process the file. 
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This article explains how to prepare an XML file to deploy probes in bulk. After the XML file is prepared, place it into the automatic_deployment_engine probe folder to process the file. 
 
Contents
 
 
 
Process
The following diagram shows the overall process to deploy probes with an XML file:
Bulk Deployment of Probes with XML File
Bulk Deployment of Probes with XML File
Verify Prerequisites
Verify the following prerequisites before performing bulk deployment:
  • Ensure that the probe is already downloaded in the archive.
  • Ensure that the target robot is on the same UIM Server.
  • Ensure that the target robot systems are supported. For supported software versions, see Product Compatibility.
Understand the XML File
The following snippet shows an example of the XML file that you can use to deploy probes:
<hosts>
<probe>
<package>"Probe1 name"</package>
<robot>"NimAddress for the robot"</robot>
</probe>
<probe>
<package>"Probe2 name"</package>
<robot>"NimAddress for the robot"</robot>
</probe>
</hosts>
Required Attributes
The following table lists the attributes that are required when you deploy a probe:
Attribute
Description
 
package
 
Specifies the name of the probe. For example, 
cdm
processes
.
 
robot
 
Specifies the NimAddress for the robot. For example, 
/domain/hub/robot
 
Deploy the XML File 
To deploy probes using automated_deployment_engine, copy the host-profiles.xml file into the automated_deployment_engine probe directory. By default this directory is:
  •  
    Windows
     — C:\Program Files (x86)\Nimsoft\probes\service\automated_deployment_engine
  •  
    Linux
    Solaris
    AIX, and HP-UX
     — /opt/nimsoft/probes/service/automated_deployment_engine
Once host-profiles.xml is updated, deployment begins automatically. After processing host-profiles.xml, automated_deployment_engine renames it as 
host-profiles-YYYY-MM-DD_HH-mm-ss
 to reflect the date and time of deployment. Renaming the file also ensures that if the automated_deployment_engine probe restarts, deployment does not automatically restart.
Deployment Notes
  • The automated_deployment_engine probe cannot deploy robots from an unchanged host-profiles.xml file. To restart a distribution, remove the date and time from the file name and change the file size by a nominal amount (for example, edit the file and add an extra line). Deployment begins within 30 seconds of the change.