Identification follows the discovery of a system and determines the following information about the discovered system.
Management protocol the system uses (for example, SNMP, DMI, WBEM, HTTP, SSH)
Type of system (for example, server, client, management processor, switch, router, or cluster)
Product name of the system
Operating system name, type, and version
Associations, such as iLo in server
For newly found automatically discovered systems, before the system is added to the database and any additional Polling Tasks are run, any Discovery Filters that are configured are applied. If a system does not match the Discovery Filter, it is not added to the database and no additional requests are made to that system. After the system passes the filter, it is added to the database. At this time, the system is available to any Polling Tasks, lists, or other operations.
HP Systems Insight Manager performs Hardware and Software Status Polling and Initial Data Collection on the system. Refer to Status Polling - Hardware Status Polling, Status Polling - Software Status Polling, and Administering the Software - Data Collection for more information on each task. The information about the systems is stored in the database.
The time to complete the discovery and identification cycle varies with the network size and resources. All necessary tasks are pre-defined in HP Systems Insight Manager. Pre-defined tasks cannot be removed from the system, but they can be disabled if needed. You can also create a new Identification Task and schedule it to run when you want to update identification information from systems.
By default, HP Systems Insight Manager runs System Identification once per day and when new systems are discovered. Most users do not need to schedule Identification Tasks to run more than once per day.
After a system has been newly discovered or rediscovered, HP Systems Insight Manager attempts to identify it. The discovery task is not 100% complete until all the systems discovered or rediscovered have been identified.
To identify systems in between discoveries, click Options > Discovery > Identify Systems. The Identify Systems page is displayed. From this page, select target systems to add. Refer to Using Tasks - Creating a Task for more information on selecting targets.