The CCS Manager Collector is the interface to the programs that do the actual work of collecting data from the network. Your CCS deployment can include multiple data collectors, each linked with a CCS Manager Collector. The CCS Manager Collector receives data collection jobs from the CCS Manager Load Balancer and formats the job for the data collector. When the data collector processes the job and collects the data, the data collector transfers the data to the CCS Manager Collector. The CCS Manager Collector then returns the collected data to the CCS Manager Load Balancer. If necessary, the CCS Manager Load Balancer combines the data with data from one or more other CCS Manager Collectors. Finally, the CCS Manager Load Balancer sends the data to the Application Server for storage in the production database for use by the CCS Manager Evaluator.
The CCS Manager Collector collects the data from the data collectors, which in turn collect data from the network. Potentially, your installation of CCS can have a large number of CCS Manager Collectors and associated data collectors. The CCS Manager Load Balancer assigns jobs to the eligible CCS Manager Collectors sequentially. The CCS Manager Load Balancer does not base job assignments on the current load of a CCS Manager Collector. If an eligible CCS Manager Collector is unavailable, the CCS Manager Load Balancer skips it and uses another eligible CCS Manager Collector. This round robin assignment gives limited fault tolerance.
CCS Manager can perform both agent-less and agent-based data collection. Agent-based data collection is performed with the use of CCS Agents installed on target computers.
An eligible CCS Manager Collector is any collector that has the ability to complete the data collection job.
CCS supports the following data collectors:
The CCS Manager can be configured as the following data collectors:
Windows data collector
UNIX data collector
SQL data collector
Oracle data collector
ESM data collector
Exchange data collector
VMware data collector
NDS data collector
NetWare data collector
CSV data collector
ODBC data collector
Directory Server data collector
Used with a custom schema, the CSV files let you create any custom data collector and schema. This ability lets you use any custom data on your network, including data not ordinarily supported by CCS.
CCS 11.0 supports NDS and NetWare data collectors only in case you are upgrading from a previous release of CCS and the CCS deployment was configured to collect data from NDS or NetWare platforms.
The data that the CCS Manager Collector collects is compressed before the data is returned to the other CCS components.