What is a CMDB
A "Configuration Management Database"(CMDB) is a database for accessing and administrating configuration elements like a server, an IT-service, a telephone, a network-component or a computer. That means in the "CMDB" module is the data of the hardware that has access to the network. "CMDB" fills and synchronizes a separate RADIUS database. You can find the list of the devices that have access to the network under the menu "Hardware" on the XEOX app.
You have two options to store a device in the database:
- Manually create the device by clicking the "Create" button in the XEOX app and entering the required information such as hostname, site, and hardware type. Any additional information is optional.
- Install an "Agent" which automatically stores all necessary information in the "Hardware" list and checks for any new updates. Every customer has a defined "Agent", and if a CMDB device has already been manually created, it is automatically updated when an agent is installed.
Naming your Device
When renaming a device that already has an agent installed, you should consider if the name is already in use. This has two reasons:
- The host name should always be unique.
- If the host name changes but the token (a unique key for the agent installation) remains the same and the new host name already exists, the existing one will be renamed. For example PC1 will turn into PC1_OLD.
With the CMDB configuration you can set the name of the user-defined fields for hardware and person.
Create hardware manually
As touched upon above, it is possible to create the hardware manually. To create a hardware, click on the Create button.
Additionally, you are also able to add the location of the devices, Order Information and custom fields.