An adapter is the Operations Center interface with the management systems in a network. Operations Center cannot interact with any management system without adapters.
When adapters exist for a management system, Operations Center’s auto-discovery capability locates all the objects in a connected network and displays them in the browser. It is important to define adapters for each instance of a management system in the network. For example, if IBM Tivoli NetView runs on three servers, define an Operations Center adapter for each of the three instances of NetView.
Use an InterConnection Adapter to view remote servers and allow users to build distributed views, or enable server communications through a firewall.
The following sections cover creating and maintaining adapters: