MAP: Prepare the Environment - SSH

MAP: Prepare the Environment - SSH

IMPORTANT: Keep checking the MAP Blog and MAP Toolkit Content Index (en-US) for updates and changes , especially after new versions of MAP are released.

The SSH collector is used to collect hardware and software information from remote Linux and HP-UX based computers. It is also used to gather device performance data for Linux machines. This collector technology is used for these inventory scenarios and must be enabled on the target computers.

  • Linux/UNIX computers
  • Windows Azure Platform Migration
  • MySQL, Oracle and Sybase

Note: MAP cannot connect to your Linux machines if you use SSH Keys.

Port 22 is the default port MAP will use. In the inventory wizard, you can change the port that MAP uses if a non-default port is used in your environment.

MAP uses HAL commands through SSH to inventory hardware information from computers running Linux operating systems. If the HAL package is not installed on the target computers or the inventory account lacks permission to use those commands, MAP will fall back to dmidecode if that fails. Dmidecode needs to access /dev/mem to get its data, which is restricted to root only. If that fails as well, then MAP will report blank values for some of the hardware properties in the reports.

Currently, MAP can only report hardware information about certain type of optical drives. MAP will report blank values for unidentified optical drives.

To inventory and report Apache, MySQL and PHP applications on Linux operating systems (LAMP), the MAP Toolkit uses string patterns to identify package names and running processes. In cases where the defined patterns are not comprehensive enough to identify different distributions of these applications, the MAP Toolkit will not report them. This can also result in the reporting that these applications are installed when in actuality only supporting packages related to those applications are installed.

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