458 IBM Tivoli Storage Resource Manager: A Practical Introduction
10.1 Introduction to IBM Tivoli Configuration Manager
IBM Tivoli Configuration Manager, Version 4.2, is a solution for controlling software
distribution and asset management inventory in a multiplatform environment. It focuses on
deploying and managing software in complex, distributed enterprise environments. IBM Tivoli
Configuration Manager is a key solution to rapidly and efficiently deploying complex
mission-critical or desktop productivity applications to multiple locations from a central point
and to gather and maintain the inventory information about hardware and software assets,
easily, quickly, and accurately.
Tivoli Configuration Manager consists of the following main components:
򐂰 Inventory
򐂰 Software Distribution
Software Distribution enables you to install, configure, and update software remotely within
your network.
Inventory enables you to gather and maintain up-to-date inventory asset management
information in a distributed environment. This helps system administrators and accounting
personnel to manage complex, distributed enterprises.
Tivoli Configuration Manager also provides the following services:
򐂰 Activity Planner
򐂰 Change Manager
򐂰 Resource Manager
򐂰 Web Interface
򐂰 Enterprise Directory Query Facility
Activity Planner enables you to define a group of activities that originate from different
applications in an activity plan, submit or schedule the plan for running, and monitor the plan
while it runs.
Change Manager functions with Activity Planner to support software distribution, inventory,
and change management in large networks. It uses reference models to simplify the
management of the network environment.
You can use Resource Manager, together with Software Distribution and Inventory, to perform
the management operations for pervasive devices.
You can use the Web Interface to install and manage various Tivoli Configuration Manager
Web objects. The Web Interface has a server component that pushes software packages,
inventory profiles, and reference models from the Tivoli region to the Web Gateway where
they are stored until they are pulled by the Web Interface endpoint.
With enterprise directory integration, you can exploit organizational information that is stored
in enterprise directories in order to determine a set of targets for a software distribution or an
inventory scan. The Enterprise Directory Query Facility enables you to select a specific
directory object, or container of directory objects, as subscribers for a reference model or an
activity plan.

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