What Discovery does with the information

The information that Discovery gathers about devices can be used to update the Configuration Management Database (CMDB) automatically.

Discovery employs Identifiers to search the CMDB for Configuration Items (CI) that match devices discovered in the network. These Identifiers can be configured to instruct Discovery to take certain actions when device matches are made or not made. There are three possible result states that Discovery recognizes:
  1. When a discovered device is found to match an existing CI in the CMDB, then continue Discovery and update the CI.
  2. When a discovered device is not found to match an existing CI, then continue Discovery and create a new CI in the CMDB.
  3. Take no action in the CMDB, whether a match is made or not. Discovery stops after the identification process.