Cloud discovery

Cloud discovery finds resources in AWS and Azure clouds, and then populates the CMDB with the information it finds.

How Cloud Discovery works

Types of cloud Discovery
Service account cloud discovery
Discovers all resources in an AWS or Azure service account, including all datacenters in the account. The discovery process launches the necessary patterns to find all resources in a service account. You launch this type of cloud discovery from the Service Account form and track the discovery in the Cloud API Trail and Cloud Orchestration Trail.
Cloud application discovery
Discovers only the cloud resources in a service account for a pattern that you specify. You launch this type of cloud discovery from a Discovery schedule and track the discovery in the Discovery Status. This process is the same when discovering configuration items, IP addresses, or networks. You should have an understanding of how patterns work. See Pattern customization for more information.
Tracking the results of a Cloud Discovery

Typically, you track a discovery through the ECC queue and the discovery status, which shows you see all records for a particular discovery. For Service account cloud discovery, check the Cloud API Trail and Cloud Orchestration Trail. Records in these trails show you the same information in the ECC queue, including which MID Server processed and the log entries created for the discovery.

AWS Config and Azure alerts
Your instance can detect notifications and alerts from AWS and Azure clouds. Discovery can then make the necessary updates.
Note: You do not need the Cloud Management application to use cloud discovery. The Discovery plugin includes the necessary components from Cloud Management to perform cloud discovery.

What to do

  1. Add the Cloud Management capability to the MID Servers that you want to use for Cloud Discovery.
  2. Set up credentials for either AWS or Azure:
  3. Create a service account for cloud discovery.
  4. Decide if you want to run service account cloud discovery or cloud application discovery.

    Open the Cloud API Trail and the Orchestration Trail if you encounter any issues with the discovery.

  5. Check the CMDB to see the discovered CIs specific to AWS and Azure clouds.
  6. Configure AWS config or Azure alert services so that you know when changes to your cloud resources occur.

Pre-Jakarta AWS and Azure Discovery

Cloud discovery has changed, starting with the Jakarta release. For pre-Jakarta versions, see the following resources: