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Solaris discovery

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Solaris discovery

Discovery identifies and classifies information about Solaris computers.

Warning: DO NOT switch from probes to patterns if you are already running Discovery with probes, and your CMDB is already populated. If you do so, it is possible that the pattern Discovery process does not synchronize on the same values that the probe Discovery process does. This could result in duplicate CIs in your CMDB.

Supported operating systems

  • Oracle Solaris 10
  • Oracle Solaris 11


Discovery stores data in the [cmdb_running_process] table with truncated command line parameters up to 80 characters. This can cause multiple applications to be merged into one CI. To get the full command line and prevent this issue, run pargs -a and parse the result.

For Discovery to use patterns to find Solaris computers, you must install SNEEP. Otherwise, Discovery cannot find the serial number.

If using Solaris zones, each zone should be configured to return a unique value for the serial number. Otherwise, each zone will return the same number causing issues with CI identification.


Configure SSH credentials for the systems you want to discover.

For a list of privileged commands that you need for Discovery and Service Mapping, see Service Mapping commands requiring a privileged user for a list of the commands that require elevated rights to discover and map Unix-based hosts in your organization.

Classifier, probes, and pattern

Table 1.
Classifier Probes Pattern

(UNIX Classification)

  • Horizontal discovery probe: launches patterns
  • Solaris - Installed Software^
  • Solaris - Identity*
  • Solaris - CPU*
  • Solaris - Hardware Model*
  • Solaris - Memory*
  • Solaris - Network ARP Tables*
  • Solaris - OS Patches*
  • Solaris - Storage*
  • Solaris - Zones*
  • Solaris - Disks*
  • DNS*
Solaris Server

*For new instances, these probes are inactive on the classifier. Discovery uses patterns for discovery.

^This probe remains active by default, even when Discovery uses pattern discovery.

To use patterns, verify that the correct pattern is specified in the horizontal pattern probe on the classifier. See Add the Horizontal Pattern probe to a classifier for instructions.

Data collected

Label Table name Field name Source
Operating System cmdb_ci_computer os uname
Short description cmdb_ci_solaris_server short_description uname
Name cmdb_ci_solaris_server name DNS, NBT
Hostname cmdb_ci_solaris_server host_name DNS, NBT
DNS domain cmdb_ci_solaris_server dns_domain DNS
Start date cmdb_ci_solaris_server start_date uptime
CPU type cmdb_ci_computer cpu_type kstat
CPU speed (MHz) cmdb_ci_computer cpu_speed kstat
CPU count cmdb_ci_computer cpu_count kstat
CPU core count cmdb_ci_computer cpu_core_count kstat
CPU core thread cmdb_ci_computer cpu_core_thread kstat
Model number cmdb_ci_solaris_server model_number suntype
Model ID cmdb_ci_solaris_server model_id suntype
RAM (MB) cmdb_ci_computer ram prtconf
Disk space (GB) cmdb_ci_solaris_server disk_space iostat
Serial Number cmdb_ci_solaris_server serial_number sneep *
Manufacturer cmdb_ci_disk manufacturer iostat
Model ID cmdb_ci_disk model_id iostat
Volume serial number cmdb_ci_disk volume_serial_number iostat
Disk space (GB) cmdb_ci_disk disk_space iostat
Name cmdb_ci_disk name iostat
Name cmdb_ci_file_system name df
Capacity (MB cmdb_ci_file_system capacity df
Available Space (MB) cmdb_ci_file_system available_space df
Mount point cmdb_ci_file_system mount_point df
Name cmdb_ci_patches name showrev
Name cmdb_running_process name ps
Command cmdb_running_process command ps
Connects to cmdb_running_process connects_to lsof
Listening on cmdb_running_process listening_on lsof
Type cmdb_running_process type ps
PID cmdb_running_process pid ps
Parameters cmdb_running_process parameters ps
Name cmdb_ci_network_adapter name ifconfig
IP address cmdb_ci_network_adapter ip_address ifconfig
MAC address cmdb_ci_network_adapter mac_address ifconfig
Netmask cmdb_ci_network_adapter netmask ifconfig
Default gateway cmdb_ci_hardware default_gateway netstat
* To discover Fujitsu PRIMEPOWER devices, you must install Oracle SNEEP and run Solaris discovery with root credentials.

Solaris zone discovery

Discovery maps the relationships between global and local Solaris zones upon detection.

In the following example, a Solaris global zone contains two local zones: zone01 and zone02. Each local zone is represented by a physical Solaris CI record and a Virtual Machine Instance record. Each of the local zones is tied to a Zone Server, demonstrating how virtualization relates to the global zone (mmp1).

Figure 1. Solaris zone relationship map
Solaris zone relationship map

The TCP connection and process information for local zone servers must be collected by running commands on their parent global zone. The relationship path between the local and global zone physical machines must be established before TCP connection and process information for local zone servers can be collected.

Case 1: Global zone discovered first.
  • The system creates the Solaris server CI for the global zone.
  • Discovery detects the local zones, creates a hypervisor zone server record, and creates a virtual machine instance record for each Solaris device in the local zone.
  • Discovery creates the relationship between the hypervisor record and the VM instance record.
Case 2: Local zone discovered first.
  • The system creates the Solaris server CI for the local zone.
  • Discovery sets the correlation ID, so that it can be reconciled during later global zone discoveries.
Case 3: Global zone discovered after creation of local zone Solaris server CIs.
  • Global zone Discovery detects local zones.
  • Discovery creates a hypervisor zone server record, and creates a virtual machine instance record for each Solaris device in the local zone.
  • Discovery creates the relationship between the hypervisor record and the VM instance record. In addition, it creates the relationship between the physical local zone VM and its virtual machine instance record.
  • The global zone runs the Solaris - ADM probe on itself, filtering by the local zone, and updates the physical local zone VMs with this data.

Case 4: The relationship path between physical local and global zone machines is established.

Subsequent discoveries of the global zone refresh the TCP connection and process information for the contained local zones.

When the system discovers a global zone, the Solaris - Zones & ADM Launcher probe triggers the Solaris - ADM probe to explore the global zone and each local zone found. Because the Solaris - ADM probe must run on the global zone to detect TCP connection and process information from its local zones, you might see multiple ECC queue records that appear identical.

Figure 2. ECC queue entries for a zone Discovery
ECC queue entries for a zone Discovery

Upon examining the payload, however, you will see that each probe is actually targeting a different zone CI to filter on and update.

Figure 3. Local zone payload
Local zone payload
Table 2. Data collected on Solaris zones
Label Table Name Field Name Source
Version cmdb_ci_vm_zones version zoneadm, zonename
Correlation ID cmdb_ci_vm_zones correlation_id zoneadm, zonename
Name cmdb_ci_vm_instance name zoneadm, zonename
Parent cmdb_ci_vm_instance parent Internal
CMDB CI cmdb_ci_vm_instance cmdb_ci Internal
Correlation ID cmdb_ci_vm_instance correlation_id zoneadm, zonename