The installation includes system files, configuration files, ASL rule set files, scripts, templates, as well as third-party software files that the software uses.

Never alter system files, such as executables, shared libraries, MODEL files, and setup files. Do not alter third-party software system files provided with the Java Runtime Environment.

As part of the configuration process, you will need to make changes to some of the user-modifiable files. The following are examples of user-modifiable files:

  • Configuration files, such as ics.conf, clientConnect.conf, and serverConnect.conf (you are required to edit these)
  • ASL rule sets, such as syslog_mgr.asl
  • Sample actions, such as ics-ping and ics-telnet
  • Template files used to import data, such as and

    Original versions of configuration files, ASL rule sets, scripts, and template files are installed to the BASEDIR/smarts/conf, BASEDIR/smarts/rules, and BASEDIR/smarts/script directories. When you need to alter a file in one of these directories, make those changes to a local copy of the file. By default, local copies of user-modifiable files should reside in BASEDIR/smarts/local or one of its subdirectories. software is designed to first search for user-modifiable files in BASEDIR/smarts/local or one of its subdirectories. If a modified version of a file is not found in the local area, software then searches appropriate non-local directories.

    To edit a file, invoke the sm_edit utility from the BASEDIR/smarts/bin directory. When used, sm_edit automatically opens a local copy of the specified file and saves the modified file to its appropriate location. Modifying VMware Smart Assurance files provides further information about how to use the sm_edit utility.

    You should:

  • Only modify local copies of user-modifiable files.
  • Always retain the original, unedited, version of these files.

    Subdirectories for user-modifiable files identifies the default subdirectories that include user-modifiable files found under BASEDIR/smarts/local. The subdirectories vary by product suite.

Table 1. Subdirectories for user-modifiable files

Installation path





Tool scripts


Configuration files


Import files


ASL rules files


The BASEDIR/smarts/local directory has been reserved for directories with local copies of user-modifiable files as well as writable files such as logs and repository files. It typically contains directories listed in Subdirectories for user-modifiable files. During installation, software may create empty subdirectories under the BASEDIR/smarts/local directory. These directories are reserved for use for future service packs and Rolling Patches. The exception is the BASEDIR/smarts/local/bin directory that contains files necessary for the successful installation of software.

In addition, the BASEDIR/smarts/local/conf directory contains the file, which is created during installation. The is a file for setting environment variables, including the default location for the Broker. You can edit this file to change the default location of the Broker or to define any wide environment variable. “Methods for setting environment variables for ITOps software” on page 138 provides information about setting environment variables.

The product-specific naming convention used for subdirectories under BASEDIR/smarts/local/conf and BASEDIR/smarts/local/rules (as well as their non-local counterparts) typically reflects the product or module within a product suite that uses the files.

You can alter the location for rules files, as described in “Controlling the location for rule set files” on page 27.


If VMware installs a site-specific patch at your location, then additional directories may be included under BASEDIR/smarts/local. Never alter files in any of these additional subdirectories.