You can set the management state for the following types of objects:

  • Systems such as routers, switches, and hosts

  • Physical packages such as cards

  • Network adapters such as ports and interfaces

  • Protocol endpoints such as IP interfaces and STP nodes

  • Management agents such as SNMP agents

  • Logical devices such as fans, processors, temperature and voltage sensors, and file systems

  • Redundancy groups such as redundancy groups that represent two or more cards or two or more network connections

    The ability to unmanage IP interfaces enables you to develop flexible management policies. When you unmanage an IP interface, the underlying physical interface continues to be managed because the status of the IP interface is determined by using ICMP, and the status of the physical interface is determined by using SNMP.

    You can unmanage the IP interfaces on systems where ICMP pings are not allowed because, for example, of a firewall. When you unmanage these IP interfaces, the IP Manager no longer polls them through ICMP. More important, however, is that the IP Manager still manages the underlying physical interfaces through SNMP.