Manual discovery can be used to discover SNMPv1, v2c, or v3 systems in IPv4 or IPv6 networks.

  • Using Manual discovery without autodiscovery — By using manual discovery without autodiscovery, the IP Manager will discover just the seed systems. The seed systems are presented to the IP Manager as entries in a seed file, rather than being presented individually by using the Add Agent command. A comprehensive seed file can only be created if the network topology information is complete and accessible. “Using the Add Agent command to initiate discovery” on page 80 provides information on the Add Agent command.

  • Using Manual discovery with autodiscovery — In situations where the network topology information is incomplete, unavailable, or constantly changing, manual discovery is combined with autodiscovery. The seed file can be much smaller because the seed systems that are specified for manual discovery also serve as a starting point for autodiscovery. Autodiscovery automatically discovers the managed network from the seed systems.

    For manual discovery, or manual discovery that is combined with autodiscovery, you create a seed file by editing the BASEDIR/smarts/conf/seedfile template in the IP Management Suite installation area. “How to create a seed file” on page 96 provides the procedure for creating seed files.