Appendix 2: Data Imported by Amazon connector

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The Amazon connector returns information about each AWS instance, and its host. All instances are subsequently displayed in the Cloud Service Provider Inventory page. Hosts are never displayed in this page, as in general hosting is variable and controlled by AWS.
Tip: One exception where you have direct control is the 'dedicated host'. Like all other host types, dedicated hosts do not appear in the Cloud Service Provider Inventory listing; but they do automatically appear in inventory device listings, such as the All Inventory page, where you can search for them using the Hosted in property. Any instances from the Cloud Service Provider Inventory listing that are hosted on your dedicated host also display a link to the dedicated host properties in the Host column.

Instance data

Tip: All kinds of instances return this set of data, whether they are virtual machines or bare metal instances. The latter return an Instance type starting with i3..
If the data gathered through the Amazon connector matches inventory collected from another source, the Cloud Service Provider Inventory page includes a hyperlink to open the inventory device properties page for the instance. Putting that another way, inventory device records are not created when the Amazon connector is the sole source of information; but they are created when inventory is returned from another source that covers the cloud instance (one possible example is having FlexNet inventory agent running locally on the instance). In this latter case, linked records exist in both the ComplianceComputer and CloudServiceInstance tables.
Some data is additional to the normal content collected as inventory. For example, the InstanceTenancyID, used for identifying whether the current device is a Dedicated instance, or is an instance running On dedicated host, is imported into the CloudServiceInstance table, and, as Availability type, is visible in both the Cloud Service Provider Inventory page and the Cloud Hosting tab of the inventory device properties (where inventory exists for the instance).
Tip: AWS "bare metal instances" behave like other instances in terms of data gathered and records created.
When there is an inventory device record for an instance, the inventory-related values imported through the Amazon connector (and shown below in alphabetical order) are displayed in the separate Cloud Hosting tab of the inventory device properties:
  • Availability type
  • Availability Zone
  • Cores
  • Creation date (and time)
  • Host ID (use to link to host)
  • Image ID (for the AMI, or Amazon Machine Image, from which the instance was instantiated)
  • Instance ID
  • Instance region
  • Instance type
  • Last known state
  • Lifecycle mode (displayed as Lifecycle in the Cloud Service Provider Inventory page, and as Purchased option in the Cloud Hosting tab of the inventory device properties)
  • MAC address
  • Network ID
  • Threads per core.

Host data

If the host is a "dedicated host" (which means that your enterprise has exclusive use and detailed control), an inventory device record is automatically created for the dedicated host in the ComplianceComputer table (with the resulting property sheet). Separate inventory device records are not created for any other kind of host; and hosts (other than dedicated hosts) are not listed separately on the Cloud Service Provider Inventory page.
Tip: For dedicated hosts, the following properties are displayed on the Cloud Hosting tab of the inventory device properties.
The following properties (listed alphabetically) are collected for hosts of all types through the Amazon connector:
  • Availability Zone
  • Cores
  • Creation time
  • Host ID
  • Instance region
  • Instance type
  • SocketsVcpu.

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