Thursday, June 2, 2011

Manually Add Resources to Inventory from CLI

Resources in RHQ are typically added to the inventory through discovery scans that run on the agent. The plugin container (running inside the agent) invokes plugin components to discover resources. RHQ also allows you to manually add resources into inventory. There may be times when discovery scans fail to find a resource you want to manage. The other day I was asked whether or not you can manually add a resource to inventory via the CLI. Here is a small CLI script that demonstrates manually adding a Tomcat server into inventory.

The findResourceType and findPlatform functions are pretty straightforward. The interesting work happens in createTomcatConnectionProps and in manuallyAddTomcat. The key to it all though is on line 44. DiscoveryBoss provides methods for importing resources from the discovery queue as well as for manually adding resources. manuallyAddResources expects as arguments a resource type id, a parent resource id, and the plugin configuration (i.e., connection properties).

Determining the connection properties that you need to specify might not be entirely intuitive. I looked at the plugin descriptor as well as the TomcatDiscoveryComponent class from the tomcat plugin to determine the minimum, required connection properties that need to be included.

Here is how the script could be used from the CLI shell:

rhqadmin@localhost:7080$ login rhqadmin rhqadmin
rhqadmin@localhost:7080$ exec -f manual_add.js
rhqadmin@localhost:7080$ hostname = ''
rhqadmin@localhost:7080$ tomcatDir = '/home/jsanda/Development/tomcat6'
rhqadmin@localhost:7080$ manuallyAddTomcat(hostname, tomcatDir)
           id: 12071
 resourceType: Tomcat Server


This effectively adds the Tomcat server to the inventory of managed resources. This same approach can be used with other resource types. The key is knowing what connection properties you need to specify so that the plugin (in which the resource type is defined) knows how to connect to and manage the resource.


  1. Cool!

    I used this approach to add a JMX Server Resource (JVM) manually in a group of Linux Servers. The script is available here:


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