Definition files

The Probe for BMC Patrol reads the connection information for each agent from a definition (.def) file, which must be created before you run the probe. Definition files contain rows of agent connection information in the following format:

hostname username password port


  • hostname is the name of the host on which the agent runs
  • username is a username to log in to the host
  • password is the encrypted password for the username
  • port is the port to which you are connecting

You must use the nco_patrol_write utility to add agents to the definitions file. The utility prompts you for the agent details. See Utilities supplied with the Probe for BMC Patrol.

Note: If an agent specified in the .def file is not available, the probe drops it from the list until the next session.