Performing guided node discovery

Guided Node Discovery (Node Discovery) allows you to find Sterling Connect:Direct® servers deployed in your Enterprise Network.

Node Discovery can be performed on servers managed by IBM® Sterling Control Center Monitor and ones not managed by IBM Sterling Control Center Monitor.

Attention: Sterling Connect:Enterprise®, FTP, and Sterling B2B Integrator servers do not support Node Discovery.

Summary of node discovery process

The first step in Node Discovery is to specify the time frame and the servers on which to perform it. Then, after you start Node Discovery, the following occurs:

  1. IBM Sterling Control Center Monitor tries to contact each enabled Explorer server.
  2. After a server is contacted, IBM Sterling Control Center Monitor obtains the data transmission facility (DTF) address, DTF port, and node name and populates the Explorer List with this information. It updates the Last Discovery Date/Time in the Explorer List. Then information from the server's network map and statistics records (for the time specified) is scanned for other servers with whom the server communicates.
  3. If a server cannot be contacted, the MsgID and Return Code fields in the Explorer List are updated with information concerning the errors that prevented the connection.
  4. For each unique trading partner identified in the server's network map or statistics record, a server entry is added to the Discovery List.
  5. When Node Discovery is complete, other fields in the Explorer List are populated, including return code, last explore range, and last successful Discovery.