Client Management services provides a flexible solution for robust management of clients, regardless of connection types or client capabilities. Network connected or offline clients can be targeted for management.
For Client Management services, clients include any of the devices and computers supported by Lotus® Expeditor for Desktop and Devices clients. This can include devices and computers running other products that include the Lotus Expeditor client.
Client Management Services is used to enroll devices into a database and perform many tasks for managing devices, such as:
- Device configuration: Setting client parameters for software.
- Inventory collection: Collecting software information about the client.
- Software distribution: Distributing, installing, and removing software for the client.
- Additional tasks are also implemented on particular clients, depending on client capabilities, such as:
Client Management Services provides a graphical user interface (GUI) for client management. The Client Management administration interface is integrated with the Integrated Solutions Console provided by WebSphere® Application Server. Administrators typically use the Client Management administration interface. Client Management also provides application programming interfaces to manage clients. For more information, see ../com.ibm.wedserver.doc/developingclientmanagementapplications.html.
For Client Management Services, management actions are called tasks
. Tasks can be applied to or targeted to a single client, or a group of clients. Groups of clients are defined by a list of clients, or by characterizing the group, such as by the client owner, owner group, some attributes of the client inventory, or a combination of characteristics. Groups of clients are defined to Client Management Services as filters
Tasks are targeted to a client and the task is run when the client connects to the Client Management server. The server maintains a history of task status for all tasks and all clients. Client Management Services can also notify the client that a task is waiting for the client.
Client Management Services requires an agent on the managed client. The agent is supplied with the Lotus Expeditor client.
The client agents communicates with the Client Management server using HTTP or HTTPS. The protocol running on top of HTTP is a standard protocol called the OMA DM protocol used with OSGi devices. With HTTP and HTTPS communications between devices and Device Manager, requests and responses can pass through various network elements, such as firewalls. OMA DM is a specification created by the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) organization for device management of wireless devices.
Parent topic: Managing with a Client Management server: XPD622