The manager uses the control information files (CIF) server to communicate with the agents and the ESM Console. Several of the data files accessed by the CIF server are stored in a proprietary format on the manager workstation or server.
The CIF server provides access to the CIF files. When the console or command-line interface (CLI) needs information from the CIF files, the console or CLI communicates with the CIF server. The CIF server accesses the CIF files and relays the information back to the console or to the CLI.
The CIF server also relays requests to other components of the manager. When a client sends a request for a policy run, the CIF server starts the job starter. The CIF server then tells the job starter to start a policy run.
Clients can include the following:
The net server is another component of the manager. It provides the CIF server, the local file, and the agent server access to remote clients. The net server uses the console client server protocol (CSP) to provide communication between processes on the different computers.