Adding a second BigFix Inventory server

9.2.1 Available from 9.2.1. Multiple instances of BigFix Inventory can coexist within the same infrastructure. They can be connected to the same BigFix server but monitor different computers that are grouped according to specific criteria. It allows for reporting utilization of license metrics for subsets of computers, managing parts of the environment by separate teams, or distributing the workload by importing data from a smaller number of computers.

Important: You can fulfill the same scenarios by dividing computers into groups in a single instance of BigFix Inventory. It is the recommended approach. For more information, see: Tutorial: Reporting subcapacity usage per computer group.

To add another instance of BigFix Inventory, install another BigFix Inventory server and connect it to the same BigFix platform. Ensure that both instances of BigFix Inventory use the same fixlet site. From the BigFix perspective, the separation of servers is not visible. The servers use the same fixlet site, computers, and tasks that are used to scan the environment and discover software. The separation occurs during the import of data from BigFix to BigFix Inventory servers.

To import data from different sets of computers, divide the computers into groups by giving them unique computer settings. Then, create an analysis that retrieves the values of these settings. Finally, modify the data import so that each BigFix Inventory server imports data only from computers that have a particular setting, and omits the remaining ones. As a result, each BigFix Inventory server manages a separate group of computers.

Note: Consider the following limitation only if you initially installed BigFix Inventory version 9.2.3 or earlier, regardless of whether you upgraded to a newer version since:

The coexisting servers must use the same database software, either SQL Server or DB2, and have the same software catalog uploaded. It is required because you will later disable the catalog delivery in one of the servers, so that a common catalog is always delivered to all computers. Different signatures in catalogs for SQL Server and DB2 would cause problems in software discovery. For more information, see Additional considerations.

Complete the following procedures to enable the coexistence.