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About Connected Data Source Extensions

MIIS includes a number of different management agents to connect to a variety of data sources. For data sources for which ILM 2007 FP1 does not include a management agent, ILM 2007 FP1 includes the Extensible Connectivity Management Agent (ECMA) to connect to those data sources. To interact with a data source, the ECMA uses a connected data source extension. A connected data source extension is a .NET Framework assembly that is implemented in the form of a dynamic link library (.dll) file.

You can create this extension using any programming language and compiler that creates a .NET Framework assembly. For more information, see Creating Connected Data Source Extensions.

Types of Connected Data Source Extensions

You can create three types of connected data source extensions.

Connected data source extensionDescription
Import OnlyUsed for connected data sources that only export data to ILM 2007 FP1. For example, human resources (HR) databases are usually the authoritative data source for employee information at a given company. HR databases only export data; any changes to an HR database must be done within the HR database.
Export OnlyUsed for connected data sources that only accept synchronized data from ILM 2007 FP1. These data sources do not export any data to ILM 2007 FP1. A PBX database that obtains telephone information from ILM 2007 FP1 is an example of a data source that does not export data. Any changes to this database occur in another connected data source.
Import and ExportUsed for connected data sources that both export data to ILM 2007 FP1 and accept synchronized data from ILM 2007 FP1. A database that runs on a mainframe computer is an example of this type of data source.

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