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.
You can create three types of connected data source extensions.
|Connected data source extension||Description|
|Import Only||Used 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 Only||Used 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 Export||Used 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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