Learn about near real-time change detection in SCM

Server Configuration Monitor (SCM) offers near real-time change detection to provide a more granular representation of changes to your environment. Rather than a view of periodic, aggregated server configuration changes, SCM actively listens to identify and track changes to configurations as they occur. This enables SCM users to see the full spectrum of changes that occurs between polling cycles so that they can proactively anticipate performance impacts.

The SCM agent plugin requires deployment of the File Integrity Monitor to monitored servers to enable the capture of any file change in near real time and to indicate who made the change. To use this feature, you must turn on near real-time file monitoring, which enables 'who made the change monitoring.' See the topic Enable near real-time file monitoring and 'who made the change' detection for instructions.

When near real-time monitoring is disabled:

  • File/parsed file elements use IntervalWatcher instead.
  • Registry elements use RegistryWatcher instead.

When real-time monitoring is enabled:

  • Parsed/file elements use the FIM driver, and 'who made the change' detection is enabled to show who made changes to server configurations.
  • Registry elements use the FIM driver, and 'who made the change' detection is enabled to show who made changes to server configurations.