Object Data Manager

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Object Data Manager (ODM) is a database management system and device configuration integrated into IBM's AIX operating system.[1][2] Data being managed by ODM is stored and maintained as objects with associated attributes.[3] Interaction of C programming language applications with ODM is performed via application programming interface (API) library; shell scripts and users are provided with command-line utilities such us odmshow, odmadd, odmchange and odmdelete to deal with it. The ODM is analogous to the registry in Microsoft Windows.[4] SMIT and its associated AIX commands can query and modify information from the ODM.[5] A good understanding of the ODM is essential for managing AIX systems.[6]

Example of information stored in the ODM database are:

  • Network configuration
  • Logical volume management configuration
  • Installed software information
  • Information for logical devices or software drivers
  • List of all AIX supported devices
  • Physical hardware devices installed and their configuration
  • Menus, screens and commands that SMIT uses

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  1. ^ "Object Data Manager (ODM)". sysadminexperts.com. SysAdminExperts. Retrieved 18 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "IBM Knowledge Center: Object data manager". www.ibm.com. IBM. Retrieved 18 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "IBM Training White Paper: Understanding the AIX Object Data Manager". www.globalknowledge.com. Global Knowledge. Retrieved 18 June 2016. 
  4. ^ Nemeth, Evi (2011). "Chapter 13. Drivers and the Kernel". UNIX and Linux System Administration Handbook. Prentice Hall. pp. 432–437. ISBN 978-0-13-148005-6. 
  5. ^ Frisch, Æleen. Essential System Administration: Tools and Techniques for Linux and Unix Administration. "O'Reilly Media, Inc.". p. 67. ISBN 9780596550493. 
  6. ^ Michael, Randal. AIX 5L Administration. Mcgraw-hill. p. 150. ISBN 9780072222555. 

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