We have been testing the native AWS SSM capabilities, in particular software inventory from EC2 instances.
When it comes to IBM software, we have found that some installations (i.e. MQ Server) are properly detected and reported, however, other common titles (i.e. DB2 Server, WebSphere Application Server, Integration Bus) are not captured.
A “successful” detection example is shown below:
MQSeriesServer-U8004 8.0.0 WebSphere MQ Server FileSet
For DB2, WAS, IIB, there are no records at all.
Regarding this issue, the feedback from AWS Support is that the software needs to be installed in one of the AWS SSM supported formats:
- Package Management (i.e. yum, apt)
- Common Package Files (i.e. rpm, deb).
The other workaround provided was to create a custom inventory (i.e. manually adding metadata to the specific instances).
The question that I would like to bring to the table is:
- Has anybody worked with SSM software inventory? if so, have any similar issues being encountered and was any workaround tested?
- Does anyone know how DB2/WebSphere AWS Marketplace software installations are detected by SSM?
AWS Marketplace: IBM DB2 Express Edition
AWS Marketplace: WebSphere Liberty v18.104.22.168
- Any other gotchas related to AWS SSM inventory and other top software vendors?
Happy to provide more details and discuss. Any help would be highly appreciated.