The manager uses the control information files (CIF) server to communicate with agents and ESM console. Several data files that the CIF server accesses are stored in a proprietary format on the manager workstation or server.
The CIF server provides access to the CIF files. When the ESM console or command-line interface (CLI) needs information from the CIF files, it communicates with the CIF server. The CIF server accesses the CIF files and relays the information back to the ESM console or CLI.
The CIF server also relays requests to other components of the manager. For example, when a client sends a request for a policy run, the CIF server starts the job starter and tells it to start a policy run.
The net server is another component of the manager. It provides CIF server, local file, and agent server access to remote clients. The net server uses the Symantec ESM client server protocol (CSP) to provide communication between processes on different computers.