An authority relationship identifies a specific managing process as having the
authority to manage a specific managed object. (Refer to chapter 4).
To participate in authority relationships, a OS has to be capable of
performing the role of a managing process or an agent process, or both. In
the context of
the architecture, a OS performing the role of a managing process issues
operations on, and receives notifications from, managed objects in another OS.
An OS performing the role of an agent process makes managed objects visible
to other OSs. To accomplish this, an agent OS has to map its managed objects
to corresponding real resources or other managed objects. That mapping is not
subject to specification. A OS may participate as a manager in several
authority relationships. Likewise, a managed object may be managed by
Authority relationships may be grouped in ;SPM_quot;authority relationship sets;SPM_quot;, where
the sets correspond to divisions based on one or more of the following methods
of allocating management responsibility:
A management network may make use of several authority relationship sets to
reflect different aspects of network management.