Managing properties using the Property Dictionary
The Property Dictionary is a master list of all properties that can be assigned to system objects.
The Property Dictionary organizes properties into classes and subclasses. Each class inherits the properties defined for the root system object in the Property Dictionary. Each subclass inherits all properties defined for its parent class.
The Property Dictionary presents users with two types of property classes: built-in and custom.
Both built-in and custom property classes are hierarchical collections of classes and subclasses. Built-in property classes are the same for all BMC Server Automation installations. The define the standard properties for the objects you interact with in the server automation system. Custom property classes are user-defined and have multiple applications.
In general, all roles can read the Property Dictionary; no special permissions are required to view it. However, to view instances of custom property classes, your role must have, at minimum, a PropertyInstance.Read authorization. For information about granting authorizations to roles, see Creating roles.
The Property Dictionary lets you perform the following procedures:
Tasks related to properties
Create hierarchical custom property classes and subclasses
Use BMC Server Automation to create hierarchical custom property classes and subclasses.
Add a new property to a built-in class or modify an existing property
Use BMC Server Automation to add a new property to a built-in class or modify an existing property. Built-in property classes are associated with types of system objects.
Associate a custom property class with a system object
To explicitly associate a custom property class with a system object, you must create a property class property, which is a particular type of property that references another property class or subclass (either custom or built-in).