Searching and viewing CIs and relationships in the CMDB Explorer
You may want to view the CIs in their environment and their relationships in many scenarios. Some of the scenarios include troubleshooting, planning, analyzing dependencies, and so on. The CMDB Explorer facilitates all these while providing various options to modify your view of the environment. You can select CIs from the search results, or anywhere CI information is available to open them in the CMDB Explorer. The video in this topic gives you an overview of how you can use CMDB Explorer to visualize your data.
Before you begin
You must be logged in to the CMDB user interface as described in Accessing the new CMDB user interface. You must also have a good working knowledge of datasets and CI names to be able to search them.
Performance Issue when viewing a CI in Internet Explorer 11
If the CI that you want to view in CMDB Explorer has a large number of related CIs and you use Internet Explorer 11 (IE 11) to access CMDB Explorer, IE 11 takes a long time to display the CI.
To search and view CIs and relationships in the CMDB Explorer
The following video gives you a quick overview on how you can view CIs and relationships using the CMDB Explorer:
Tips on using the CMDB Explorer
The following tips are meant to help you understand a few capabilities and limitations of the Explorer.
The CMDB Explorer automatically groups some CIs into default groups to simplify your view. A default group is created when there are at least four CIs of the same class immediately under a common parent CI.
- To expand a default group, click the plus sign next to the group or right-click the group and select Show Item.
- To collapse a default group, right-click the parent CI and select Group Children.
You may want to group CIs into custom groups to simplify your view.
- Click Drag Mode to switch to Select Mode.
- Use Select Mode to select CIs that you want to include in the custom group.
- In the select mode, you can hold the left mouse button and drag the mouse pointer to encircle multiple CIs that you want to group.
- You can select CIs that belong to different parent CIs in the hierarchy to create a custom group.
- You cannot select default groups to include in a custom group. The default groups remain unselected.
- A custom group can be expanded by clicking the plus sign.
To simplify your view, you can use filters to hide various CIs and Relationships.
- Click Filter to view a list of the displayed relationships and classes.
- The list of CIs and relationships are displayed as check boxes you can clear or select to modify your view. These lists are restricted to CIs displayed in the Explorer.
- To create filters that include relationships and classes that are not available, click the
- You can save the custom filter for later use.
- Filters when saved only store information related to which items need to be shown.
The Modeling Studio link opens a selected CI in the Mid Tier. The Modeling Studio link is available only when a single CI is selected.
- You can select a CI and click Modeling Studio to open the CI in edit mode.
- If RSSO is not configured, you must log in to the Mid Tier server to edit the model.