Working with CIs and relationships
This topic gives you an overview of the various tasks that you can perform on a configuration item (CI) using CMDB Explorer.
|Search for a CI
You start by selecting a dataset in the search option. Based on the resulting list of CIs that are returned by your search, you can display, edit, delete, or expand those instances in the CMDB Explorer.
View the child and parent relationships of a CI.
You can view any destination CI in CMDB Explorer by right-clicking the CI and selecting Expand Children.
You can view any source CI in CMDB Explorer by right-clicking the CI and selecting Expand Parents.
You can view both the source and destination CIs in the CMDB Explorer canvas by right-clicking the CI, and then selecting Expand Both.
Open the CI in context in BMC Discovery, the product catalog, or the service context.
You can open a CI that is displayed in the CMDB Explorer and view its properties in context in BMC Discovery, the product catalog form, or in the service context. See Searching and viewing CIs and relationships in CMDB Explorer.
Group Selected CIs
You can group CIs of the same class (that is, the common children CIs) related to a parent CI in CMDB Explorer.
|Create a CI
You can create a CI manually in an existing service model and add a relationship to that CI. This CI can belong to either a production dataset (BMC.Asset) or to a non-production dataset. For more information, see:
You can create CIs in a non-production dataset, and then build the service model for these CIs. For more information, see:
You can add a relationship between two CIs.
|Promote a CI
You can promote changes from a Sandbox dataset to production
Compare a modified CI with the production CI
After you select a CI from the search results, you can view the CI in the CMDB Explorer. You can compare an instance in the Sandbox with the BMC Asset dataset, open the CI in CMDB Explorer and then select Show CI Details.
Edit an instance of a CI
After you select a CI from the search results, you can view the CI in CMDB Explorer. For a non-production dataset, you can directly edit the CI, but for the production dataset, you can only view but not edit a CI directly. When you try to edit a CI from the BMC.ASSET dataset, the CI is opened in the Sandbox dataset.
Note: You cannot edit service CIs and relationships, which should be modified in the Service Catalog.
|Modify the relationship between CIs
You can modify the relationship between two CIs.
You can delete a CI by marking it for Mark as Deleted.
For more information, see Deleting CIs in CMDB Explorer