Viewing federated data in BMC Atrium Explorer
Federated data is information about a configuration item (CI) that is stored outside BMC Atrium CMDB and is linked to CIs in BMC Atrium Configuration Management Database (BMC Atrium CMDB). BMC Atrium Explorer allows you to retrieve federated instances that are related to a core CI in the BMC Atrium CMDB.
If the BMC Remedy ITSM applications are installed on your system, Open launch in context menu provides links to federated records (for example, change requests or incidents) related to the CI selected in the BMC Atrium Explorer display pane.
You can view additional federated data from BMC Atrium Explorer only if an administrator has set up federation through the Federation Manager. An administrator can configure federated data to be available in the BMC Atrium Explorer display pane, appearing as instances related to CIs that are stored in BMC Atrium CMDB. Federated instances of the same federated data class appear as a CI group. For more information about CI groups, see Instance groups.
The base class for federated data classes is
BMC_FederatedBaseElement. When creating a query that includes federated data and federated relationship classes, you cannot add query conditions for federated relationship classes. A federated relationship class contains no data; it exists only to connect a federated data class to a CI class in your data model.
If an administrator has configured a separate application to display federated data, perform the following procedure to view that federated data.
To view a CI related to federated data
- In BMC Atrium Explorer, query the CI that you want to view.
In the following figure, the saved query was an OR search for Calbro Services computer system CIs where Model = PowerEdge or Manufacturer = Dell Computer Systems.
Relationship link between CI instance and external data in federated class
- Drag the CI into the display pane.
- Double-click the CI.
If you successfully related the source class and the federated destination class, the federated class is displayed below the CI. The following figure shows that the bank server CI is related to a federated class.
- Double-click the federated class.
If you successfully created a federated relationship qualification, the federated CI is displayed in BMC Atrium Explorer. This federated CI is a static record — you cannot modify it in any way because the database table underlying the federated class is external to BMC Atrium CMDB and not under its control.
To view federated data in an application launched from the BMC Atrium Explorer
- Select a CI in the BMC Atrium Explorer display pane.
- In the toolbar, click Open launch in context menu.
- Select a launch link to open (for example, View Related Change Requests ).
An application chosen by an administrator launches to display the federated data.