This documentation supports the 9.1 to 9.1 Service Pack 3 version and its patches of BMC Atrium Core. The documentation for version 9.1.04 and its patches is available here.

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Views of the dataset in the display pane

BMC Atrium Explorer displays BMC Atrium Configuration Management Database (BMC Atrium CMDB) configuration item (CI) and relationship instances as a graphical map inside of a particular view. Think of a view in BMC Atrium Explorer as a "window" into a particular dataset. A view lets you display a subset of CIs from your dataset. Based on the dataset that you select in your query options, you can perform various actions on the CIs within that view (for example, modify or delete). After you have populated a view with CIs and then saved it, you can reopen that view to work with those CIs.

To view the CIs in the dataset, you can drag one or more instances from the Find section of the navigation pane to the display pane. When you drag a CI instance to the display pane, you show the CI in a particular view. A message appears that indicates the result of dragging the instance or the reason why the drag operation was rejected. You can also click a CI and select Expand Children or Expand Parents to see associated CIs in the display pane.

The following figure shows a topology of related instances in the display pane of BMC Atrium Explorer.

Topology of related instances in BMC Atrium Explorer

All instances visible in the display pane are represented as a view of a specific dataset. You can have several views opened at once, though only one at a time is active. After you have opened a view, its name is listed at the bottom of the display pane (for example, View - BMC Asset or View1 - Sandbox for John). Click the names at the bottom of the display pane to switch between views as you work. For more information, see BMC Atrium Explorer views.

Use the zoom bar to resize the topology in the display pane for easier viewing.

  • Zoom Out makes the topology appear smaller, and Zoom In makes the topology appear larger. You can also resize the topology by dragging the slider between these two buttons, or by using the scroll wheel on the mouse.
  • Zoom Fit resizes the topology so that all CIs and relationships fit in the viewable area of the display pane.
  • Show Overview is a navigation aid. You can click and drag the highlight box to select an area of the graph that you are interested in and the large graph pans and zooms to display the portion you have highlighted.

The following figure shows the zoom bar and its buttons.
Zoom bar in BMC Atrium Explorer

Configuration items (CIs)

Each CI is represented by an icon that indicates the class of that instance. Each icon includes arrows that show other CIs related to that instance. Click the icon and either expand (show) or collapse (hide) related CIs.

If a CI's isVirtual attribute is assigned the Yes value, the CI's icon is enclosed in a brown rectangle, which enables you to quickly identify CIs running as virtual machines. The following figure shows a virtual computer with a brown rectangle.

Virtual computer in BMC Atrium Explorer

The label below each CI icon identifies that CI. The text of the label is the value of an attribute of the CI class. By default, BMC Atrium Explorer uses the Name or ShortDescription attribute of that CI, depending on its CI class, as listed in the following table. CIs that represent logical resources use the Name attribute. CIs that tend to have long, encoded names use the ShortDescription attribute.

Classes with a Name attribute label

Classes with a ShortDescription attribute label

BMC_Collection
BMC_Document
BMC_LogicalEntity
BMC_Person

BMC_AccessPoint
BMC_Equipment
BMC_Settings
BMC_System
BMC_SystemComponent
BMC_SystemService

Note

For CIs of classes that are not listed in the following table, BMC Atrium Explorer uses the CI's ShortDescription attribute to identify the CIs.

A subclass uses the CI label settings of its superclass. For example, because the BMC_System class uses the ShortDescription attribute for CI labels, the BMC_ComputerSystem class also uses the ShortDescription attribute. You can configure different attributes to use for CI labels of a class. For more information about changing the attributes that are used for CI labels, see Defining CI labels for a class.

Instance icons can include a small graphic that indicates its status. While you make changes in a personal Sandbox dataset, Edited, Deleted, New, and Virtual indicate the changes to each instance of a CI class or a Relationship class in relationship to the BMC Asset dataset. These icons enable you to keep track of the changes you have made before promoting those changes to the production dataset. See Sandbox views and datasets for more information. Deleted is available in all dataset views to indicate instances that are marked for deletion. Virtual is available in all dataset views to indicate virtual instances. The following table describes the status icons for different types of CIs or relationships.

Icon

Description

The CI has been edited in the Sandbox dataset. A corresponding copy of the CI exists in the BMC Asset dataset.

The CI has been deleted from the dataset.

The CI is new in the Sandbox dataset. No corresponding copy of the CI exists yet in the BMC Asset dataset.

The purple icon and arrow indicate the impact relationship and its direction. For more information about impact relationships, see Impact states in Atrium Impact Simulator.

The CI is a virtual CI in the dataset.

None

  • If the CI is being viewed in BMC Asset, the status of CI is unchanged.
  • If the CI is being viewed in the Sandbox, the CI exists only in the Sandbox view but not in the Sandbox dataset. A corresponding copy of the CI exists in the BMC Asset dataset.

Relationships

The lines connecting CIs represent the different types of relationships. The following table lists and describes the types of relationships that are available in BMC Atrium Explorer at installation, and the default lines that represent them in the display pane.


Relationship lines in BMC Atrium Explorer

Relationship type

Default line

Description

Member of Collection

Solid black

The destination CI is a member of a collection related to the source CI. For more information about member-of-collection relationships, see the BMC Atrium CMDB Data Model Help.

Partial group Relationship

Dotted red

Connects a CI to a group of related CIs, where the group is incomplete. For example, if browsing CIs in a view causes a CI to be connected to two separate groups of CIs, when those groups would ordinarily be in the same group, the partial group line is used. See Instance groups for more information.

Element Location

Solid blue

The destination class is located in a place defined by the source CI. For more information about location relationships, see the BMC Atrium CMDB Data Model Help.

Group Relationship

Dashed grey

Connect a CI to a group of related CIs. See Instance groups for more information.

Virtual Relationship

Dashed red

Connects a CI to another CI, but the relationship is indirect because a filter or folding action has removed an intermediate CI from the view. For example, CI-1 is related to CI-2, and CI-2 is related to CI-3. If a filter has removed CI-2 from the view, the relationship between CI-1 and CI-3 is virtual. For more information about virtual relationships, see the BMC Atrium CMDB Data Model Help.

Dependency

Solid red

The destination CI depends on the source CI. For more information about dependency relationships, see the BMC Atrium CMDB Data Model Help.

Impact

Solid fuchsia

The source CI impacts the destination CI. This impact relationship line represents a "pure" impact relationship that is a hard coded and unchangeable part of the relationship definition. Contrast the Impact relationship type to an existing relationship (for example, Component) where the HasImpact attribute is set to Yes. For more information about impact relationships, see Impact states in Atrium Impact Simulator.

Component

Solid green

The destination CI is a component of the source CI. For more information about component relationships, see the BMC Atrium CMDB Data Model Help.

BMC_Genealogy

Solid black

The destination CI is a clone of the source CI. For more information about BMC_Genealogy relationships, see the BMC Atrium CMDB Data Model Help.

To change line colors and styles, click Options in the toolbar to open the Options dialog box.

Related topics

BMC Atrium Core queries
BMC Atrium Explorer and building queries
Creating queries with folding rules
Finding BMC Atrium CMDB data

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