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Performing an advanced CI search

Use the advanced CI search to perform a search of the BMC Atrium CMDB, based on CI type. You can refine the search by providing more specific search criteria from a set of selection fields.

When you search the Computer System CI class, the advanced search feature provides a further set of search criteria that you can use to conduct searches at the component level. For example, you can search for all computer systems running a specific patch or for all computer systems running Microsoft Windows 2000.

When you finish performing your search, the results appear in an on-screen table. You can generate and then print a high-level report of one or more of the CIs found during the search.


On the Advanced CI search dialog, you cannot search for CI records that have the status as Delete. To view a list of CIs with status as Delete, on the Asset Management console, choose Filter by -> Defined Searches -> By Computer by Status -> Delete.

CIs with status as Delete are displayed when

  • You search the asset form
  • You choose Application Administration Console -> Custom Configuration -> Asset Management -> Advanced Options -> CI Deletion.

To perform an advanced CI search

  1. In the navigation pane of the Asset Management console, choose Functions > Manage CIs.
  2. In the Manage CI Information dialog box, click Advanced Search.
  3. In the CI Advanced Search dialog box, select the applicable CI type.
    For example, if you want to search for a LAN Endpoint, expand the Access Point menu item, and then select LAN Endpoint.
    You can click Search to find all the items that match the selected CI type, or you can narrow the search by providing more specific search criteria. Continue with step 4 if you are providing more specific search criteria; otherwise, go to step 5.


    Broad searches can take a long time to complete. They can also create performance issues for your system. BMC recommends that you provide more specific search criteria.


    If you selected a Computer System CI type, an extended list of specific search criteria appears that enables you to search at the system component level.

  4. In the Search Criteria for ciType area, provide the search criteria and then click Search.
    To narrow your search results, provide as much information in this area as possible.
  5. To perform a task on one of the CIs, in the CI Search Results table, locate and then select the appropriate CI.
  6. Perform one or more of the tasks described in the following table.


    Step or steps to perform the task

    View the details of a specific CI.

    Click View.
    The CI form opens with the details of the selected CI.

    View related CIs.

    Click Explore CI.
    BMC Atrium Explorer appears, with the details of the related CIs.

    Create a high-level report.

    Click CI Report.
    A window appears containing a high-level report of the selected CIs.

    To print the report, click the print icon in the report window.
    A copy of the report is sent to your system's default printer.

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