Managing device menus

You can create specific menu items for devices. After being defined, these can be called and executed on any device which is part of your system. The menu items are created under a new menu section called Customized Menus, which is appended to the regular pop-up menu for a device. This section is only available for pop-up menus called in the left window pane.

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You can create menu items for the following different types of operations to be executed on the selected device:

  • launching an executable file
  • opening a web page
  • defining a command line to be executed

Note

You need the Manage Direct Access capability to be able to see and use these custom menus.

The device menu list displays the following information:

Column

Description

Name

This column lists all the menu items defined for the personalized device menu.

Value

These fields display the respective action that is to be taken when calling the menu item, such as for example, <installation path>/calc.exe to launch the calculator.

Creating a device menu

Individual actions and operations can be added to the pop-up-menu of a device when called in the left window pane.

  1. Select Global Settings> System Variables in the left window pane.
  2. Select the Device Menu tab in the right window pane.
  3. Select Edit> Create Device Menu .
    The Properties window appears.
  4. Enter the data into their respective boxes:

    Parameter

    Data

    Name

    Enter a short descriptive name for the action this menu item is to execute, for example, Registry Editor.

    Value

    Enter the value for the action to execute in this text box, which depends on the type of the menu. For example to run the calculator enter the path to the executable file, <installation path>/calc.exe, or

    http://\

    {DeviceName}:<port number> to launch a web page.The following device attributes, which are case sensitive and must always be enclosed in braces ({}), can be used for all types of device menus, but they are not mandatory. These attributes will then be replaced by the real value of each device, for example, ping {IPAddress} will be translated to ping 192.196.1.1 for a device with that IP address. DeviceName HttpPort IPAddress NetworkName NetbiosName MACAddress HostID AssetTag PrimaryUser

    Menu Type

    In this drop-down box the type of the menu, possible values are: Command Line to execute a command line, Executable to launch a program via its executable file on the selected device and HTTP to open a specific web page on the device.

  5. Click OK to confirm the new menu item.
    The new device menu item was created.

Deleting a device menu

  1. Select Global Settings > System Variables in the left window pane.
  2. Select the Device Menu tab in the right window pane.
  3. Select the device menu to be deleted in the right window pane.
  4. Select Edit > Delete Device Menu .
    The Properties window appears. The menu item is directly deleted from the list and database.
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