Viewing summary list pages

When you run a search or a report, summary information is displayed in the form of a list.

Objects of different kinds

If objects of several different kinds are returned as the result of a search (for example, when searching for any attribute that contains the word "discovery"), the page that is displayed lists the number of objects of each kind, as shown in the following illustration. Click any listed object kind to display summary details of all objects of that kind.

Objects of one kind

If objects of one kind are returned as the result of a search, they are listed in summary form. Only the Summary attributes of each object are listed. The number of matching items is displayed at the top of the list.

To filter a column

When you are viewing a result set, you can filter individual columns to display different subsets of the full list. Filtering enables you to easily refine the results from any result set for any displayed column. You can apply this filtering method to any column in the BMC Discovery UI that contains the column filter icon in the column header. You can also filter results sets that have already been filtered.

  1. Select a result set in BMC Discovery.
  2. Click the Filter Column icon in any column.
    A window shows up to ten of the most frequent values for the selected column. If more than ten values are present in the column, as in the following example, a filtered subset named Others is displayed.
  3. Select the results that you want to show, and click that filtered link.
    The results are displayed for that filtered selection.

To chart a column

When you are viewing a result set in BMC Discovery, you can chart data directly from any column in that result set. Charting enables you to view a graphical representation of the data in any column, showing the frequency of the data items for that column. If the maximum number of default data points is exceeded for any type of chart, smaller items are merged to form an Others section in that chart. The limit for all three chart types is 20 data points. For a full description of BMC Discovery reporting capabilities, see Managing reporting.

  1. Select a result set in BMC Discovery.
  2. Click the Column Chart icon in any column.
    A window appears, displaying the list of available charts (currently set for pie, bar, and column charts).
  3. Select the type of chart you want to show, and click that chart link.
    The results are displayed for that chart (for example, the Pie Chart result for the Hardware Vendor column, as shown in the following illustration).

What you can do from a summary list page

  • If the displayed list extends over multiple pages, you can navigate through the list using the arrow buttons to display next and previous pages. You can enter the number of a page and click Go to display that page. If you enter a signed number, such as +3 or -5, you can move forward or back the specified number of pages.
  • You can sort the items in the list by clicking the column heading you want to sort by. Items are sorted in ascending order; click again to re-sort in descending order.
  • You can select one or more items and add them to the basket.
  • Certain items allow you to perform specific actions, for example:
    • Rescan a host.
    • Select hosts to generate a Host Information Document.
    • Rescan a discovery access.
    • Rerun a discovery run.
    • View a software context for selected items.
  • Click any entry in the list to display the relevant View Object page. See Using View Object pages.
  • If a list page is the result of a search, you can refine the search to reduce the number of items returned. See Searching for datas for more information.
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