Managing channels

Channels are small, self-contained pieces of content that are displayed on various pages throughout BMC Discovery. For example, the “Infrastructure” page is composed of several channels, including the Infrastructure Summary channel and a channel displaying Virtualization and Partitioning General Reports. The Channels page enables you to edit existing channels and create new ones.

Dashboards, which are displayed on the home page, are made up of user-configurable sets of channels. You can see which dashboards are available by clicking the Available Dashboards icon in the dynamic toolbox on the Home page. To view a dashboard, select it from the displayed list.

There are a variety of types of content available for use in channels. For example, you can configure video content, web feeds, and RSS feeds, in addition to the standard BMC Discovery reports. For more information on dashboards and channels, see Using and customizing dashboards 

and Custom reporting

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The following topics are covered in this section:

To view the channels page

To view the Channels page, From the main menu, click the Administration iconThe Administration page displays. From the Model section, click Channels.The page shows a list of channels.
 

  • Name—Displays a channel name.
  • Description—Displays a description for the channel.
  • Content—Displays the summary of what the channel contains.
  • Actions—Displays actions to be performed on the channel:
    • Preview—Click to view the content of the channel.
    • Edit—Click to edit the channel definition. This is only shown for channels which can be edited. For example, you cannot edit a built in chart.
    • Delete—Click to delete the channel definition. This is only shown for channels which you have created.

Adding a new channel

You can add various types of channels using this page:

To add a report channel

You can add a report channel that contains standard BMC Discovery reports. To do this:

  1. From the Channels page, click Add Report Channel.
    The Add Report Channel page is displayed:

    The Add Report Channel page displays the following fields:

    Field Name

    Details

    Name

    Enter the name for the channel. The name can only contain alphanumeric, underscore, and period characters.

    Title

    Enter the title to be displayed in the channel header

    Description

    Enter a description of the channel. It is displayed when editing the channel.

    Reports

    Select the reports to add to the channel from the list of available reports. Move the selected reports to or from the Selected Reports list using the left or right arrows. Reorder the reports in the Selected Reports list using the up or down arrows.

  2. Select Apply to create the channel or Cancel to discard the changes and return to the channels page.

To add a summary channel

You can add a summary channel that shows node counts for selected node kinds. To do this:

  1. From the Channels page, click Add Summary Channel.
    The Add Summary Channel page displays the following fields:

    Field Name

    Details

    Name

    Enter the name for the channel. The name can only contain alphanumeric, underscore, and period characters.

    Title

    Enter the title to be displayed in the channel header

    Description

    Enter a description of the channel. It is displayed when editing the channel.

    Image

    Select the image to be displayed for the channel

    Node Kinds

    Select the node kinds to add to the channel from the list of available node kinds. Move the selected node kinds to or from the Selected Node Kinds list using the left or right arrows. Reorder the node kinds in the selected list using the up or down arrows.

  2. Select Apply to create the channel or Cancel to discard the changes and return to the channels page.

To add a video channel

You can add a video channel that contains the video. To do this:

  1. From the Channels page, click Add Video Channel.
    The Add Video Channel page displays the following fields:

    Field Name

    Details

    Name

    Enter the name for the channel. The name can only contain alphanumeric, underscore, and period characters.

    Title

    Enter the title to be displayed on UI

    Description

    Enter a description of the channel. It is displayed when editing the channel.

    HTTP URL

    Enter the URL for the video source

  2. Select Apply to save the changes or Cancel to discard the changes and navigate back to the channels page.

To add an RSS channel

You can add an RSS channel that contains RSS feeds. To do this:

  1. From the Model section, click Channels.
  2. Click Add RSS Channel.
    The Add RSS Channel page displays the following fields:

    Field Name

    Details

    Name

    Enter the name for the channel. The name can only contain alphanumeric, underscore, and period characters.

    Title

    Enter the title to be displayed on UI

    Description

    Enter a description of the channel. It is displayed when editing the channel.

    HTTP URL

    Enter the URL for the RSS feed

    Render Description

    Select this checkbox to render the description

  3. Select Apply to save the changes or Cancel to discard the changes and navigate back to the channels page.

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