Content packs are a collection of components such as saved searches, data patterns, collection profiles, and dashboards that you can use to support a particular use case or for solving a particular issue.
Content packs also serve as a ready-made collection of components that extend the capabilities of using the BMC TrueSight IT Data Analytics product. The product provides a set of content packs that you can download from the BMC Software Electronic Product Distribution (EPD) website and start using immediately. Examples include content packs for monitoring the Oracle database logs, Citrix XenApp logs, and so on. For more information, see Supported content packs in the BMC TrueSight IT Data Analytics content packs online documentation portal (outside this space).
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You can use content packs in the following ways:
The product automatically extracts name=value pairs existing in the saved search queries as a list of macros while exporting a content pack. You can browse through list of saved searches to see the macros available. These macros are only available if the saved search query contains name=value pairs.
You can select the macros, change the values, and then export the content pack. The exported content pack will contain the new values substituted at the time of performing the export.
The macros selected at the time of performing the export can again be changed at the time of importing the content pack. However, you can only change those macros that were selected at the time of exporting the content pack.
You can customize content packs in the following ways:
The Content Packs tab allows you to manage imported content packs. To access this tab, navigate to Administration > Content Packs. From here, you can perform the following actions:
|Import Content Pack|
Import a content pack into your current BMC TrueSight IT Data Analytics instance.
|Export / Create Content Pack|
Export the selected saved searches, data patterns, and collection profiles (as a zipped file) from your current BMC TrueSight IT Data Analytics instance.
|View Content Pack||View details of the selected content pack.|
|Delete Content Pack|
Delete the selected content pack.
Before you confirm deletion of the content pack, you can view the list of components (such as saved searches, notifications, and data patterns) that are in use.
The Content Packs tab provides the following information:
|Name||The name of the imported content pack.|
|Description||The description of the imported content pack.|
Click Preview to preview the file contents.
If the components that you are trying to import already exist in the system and are in use, those components are distinguished as shown in the following screenshot:
Component conflicts while importing a content pack
If you continue to import such components, then the earlier components are overridden by the product.
Navigate to one of the following tabs to verify that the components are successfully imported:
|Data patterns||Administration > Data Patterns|
|Collection profiles||Administration > Collection Profiles|
|Saved searches||Saved Searches|
You might want to clone components imported via a content pack before actually using them. This can help you maintain a copy of the originally imported components for future reference purposes.
Name: Provide a name to identify the content pack.
BMC recommends you to use a uniform convention for providing a name for the content pack. This is important because content packs can be easily shared and customized and therefore can be difficult to maintain over time.
While deciding the naming convention, you need to ensure that the name is both easily identifiable and will not need to be changed again.
The naming convention can be decided based on various parameters. However, the most common parameters are as follows:
Description: Provide additional information such as the purpose of exporting the content pack.
Select the components (such as saved searches, data patterns, and collection profiles) that you want to export.
You can select from components that are globally available, which means available to all users or available by default, components created by you, and components imported through a content pack.
The saved searches appearing under the Self-created category are those that are created by the current user and are not shared (Make Public selection).
The saved searches appearing under the Global category are those which are shared irrespective of the users who created them.
Search for a component by entering the component name in the search box and clicking Search Components.
You can view the details of a component by clicking it.