How to create custom data classes using CMDB Solution 6.5


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Custom data classes can be created by using CMDB Solution. These can be assigned to out of box resources or to custom resources to add new fields for data.

The following instructions describe how to create custom data classes. Other related articles are also referenced, as the user may also need to create custom resources, Data Connector Import Rules and custom reports.

  1. In an Altiris Console, click on the Configuration tab.
  2. Click to open the folders Resource Settings > Data Classes > User Defined.
  3. Right click on the User Defined folder and choose New > Editable Data Class.
  4. In the Name field, enter a name for the custom data class. For example, Camera Details.
  5. By default, the custom data class will appear in the resource's General tab. Change the Data Entry Tab Name field to be any default that that is desired.
  6. Click on the Add New Attribute button.
  7. In the Name field, enter the attribute's name. For example, Megapixel Size.
  8. Enter remaining attribute details. For example, Type can be set to Static List, with items that are 5 MP, 8 MP, 10 MP, 12 MP, None.
  9. Click on the OK button when finished editing the attribute details.
  10. Click on the Add New Attribute button to add any additional ones.
  11. Click on the Create button. Note: Many items in attributes are no longer able to be edited and changed after the data class is first saved. Ensure that this is set up correctly before doing so, otherwise it becomes difficult later, after data is entered into the custom data class, to change this to attributes that are different. Information on how to do this can be found here:

    How to change custom data class attributes after they have been saved

    Note: While the above article is for Data Connector 7.x, the instructions are still relevant but with slightly different user interface instructions for Connector Solution 6.5.
  12. Add the custom data class to a custom resource or out of box resource.

    a. In an Altiris Console, under Resource Settings (steps 1 and partially 2), click to open the Resource Types folder.
    b. Find and click on the resource (whether this is out of box or custom) to add the custom data classes to.
    c. Click on the Add Data Classes button.
    d. In the Items Selector window, click to select any custom data classes to add.
    e. Click on the Apply button.
  13. Click on the resource's Apply button.

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