Predefined configuration item types (also known as predefined resource types) are the templates that define what data is created and stored about a specific configuration item.
Asset Management Suite provides predefined configuration item types for many types of assets. You can add custom fields to the predefined configuration item types. You can also create new configuration item types, if required. However, Symantec recommends that you use predefined configuration item types, because different features and reports are available for the predefined configuration item types.
Table: Predefined configuration item types of Asset Management Solution
An accounting code contains an ID number and a description that corresponds with a budgetary division, such as a department or division. You can associate the accounting code with the cost items to help you allocate expenses to resources, such as computers and purchase orders.
You use a cost type item to specify a type of expense. For example, you can designate cost types as an external purchase, external support, internal support, or contract. Cost type items let you logically group expenses. Cost type attributes affect depreciation values, group allocation, and other reporting areas.
By default, Asset Management Suite defines no currency types or currency rates. It provides a single, non-defined base currency for all monetary entries. Symantec recommends that you define your base currency so that you can use the currency convertor. Symantec recommends that you set the rate of the base currency to 1.00. You then set other currencies to their respective exchange rates as they compare to the base currency.
The depreciation schedule lets you specify the rates and the dates that are associated with depreciating assets and other resource items. You create the depreciation schedule items that correspond to your depreciation expense strategies. When you create a depreciation schedule item, you enter attributes, such as description, depreciation type, and rate. You can use these items and attributes to generate the reports that are associated with the assets and depreciation.
A cost item is an expense that relates to or adds value to a resource.
Includes the predefined Server, Test, and Workstation types to let you specify what type of function or role a computer has. You determine the computer type when you edit or create a new computer configuration item.
The power sources that the network uses and that are intended to be associated with UPS configuration items.
Network resource racks. You can specify which network resources are included in each rack.
The functions that support one or more business areas. For example, the Service configuration item type lets you manage the information about your email service. Email service consists of several components such as Active Directory, Exchange Server, and Web Mail. Each of these components might be located on a separate server. When you set up the email service in the Symantec Management Console, you first create the systems that support this service. After you create the systems, you create the Service and in the Create configuration item window, under Supporting Systems, you add all related systems. When you then receive an incident that is related to the email service, you can use the Resource Association Diagram to track down the problem. The Resource Association Diagram lets you quickly view all the components that are connected to this particular service.