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Creating a custom configuration item type

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Asset Management Suite provides predefined configuration item types (also known as resource types) for many types of assets.

See Predefined configuration item types

If the predefined configuration item types do not meet all your requirements, you can define custom configuration item types. You can create the custom configuration item types in the following ways:

Customize the predefined configuration item types.

You customize the predefined configuration item types if they do not fully meet your requirements. For example, for some assets you might have information that cannot be stored in the existing data classes of the predefined configuration item types. In this situation you can define and add custom data classes and custom configuration item association types to the predefined configuration item types.

Create new configuration item types.

You can create new configuration item types if the predefined item types are insufficient to represent the items in your environment. Symantec recommends that when you create a new configuration item type, you specify a base configuration item type for it. The new configuration item type inherits the data classes, associations, and functionality from the base configuration item type. To extend the definition of the base configuration item type, you add custom data classes and custom resource association types to it.

Table: Process for creating a custom configuration item type

Step

Action

Description

Step 1

Create a custom data class.

When the existing data classes of a configuration item type do not let you store all the information that you want, you create custom data classes.

See Creating a custom data class

Step 2

(Optional) Create a configuration item type.

You create new configuration item types only when the predefined configuration item types do no let you manage all the resources that you have in your environment.

See Creating a configuration item type

Step 3

Add a custom data class to a configuration item type.

After you create the custom data classes, you can add them to a predefined configuration item type or to a new configuration item type that you create.

See Adding a custom data class to a configuration item type

Step 4

Creating a custom configuration item association type.

For the data types that you want to link to other configuration item types, you create custom association types.

See Creating a custom configuration item association type

Step 5

Creating a virtual association

When you create an editable data class that has the attribute type Resource Foreign Key and associate it with an asset, you can create a virtual association for the asset using the data class.