What are views and groups?

A view is a collection of assets grouped in a user defined way. Within a view you can define groups that bundle assets together in a logical fashion, for example by type or by environment.


To create a View:

1. Select the assets tab on the side bar, then select the top three dots and select Create View.












2. Enter a name for the view, select your view type (see types below) and click Save.




Different types and what they mean:

  • The first option will allow you to set up your groups with defined rules.

  • The second groups assets together with a separate group for each source provider or probe.

  • The third option creates groups that bundle assets by provider type together, such as all Azure assets together or all Probe discovered assets together.

  • The fourth creates groups that bundle related assets together based on logical folders within the source system, for example this might be Azure Resource Groups or Milestone folders.

  • The Include ungrouped assets option creates a folder for assets that don’t conform to any of the rules you set for your groups.



To create a Group:

If you chose to create your own groups you will have the opportunity to define them after you save the view. 

           

 1.  Select the assets tab on the side bar, then select the overflow menu (3 dots) and select Create Group.




2. Enter the name for your group, you can also make it private so only you can view it, then you can create the rules for the group.





1. The first drop-down menu under the rules contains 2 options, the first is "Any of the following" that matches an asset that matches Any of the rules. The second is "All of the following" that matches an asset that matches All of the rules.

2. Under the left drop-down list, you can choose the provider that you can match against such as: Name, Type, Provider Type, vSphere Resource Pool, Azure Resource Group, vSphere Host, vSphere VM Folder, Office 365 Account.

3. Under the middle dropdown list are some rules, with options such as “starts with” or “ends with” for strings, or drop down list options for asset types.

4. The filter text box is where you enter what you want the rules to filter for.



Group properties:


1. Group properties gives you a summary of the types of assets that are in that group and the states of those assets.









2. The group properties view can also show you an assets view with all the assets in that group along with the name, type and provider they are related to. You can also view the states assets are in through the folder structure on the left.



Folder structure:

1. In the asset view the groups are displayed as a folder structure. Groups are displayed with a folder icon, while assets appear as dots or asset type specific symbols.


2. Where folders contain child assets or other folders there will be a symbol > which when clicked will display the children To View an asset, click on it and it will open the asset view that contains a summary and more.