5.2 Defining Groups

Group Element definitions create static folder objects within the adapter element hierarchy. These folders typically act as parent containers to Database Elements or Defining Dynamic Groups (Generator Elements).

When setting up a Group Element Definition, the requirements are organized into two main tabs:

To define groups, following the instructions in these sections:

5.2.1 Creating a Group

  1. In the Definition Navigator pane, select the parent element of the new group.

  2. Click (New Group).

    A group folder is created under the selected element.

5.2.2 Specifying Basic Properties for a Group

  1. Select the Group element in the Definition Navigator pane.

    If you just created the group, it is already selected.

    In the right pane, Group is selected by default and the Definition Properties pane shows basic properties for the group:

  2. Specify a name and description for the group.

  3. Enter XML in the Hierarchy XML field.

    The Hierarchy XML text area provides support for MODL (Managed Objects Definition Language) <param> tags, custom properties, and other tags that are valid with a MODL <generator> tag. You should know the XML syntax for what you want to accomplish.

    MODL is an XML-based markup language used to create HierarchyFiles for Operations Center. The HierarchyFile reflects both the nature of information received from a management system and the processing logic of the Operations Center system.

    For more information about MODL and the HierarchyFile, see Using the HierarchyFilein the Operations Center 5.5 Adapter and Integration Guide.

  4. Specify a default algorithm for the group in the Custom Algorithm field.

    For more information, see the set of steps below.

  5. Specify an icon.

5.2.3 Specifying a Default Algorithm

To specify a default algorithm for the group in the Custom Algorithm field:

  1. In the group Definition Properties pane, click Edit Algorithm to open the Edit Algorithm dialog box.

  2. In the Edit Algorithm dialog box, select the Use the Default Algorithm for This Element radio button to specify no custom algorithm.

    None displays in the Custom Algorithm field in the group Definition Properties pane.

  3. To set a custom algorithm, select the Select an Alternate Algorithm radio button, then select an algorithm type from the drop-down list.

  4. Click OK to close the Edit Algorithm dialog box.

    For information on algorithms, see Using Algorithms to Calculate Element State in the Operations Center 5.5 Server Configuration Guide.