Creating a custom configuration item association type
A configuration item association type (also known as a resource association type) lets you link resources for more convenient access to associated data. You can then easily track the data about related configuration items. A configuration item association type is a template for creating a child to parent relationship between configuration items. This association links child configuration items to a parent configuration item. You can associate a computer monitor with a computer, a cell phone with a user, and several pieces of equipment with a lease. For example, the Power to Network Resource association type represents a group of network resources that are directly connected to the power rather than covered by a backup power system (UPS).
When you create a configuration item association type, a new field appears in the child configuration item type. The field contains the list of configuration items that the parent configuration item type defines. You can associate any of them with the child configuration item type. For example, you can create a configuration item association type that links the Monitor configuration item type to the Computer configuration item type. The Monitor configuration item type includes the field with the list of computers that you can associate with the monitor.
If the predefined associations of a configuration item type do not meet all your requirements, you can create custom configuration item associations. For example, you might want to associate a contract to each of your vendors as part of the contract management. In Asset Management Suite, the default associations of a Contract configuration item type do not let you create such an association. In this case you can create a custom configuration item association type.
This task is a step in the process for creating a custom configuration item type.
To create a custom configuration item association type
In the Symantec Management Console, on the Settings menu, click All Settings.
In the left pane, expand Notification Server > Resource and Data Class Settings > Resource Associations > CMDB Association Types, right-click the folder where you want to create a custom association type, and then click New > Editable Association Type.
On the New Editable Association Type page, give the association a name and specify its details.
To create an association between a contract and a vendor, configure the details as follows:
Type Contract's Vendor, as the name of the new editable association type.
In the Reverse Display name box, type Vendor's Contracts.
For the From Type configuration item type, select Contract.
For the To Type configuration item type, select Company.
In the Minimum Cardinality box, type 0.
In the Maximum Cardinality box, type 1.
Note that when you create a new association, you can only specify the minimum cardinality and maximum cardinality from parent to child. The cardinality from child to parent is always from 0 to many, and you cannot change it.
Under Enable Editing From, check Contract, and in the drop-down list, click Resource Association Picker for Asset.
Click Save changes.
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