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Linked CIs object Service Model “BDI” on Service Model CMS


I have created a BDI Adapter to get data from an ORACLE DB residing on
another system.
I used BSCM for generate new element Service Models BDI. I linked CIs
object Service Model “BDI” on Service Model CMS but they are read-only.

IS it possible to link CIs object Service Model “BDI” on Service Model
CMS so that the objects will be available on the editing of a CMS NOC
Web console? What should be done to ensure that they can be editable
through the CMS NOC Web console?


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Re: Linked CIs object Service Model “BDI” on Service Model CMS


The BDI adapter does not provide bi-directional capability out of the
box, by that I mean, you can not update data on a BDI adapter and have
it automatically update the database. Since you are linking the BDI
elements to the view, that is why they are read-only. You can create
custom right-clicks that go back and update the database, but I'm not
sure that is what will solve your current question/problem.

Since most adapters bring in many bits of information (IE: element
properties), when building out a Service Model, many times only specific
groups of elements are required and even specific attributes (element
properties). The way this is done is you set up a meta model property
page to target specific attributes (properties) to specific elements
within the service model. This is where it gets a bit more complicated
and requires some design/implementation decisions.

If you make the properties spelled the same as the ones on the BDI
adapter, you can just use a checkbox in BSCM to automatically populate
the service model with the attributes. Problem is, if you re-run the
BSCM job, any manual updates you may have done on the elements will most
likely get overwritten (IE: old attribute/property values will get set
again).

If you make them different spelling or case, you will need a script to
populate them attribute/properties. Sometimes this is better since it
provides more granular control (IE: if field is empty, populate it, or
pull one field from one adapter and the other field comes from a
different adapter (ie: trusted source of data).

There are ways to make these "editable", but a much longer set of
requirements and use cases need to be understood before a more specific
direction (ie: configuration) can be established.


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Re: Linked CIs object Service Model “BDI” on Service Model CMS


You must have misunderstood me. I have an external system (inventory
database computer equipment) that I want a one-time transfer data using
the BDI adapter. It is necessary that the user will have the ability to
edit the data, fill in the blanks using the CMS NOC. In the future we
plan to enter data on computer equipment with NOC CMS.


I used BSCM for generate element in new Service Models . I linked
CIs object this Service Model on Service Model CMS but they are
read-only.

IS it possible to link CIs object other Service Model on Service
Model CMS so that the objects will be available on the editing of a CMS
NOC Web console? What should be done to ensure that they can be editable
through the CMS NOC Web console?


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Re: Linked CIs object Service Model “BDI” on Service Model CMS


I think we are close then.

1) create a BDI into the inventory system (sounds like this is done).
2) create custom property pages under Administration/Metamodel to mimic
the properties coming in from the inventory database. The properties
will be pointed at the CI's being created with BSCM in the CMS
3) set up BSCM to 'create' elements under the appropriate CMS
community... do not link Inventory elements from BDI adapter, create
real elements (CI's).
4) use check box to copy properties from structure elements. (If you
create the custom property pages right, the values will be copied from
the inventory elements).
5) turn off BDI adapter.

This should bring it all in, populate it and then allow edits from
within CMS going forward. There are probably other things that you can
do, but this is a good guideline for the steps that I would take to set
this up.


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All these steps I've already done. How then to move the relationship
from the BDI adapter?


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All these steps I've already done. How then to move the relationship
from the BDI adapter?


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It is also necessary to relationship displayed to users of CMS NOC.


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Re: Linked CIs object Service Model “BDI” on Service Model CMS


Relationships are different than what we have been talking about, we are
talking about an initial population of CMS, setting properties, etc.
For relationships/dependencies, you need to use the other section in
BSCM. I think we already discussed this in ' this other forum thread '
(http://forums.novell.com/netiq/netiq-product-discussion-forums/operations-center/oc-mapping/454503-how-move-relationship-dbi-adapter-service-models.html).


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Re: Linked CIs object Service Model “BDI” on Service Model CMS


But for every Community to create your BSCM generator, and the
relationship can come out of a one Community.


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There are ways to make relationships go across communities. I think it
might be a good time to get consulting involved to understand the full
requirements and propose the solution.


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Re: Linked CIs object Service Model “BDI” on Service Model CMS


Thanks for your help. At this stage we are not interested consulting
from a third company.


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Re: Linked CIs object Service Model “BDI” on Service Model CMS


One other thought. Instead of creating actual
relationships/dependencies in the BDI adapter, you might look at
creating a different branch on the BDI called Relationships or
Dependencies. From here, do a generator and an alarm query. The alarm
query will grab all the relationship details, but for now, just keep it
within an alarm and not produce actual relationships. The alarm needs
just a few details... source element, destination element, type of
relationship and a key (usually source + dest + type). Then generate
on the source field for organization purposes.

The next step is to add this to an existing BSCM job, just use the
other dependency type (I think generator instead of consumer). You just
need to point it at the BDI branch with the alarms, then the different
field type (source, destination and type). What is interesting is, you
can adjust where in the service model it looks for elements, where it
hooks the relationships, etc. Sometimes this provides a little more
options in configuring. You may need to keep the source tree low in
the service model, but move the destination side up higher (IE: above
all communities).

Sorry, this is a bit advanced and not easily presented within a forum
unless I completely draw this out, but hopefully you get the idea.


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