BMC Atrium Discovery enables you to view object dependencies in graphical format. The term Dependency Visualizations has been chosen to reflect the capabilities of this feature; you can visualize relationships that are not tree structures.
When viewing either a single node or multiple node groups, a Visualization menu is shown.
There are many different types of visualization available for viewing each object. If you click any of the types here, a pictorial representation of the object dependencies is displayed. See Types of Visualization for more details. It is also possible to create custom made Dependency Visualizations on your system using a configuration file. See Configuring dependency visualizations for more information.
When viewing a result set containing multiple nodes, a visualization is displayed with multiple root nodes; one for each node in the result set. Opening a visualization on many nodes at once may be slow; for this reason you are asked for confirmation if you attempt to do this on more than 20 nodes.
To see details of why two hosts are communicating, right-click the edge between them, and choose the only menu option, Show Communication Details.
Several controls and a legend are provided to enable you to work with dependency visualizations:
In addition to the control panels, further options are available through a menu which is displayed by right clicking on a node:
An observed communication link also has a popup menu which is displayed by right clicking on it. This allow the user to see the Communication Summary between two nodes that are communicating.
The diagram is initially centered in the page. If a large number of dependencies are shown you may have to use the zoom facility or the pan up, down, left and right arrows to view the entire visualization. The zoom and pan controls are displayed in the top-left corner of the screen. This panel includes zoom in and out functions and a thumbnail version of the dependency visualization selected.
The layout controls provide the ability to display the dependency visualization in four layout styles; Circular, Hierarchical, Orthogonal and Symmetric. The layout shown in the example at the top of this page is the Hierarchical layout.
Nodes can be rearranged by clicking on them and dragging them to a new location. Multiple nodes can be selected and dragged together. The icon on the far right of the layout row, seperated by a |, is the Incremental Layout tool. This re-displays the visualization to fit on screen, respecting where you have re-arranged your nodes.
Each visualization also resizes if the window is resized.
The Printing & Export Controls area in the side panel of the screen for each dependency visualization provides a drop-down dialog where you can print or save the current whole image view at any time.
The available paper size options are A0, A1, A2, A3, A4, Letter, and ANSI B - F. Once you have selected your paper size, click the Print/Export button and a new screen is displayed from where you can select your printer.
The following method can be used to export your visualization:
There are a list of the icons and their meanings in the side panel for everything that appears in the dependency visualization. The legend also displays all the Manual Group labels that are being displayed in the visualization.
The node that is the root of the visualization, that is, the one from which the visualization was launched, or on which it was re-centered, is highlighted with an orange box. For an example of a multiple root node visualization, see Multiple Root Node Visualizations.