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Configuring custom columns [Web console]

Use Custom columns to modify column names and fields. Any column changes you make will not be seen by other users. Custom column changes appear in the My devices view.

The Web console includes a default column set with eight columns. You can't edit the default set, but you can define a custom column set to use as your default.

NOTE: It is not advisable to create custom columns in which there can be multiple field names. For example, if you were to create a Computer.Software.Package.Name field and a device had multiple packages installed, Management Suite will list only one package name per line, even if the different package names are on the same device. In this situation the All devices list will show multiple entries for the same device.

To create a custom column set
  1. In the Web console toolbox, click Administration > Preferences.
  2. Click the Custom columns tab > New.
  3. Type a name for the column set.
  4. In the top box, navigate through the folders to find the attribute you want for each column heading. Select an attribute and click Add.

    The box contains a folder structure, starting with Computer, that represents all of the inventory data currently in the database. Individual attributes have an attribute icon.

    NOTE: If you select an attribute in the database that has a 1:* relationship, you will get duplicate entries for the device. When you select attributes with a 1:1 relationship (only one possible attribute, like Computer.System.Asset Tag), you will not receive duplicate entries.

  5. To change the order of the columns, select a column heading and click Move up or Move down.
  6. To remove a column, select it and click Remove.
  7. To change the heading displayed for a column, select the heading, click Edit, make your modifications, and press Enter. The following extended characters are not supported: < , > , ' , " , !.
  8. Click OK to save the column set.
  9. To use the custom column set when you view any device list, select it and click Set as current column set on the toolbar.

NOTE: If you're using an Oracle database, make sure you select at least one attribute that is natively defined by the inventory scanner (for example, Computer.Display Name, Computer.Device Name, Computer.Device ID, Computer.Login Name, and so on).

To edit a custom column set
  1. In the Web console toolbox, click Administration > Preferences.
  2. Click the Custom columns tab.
  3. Select the custom column set and click Edit.
  4. Follow the instructions in steps 4-8 above to make changes.
  5. Click OK to save your changes.

 


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