Creating Custom Properties

You can create properties with one or more values that can be assigned to compute instances. This allows you to filter the list of compute instances by specific property/value pairs.

For example, you might want to identify all compute instances that are associated with a development environment and others that are associated with operations. You can create a property called "Environment" and two values, "dev" and "prod".

  1. Navigate to Inventory.

  2. Click Applications > Manage Custom Properties.

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  3. Click Add Custom Property, enter the property name, and then click Apply.

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    The name of the property displays on the Inventory page, in place of "Applications". For example, if you named the property Environment, that name will now display at the top of the column previously labeled "Applications".

  4. Click plus sign next to the new property name to add a value to the property.

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  5. Enter a name for the property value and click Create.

    You can create multiple property values at one time by entering a comma-separated list or pressing Enter after each value. Enter them individually or paste them in bulk.

  6. To assign compute instances to the value, do one of the following:

    • Select the instances, grab them, and then drag and drop them on the property value.

    • Select the instances, right-click over them, click Set Custom Properties from the drop-down, and type in a new value or choose an existing value.

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    A message displays at the bottom of the page stating the number of instances copied and the properties to which they were assigned.

  8. Click Save.

    You must save to be sure the display updates properly.

  9. To see the compute instances assigned to a property value, select the property value.

    The following changes occur in the UI:

    • The Calculate button text changes, indicating you can calculate dependencies for just the selected property value.

    • The property and value display as a filter above the compute instances list.

    • The compute instances list displays only the instances associated with the selected property value.

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Tip

Be sure to Save your changes before navigating away from the page.