Using Custom Fields

Custom fields allow you to add structured information to your resources which you can then use to help you find and manage them more effectively.

For example, you could identify all hosts with their physical location, for instance, or label the cost centre and applications running on all of your virtual machines. You simply add a custom field to a server, VM or any other resource in the pool, then give it a value. You can then use custom field values when building search queries.

Custom fields are shared at the pool level. Setting a custom field of any resource in a pool makes it available to all other resources in the pool, on the General tab and in the Custom Fields tab of the resource’s Properties dialog box.

In the Navigation pane, click Organization Views and then select Objects by Custom Field to see your managed resources by the custom fields.

To create a new custom field

  1. In the Resources pane, select any resource, click on the General tab and then click Properties.
  2. On the Custom Fields tab, click Edit Custom Fields.
  3. Click Add , type a name for the custom field and select the field type.
  4. Click OK to apply your changes.

To assign a value to a custom field on a resource

  1. In the Resources pane, select the resource and click on the General tab and then click Properties.
  2. On the Custom Fields tab in the Properties dialog box, enter a value for the custom field(s).
  3. Click OK.

The General tab for the resource displays all the Custom Fields set for that resource.

To delete a custom field

  1. In the Resources pane, select the resource and click on the General tab and then click Properties.
  2. On the Custom Fields tab in the Properties dialog box, click Edit Custom Fields.
  3. Select the custom field in the list and then click Delete.
  4. Click Yes to confirm.