If you often using the XML criteria in SCSM (with SDK or in view with Advanced View Editor) then you can faced with two different notation used as value for properties of enumeration type (like Status, Category, Area and so on): $MPElement[Name=’’]$ and Guid format (xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx, or uniqueidentifier in T-SQL). In this article I will describe the deference and will explain why XML validation can fail when $MPElement$ notation used.
The new version of the Advanced View Editor now available! This update brings new feature for Pro version: localization for views, folders and columns. Now you able to translate view or folder name, description and column’s header without need to export management pack! Read more.
Other changes are listed below:
- Able to remove columns with missed properties. For instance, if management pack with class extension was removed.
- Properties in Code Snippets Menu are sorted
- Fixed: Issue with view with custom namespace
You can download new version here (for both Free and Pro version)
Using standard columns you can display only values from view’s fields. But what if you want to display some complex information: get values from several fields, format values or display values in with custom control? Using standard view editor this is impossible. But even in out-of-box views you can find examples of custom columns. For instance, “Incidents with Service Level Breached” view contain calculated column “Service Level Target”. This column check all target times from all SLO attached to incident and display the earliest target date.
Advanced View Editor 2 Pro allow you to add custom column. You can create your own custom columns and add it to AVE 2 Pro UI using simple template.
The new version of the AVE 2 is available. Version 2.0.1561.42 bring to live two new feature: Copy View task and ability to display information from column with same name but different type in My Work Items View.
With Copy View task you can copy any unsealed view. This feature will be useful if you need to create couple views with almost same settings (for instance views for each support group). Copy View task available on for AVE 2 Pro.
Please check the AVE 2 official page to find more information.
I’m glad to present the availability of the Advanced View Editor 2.0 Pro. You can purchase it from scsmsolutions.com with price $300 per management group.
The Advanced View Editor 2.0 Pro is add-on for Microsoft System Center 2012 – Service Manager and extend the view engine with exiting features like:
- Full Auto-Refresh of view
- My Work Items View (display information about different work items in one view)
- XML Criteria editor with Code Snippet menu
- Display data from multi-valued columns (1-to-many relationships)
- Change view settings for each user (grouping, sorting and other)
Please find more information on SCSMSolutions.com site.
As I mention before, to edit management pack with views created by AVE you need to download the MP file. I have been update links for download MP. Now you can always download the latest version of the AVE MP here:
All actual information about downloading the MP file for AVE 2.0 you can find on main site.
At the moment with AVE you can use two different way to set criteria: by Criteria Builder (standard component of the SCSM 2012) and with XML Editor (basic text editor). The reason of using two different ways is simple: Criteria Builder allow you to add criteria fast and without knowledge of XML but is has many limitations and in some case working not as expected.
New version of the Advanced View Editor fro SCSM 2012 is available on TechNet Gallery. Current version number: 2.0.1561.24.
Bug with date\time format for US UI settings and non-US regional settings
Exception raised if “check new data and display refresh bar” option is turned on
To fix affected view just open view for edit with new version and save it .
Steps to update management pack:
- Download new version from TechNet Gallery
- Import downloaded management pack to SCSM
One of the most “most voted” feature of the SCSM 2012 is the My Work Items. The problem is what you can create view targeted to WorkItem (or type projections targeted to WorkItem class) but in this case you can use properties only from WorkItem class (and parent classes). But most properties like Status, Categoty and so on are stored in child classes like Incident, ChangeRequest and other.
First feature of the AVE 2.0 Pro version: Auto-Refresh.