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How to Create a Diagram View in Essentials

Updated: April 14, 2010

Applies To: System Center Essentials 2010

In System Center Essentials 2010, a Diagram view uses a template to control the layout of the information in the diagram. You can choose from an existing template or create your own template. If you choose to create your own template, you configure the layout of the view while you are creating the view.

To create a diagram view

  1. In the Essentials console, click the Monitoring button.

  2. At the bottom of the Monitoring pane, click New View , and then click Diagram View. The Create Diagram View dialog box displays.

  3. In Name, type a descriptive name for the diagram view and then type a short description in Description.

  4. Click Browse. In the Select Object dialog box, click the group that best describes the type of objects that you want to include in your Diagram view, and then click OK.

  5. Click Create your own template to design a layout for your Diagram view.

  6. If you want to accept the default settings for the Diagram view, click Create. If you want to change the default settings, continue with this procedure.

  7. On the Diagram Properties tab, type a number in Levels to show to display the number of related classes and subclasses that you want in your view. This number includes the top-level class. In Layout Direction, click the drop-down arrow to view a list of display options for the objects in your view. North South displays the objects in a vertical arrangement, and East West displays the objects side by side.

  8. Click the Object Properties tab. Click Boxes if you want to delineate your related object types and child object types by containing them in a box. You can also adjust the Nodes Per Row setting to define how many of your related object types are listed before beginning another row.

  9. On the Line Properties tab, choose the format for the lines of the boxes in your diagram by using the Containment Line settings. Choose the format for objects that are not grouped by boxes using the Non Containment Line settings. Click Create.

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