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Procedures: Using the Asset Management Features

This section contains procedures that demonstrate how to use the Message Analyzer asset collection download, auto-syncing, and sharing features for tasks that you are likely to perform on a consistent basis. Also included is a procedure that shows how to manually configure an asset collection for update synchronization.

Procedure Overviews
A brief description of each procedure is included here for review, as follows:

Download and Auto-Sync Asset Collections — provides an example of how to download an asset collection once without synchronizing it for updates; how to set a selected asset collection for auto-syncing updates; and how to synchronize all asset collections for updates.

Share Local Library Items on a File Share — provides an example of how to export and import user Library collection items for mutual sharing and collaboration with others.

Manually Configure Asset Collection Update Synchronization on a User Feed — shows how to manually configure an asset collection for update synchronization on a user-configured feed.

Download and Auto-Sync Asset Collections

This example demonstrates how to download default Library asset collections and how to auto-sync these collections for updates.

To download an asset collection

  1. From the Start menu, Start page, or taskbar of your computer, click the Microsoft Message Analyzer icon to start Message Analyzer.

  2. Open the Asset Manager dialog by clicking the global Message Analyzer Tools menu and then click the Asset Manager menu item.

  3. In the Asset Manager dialog, click the Downloads tab (if it is not already selected) to display any asset collections that are not auto-synced, as indicated by the server download status icon to the right of the asset collection you want to download.

  4. Click the server download status icon for an unsynced item collection to display the Item Download Options dialog.

  5. In the Item Download Options dialog, select the Download once and don’t automatically update option and then click OK to exit the dialog and display the Select Items to Import dialog.

  6. In the Select Items to Import dialog, accept the default selection of the Use Existing Categories check box, or optionally deselect this check box and specify the Library category in which to place collection items by clicking the Add to Category drop-down list and selecting a category.

  7. In the Select Items to Import dialog, select the items and/or categories that contain the items you want to download.

  8. Click OK to exit the Select Items to Import dialog.

  9. Open the local Library that corresponds to the type of asset collection you downloaded and observe that the Library is populated with the items you selected and in the category you specified.

To auto-sync an asset collection

  1. From the Start menu, Start page, or taskbar of your computer, click the Microsoft Message Analyzer icon to start Message Analyzer.

  2. Click the Downloads tab in the Asset Manager dialog to display any asset collections that are not auto-synced, as indicated by the server download status icon to the right of a target asset collection.

  3. Click the server download status icon for the asset collection that you want to auto-sync for updates, to display the Item Download Options dialog.

  4. In the Item Download Options dialog, select the Automatically sync item updates when available option and then click OK to exit the dialog.

    The asset collection that you auto-synced is removed from the Downloads tab and reappears on the Settings tab with the auto-sync status icon displaying to the right of the collection. The auto-synced state indicates that the asset collection in your Message Analyzer installation will be periodically and automatically refreshed with updates as they become available.

  5. To auto-sync all item collections that are currently displayed on the Downloads tab in the Asset Manager, click the Sync All Displayed Items button.

    The asset collections that you auto-synced are removed from the Downloads tab and reappear on the Settings tab with the auto-sync status icon displaying to the right of each collection.

    Note  When you click the Sync All Displayed Items button on the Downloads tab to set all asset collections to the auto-sync state, this includes all OPN Parser packages.

Share Local Library Items on a File Share

This example shows how to export Filter items as an asset collection from the centralized Filter Expression Library to a user-configured file share or other designated location to share these items directly with other users. This example also specifies how users can retrieve the asset collections that you post to such a designated location.

To export a Filter asset collection

  1. From the Start menu, Start page, or taskbar of your computer, click the Microsoft Message Analyzer icon to start Message Analyzer.

  2. Optionally, load a saved trace file into Message Analyzer through a Data Retrieval Session.

  3. In the View Filter Tool Window, click the Library drop-down list to expose the Library collection items and management features.

  4. In the Library drop-down list, click the Manage Filters item to open the Manage Filter dialog.

  5. In the Manage Filter dialog, select the collection items and/or Library categories that contain the items you want to export for sharing by placing a check mark in the appropriate check boxes.

  6. Click the Export button on the toolbar of the Manage Filter dialog to open the Save Library dialog.

  7. In the Save Library dialog, enter a name for the asset collection in the Title text box and the collection author in the Author text box. Optionally, add Description and Organization information.

  8. Click the Save button to exit the Save Library dialog and to display the Select Library Location... dialog, from where you can navigate to the file share location where you intend to post the asset collection.

  9. After you specify a File name for the asset collection, click the Save button to exit the Select Library Location... dialog, at which time your asset collection is posted to the file share location.

    Note  Ensure that users have your file share location information and appropriate permissions to access the share or other location.

To import a Filter asset collection

  1. From the Start menu, Start page, or taskbar of your computer, click the Microsoft Message Analyzer icon to start Message Analyzer.

  2. Optionally, load a saved trace file into Message Analyzer through a Data Retrieval Session.

  3. In the View Filter Tool Window, click the Library drop-down list to expose the Library collection items and management features.

  4. In the Library drop-down list, click the Manage Filters item to open the Manage Filter dialog.

  5. In the Manage Filter dialog, click the Import button on the toolbar to display the Select Library to Open... dialog, from where you can navigate to the file share that contains the shared asset collection.

  6. Select the *.asset file that corresponds to the target asset collection and then click the Open button to exit the Select Library to Open dialog and to open the Select Items to Import dialog.

  7. In the Select Items to Import dialog, accept the default selection of the Use Existing Categories check box, or optionally deselect this check box and specify the Library category in which to place collection items, by clicking the Add to Category drop-down list and selecting a category.

  8. In the Select Items to Import dialog, select the collection items and/or categories that contain the items you want to import.

  9. Click OK to exit the Select Items to Import dialog and populate your View Filter Library with the items you selected.

Manually Configure Asset Collection Update Synchronization on a User Feed

This example describes the process that you must follow to manually synchronize an asset collection for updates on a user-configured feed that points to a file share or other location where the collection is posted.

To perform manual asset update synchronization

  1. From the Start menu, Start page, or taskbar of your computer, click the Microsoft Message Analyzer icon to start Message Analyzer.

  2. In the Asset Manager dialog, which is accessible from the global Message Analyzer Tools menu, click the Settings tab to display the list of Subscribed Feeds.

  3. Click the link under the feed name containing the asset collection that you want to update, to display the *.asset and *.metadata files for the collection that exists at the feed location.

  4. For the asset collection that you intend to update, right-click the *.metadata file and select the Open With context menu item so that you can specify an XML editor or the Visual Studio application to open the file.

  5. In the opened metadata file, copy the GUID in the <UniqueId> or <GroupId> tag and store it in a temporary location.

  6. Close the file and exit the editor application.

  7. In the Message Analyzer user interface, locate the Library that contains the collection items you want to share with other users on your feed, click the Library drop-down list, and then select the Manage <LibraryName> item.

  8. In the Manage <LibraryName> dialog, select the collection items you want to include in the update and then click Export to display the Save Library dialog.

  9. In the Save Library dialog, specify values for Title and Author, and optionally provide a Description and Organization information.

  10. Click Save to exit the Save Library dialog and to display the Select Library Location... dialog, from where you can navigate to the feed location. Note that you will be overwriting an existing collection when you click Save.

  11. Enter the asset collection Title that you specified in the Save Library dialog as the File name for the collection in the Select Library Location... dialog.

  12. Click Save to exit the Select Library Location... dialog.

  13. Click Close to exit the Manage <LibraryName> dialog.

  14. On the Settings tab in the Asset Manager dialog, click the link beneath the feed name that will contain your updated asset collection.

  15. Right-click the *.metadata file and *.asset file for the update collection, and then do the following:

    • Select the Open command to open the files.

    • Paste the GUID that you obtained from step 5 into the <UniqueId/> and <GroupId/> tags in each file.

    • Incrementally increase the <Revision/> tag value in each file with a new matched value to indicate that a revision is available to users.

    • Save the changes and close each file.

  16. Inform users that you have an update that they can download if they are subscribed to your feed, which should appear on the Downloads tab in the Asset Manager dialog of the user’s Message Analyzer installation.

Users should then be able to use the download or auto-sync option in the Item Download Options dialog, as described in Auto-Syncing Asset Collections and OPN Parser Packages, to update their local Library with the latest version of your asset collection. After users update a Library, the collection items should appear in the Library under a category name that matches the feed name.

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