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Managing Message Analyzer Assets

Message Analyzer provides an infrastructure that enables you to download, automatically update, and manage various types of assets that you commonly use in Message Analyzer operations. Some of the assets that you can use include View Filters, Trace Scenarios, View Layouts, Color Rules, Charts, Viewpoints, OPN Parser packages, and so on. With exception of the OPN Parser packages, these assets exist in user Libraries that are accessible from various locations in the Message Analyzer user interface. You can manage these assets from the Asset Manager dialog, which is accessible from the global Message Analyzer Tools menu. In the Asset Manager dialog, you will find asset collections such as Message Analyzer Filters and Message Analyzer Charts that are included in every Message Analyzer installation, although all asset collections that appear in the Asset Manager can be synced for periodic updates from a Microsoft web service that automatically refreshes your Libraries with the latest collection items. The infrastructure also enables you to import and export asset collections or any portion thereof, from and to a user-designated file share location, respectively. You can also create your own feeds from the Asset Manager dialog. The framework that contains all these capabilities is known as the Message Analyzer Sharing Infrastructure.

What You Will Learn
In the topics of this section, you will learn how to use and manage Message Analyzer Sharing Infrastructure components, which includes how to configure automatic updates for the default asset collections provided with every Message Analyzer installation, how to download asset collections, and how to manage data feeds. You will also learn about the location and structure of the user Libraries that contain your default asset collections.

In This Section

Sharing Infrastructure — learn about the Sharing Infrastructure capabilities, Message Analyzer user Libraries, and the asset management features that are available for your use. Some of the specific features that are described in this section consist of the following:

  • Asset Manager — learn about the features of the Asset Manager dialog, the central location from where you manage asset collection downloads and updates.

  • Integrated User Libraries — learn about the common configuration of user Libraries, user Library and Sharing Infrastructure integration, user Library categorical structure, and user Library locations. The user Libraries typically contain data capture, data viewing, and data manipulation assets. For example, the Message Analyzer Charts asset collection appears in the New Viewer Library, which is accessible from the global Message Analyzer toolbar, among other locations. With the items of this Library, you can open other data viewers that characterize your data in different formats and contexts, which can change your analysis perspective and resolve issues more quickly.

  • Asset collection management — learn about the management commands and other facilities that are available from the common management dialog, for the user Libraries that contain your asset collections.

Managing Asset Collection Downloads and Updates — learn how to opt-in or opt-out of automatic updates for asset collections at first Message Analyzer startup, filter and search for asset collections, and how to download asset collections or auto-sync those collections that are not already set for automatic updates. Some of the features that you can use in the Asset Manager dialog to manage asset collections consist of status icons that provide download and update options, along with bulk synchronization features. Startup asset collection synchronization options are also described.

Managing Microsoft OPN Parser Packages — learn how to download and update various OPN Parser packages that Message Analyzer requires for normal operation. Note that you can manage OPN Parser downloads and updates with the previously mentioned status icons and synchronization options.

Managing the Default Subscriber Feed — learn about download and update processes through the default Message Analyzer subscriber feed, along with feed management options that include how to delete and restore this feed.

Creating Custom User Feeds — learn about the data feed configuration capabilities of the Sharing Infrastructure that enable you to configure and remove your own user data feeds.

Sharing Asset Collections on a User File Share — learn about how Message Analyzer enables you to share asset collections or any portion thereof with other users, for mutual collaboration and benefit.

Go To Procedures
To proceed directly to procedures that provide examples of managing Message Analyzer assets, see Procedures: Using the Asset Management Features.

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