Link Properties

Updated: November 19, 2010

Applies To: Opalis 6.3

Whenever a link is created in a Policy it will be configured to trigger the next object in the Policy when the previous one succeeds.

You can modify these Link Conditions as well as other properties of the Link by double-clicking the link.

To connect a link to a different object while preserving the properties that have been configured

  1. Right-click the link and click Detach.

  2. Click the target object where you want to connect the link.

To enable or disable a link

  1. Right-click the link and click Enable.

    An enabled link appears as a solid line.

    A disabled link appears as a dashed line.

General Tab

This tab contains the Name and Description properties for the link. Type the name of the link and a description for the link.

If you have enabled Show Link Labels in the Opalis Integration Server Client Configuration dialog, the contents of the Name field will be used as the link label.

Include and Exclude Tabs

Opalis Integration Server enables you to configure conditions for passing data to the following objects in the policy, according to criteria that you specify. These criteria are configurable in the Link Conditions.

Link Conditions enable you to build automatic decision-making capabilities into your Policies. For example, a Policy must stop a database server before backing it up; if the database server stops properly then the Policy will launch the backup application. If the database does not stop properly, an email is sent to the administrator to escalate the issue.

The Include tab specifies the conditions that will allow data to flow to the next object in the Policy. The Exclude tab specifies the conditions that will cause data to be excluded from the next object in the Policy. The rules on the Exclude tab will supersede the rules on the Include tab.

The rules on each tab are joined using an or condition. Only one of the conditions on a tab will need to be true for the entire tab to be true.

To add a Link Condition

  1. Double-click the link. The Link Properties dialog appears.

  2. Click the Include or Exclude tab according to the condition that you want to create.

    Click Add. A new link condition appears in the list.

  3. Click each underlined portion of the link condition and change the values to specify the Published Data, Condition, and the Value that will make up the rule.

    Link conditions that are set to Matches pattern or Does not match pattern will use regular expressions to create the pattern. For more information about regular expressions, see Regular Expressions.

  4. Click Finish.

To remove a Link Condition

  1. Click the Include or Exclude tab according to the condition that you want to delete.

  2. Select the link condition and click Remove.

  3. Click Finish.

Options Tab

You can specify different link colors on your branches to make them easier to read. For example, you can mark a Pass branch as green and a Fail branch as red to identify the difference.

To configure the Link Options

  1. Click Color and select the color of the link.

  2. Select the Width of the link line in pixels.

  3. In the Trigger delay field, type the number of seconds that the link will wait before triggering the next object in the Policy.

  4. Click Finish.