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Use smart folders to organize your core network services data. Depending on your administrative roles and business needs, you can filter your data by object types, names, extensible attributes, and discovered data such as conflicts, unmanaged data, or the virtual entity data, and then place the filtered results in a smart folder. You can also group the filtered results by defining up to 10 extensible attributes as the Group By rules. For example, you can create a smart folder that contains all the networks you manage in Belgium, and then group the networks by building number, as illustrated in the figure below.
Once you set up a smart folder, the appliance displays up-to-date information based on your filter and grouping criteria each time you access the folder. You can also view and modify object information in the folder. For information, see Viewing and Modifying Data in Smart Folders. With smart folders, you can organize your data in a meaningful way and quickly obtain the information you need to perform specific tasks without searching the entire database.

  1. Determine how you want to organize your core network services data.
  2. Identify the fields that you want to use to group networks or define extensible attributes for the data that you want to track. For information about extensible attributes, see Managing Extensible Attributes.

Note

Infoblox strongly recommends that you use Type as one of the filter criteria to improve system performance.


      3. Create smart folders in either the My Smart Folders or Global Smart Folders panel. For information, see Creating Smart Folders.

Global Smart Folders

You can create global smart folders to share among administrators. You must log in as a superuser account to create, edit, and delete global smart folders. All other users have read-only access to global smart folders. You can create as many folders as you need in Global Smart Folders, but Grid Manager displays a maximum of 500 smart folders in the list panel. You can also save a local copy of an existing folder, depending on your administrative permissions. For information, see Saving Smart Folders Data.
Grid Manager displays a list of global smart folders in the list panel.
When you log in as a superuser and mouse over a global smart folder, the following icons appear:

  • Information: Displays information about the selected smart folder. Information includes comments and filter criteria for the folder. It also displays the Group By rules.

  • Edit: Click this icon to edit the definition and filter criteria for the smart folder.

  • Create link: Click this icon to create a link to the smart folder. The link to this folder is placed in My Smart Folders.

  • Delete: Click this icon to delete the smart folder. This operation does not affect the objects that are in the folder. Only the smart folder is deleted.

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