Save classes and instances

Selecting File|Save As... from the main menu will display a dialog that can be used to save classes and/or instances to either a MOF file or an XML file.

Any instances or classes that were selected when the dialog box is invoked will be pre-loaded into the list of CIM Elements to be saved. Additional classes and instances can be dragged to the CIM Elements list from the Instance Tree. To remove an item from the list, just right-click on it to display an 'Are you sure' deletion prompt.
Once all of the classes and instances to be saved have been specified, select any options as desired (the meaning of these options is consistent with DMTF documentation).
Now select whether the selected CIM Elements should be saved to a file with mof or XML formatting. Pressing the Select button will allow for specification of the filename and directory to which the file will be saved.
When the OK button is selected, the CIM Elements will be saved to the specified file.

Show superclass name

Right-clicking on any class node in the instance tree will display a context menu. Selecting Show superclass name... will display a messsage box containing the name of the selected class' superclass.

Derive new Class

Right-clicking on any class node in the instance tree will display a context menu. Selecting Derive new Class... will display a dialog box that allows for the creation of a new class which extends the selected class.
To define a class which has no superclass, click on the root node in either the instance tree or the class browser dialog and select Create new class... to display a the class editor dialog.

* First, specify the name of the class in the text field labeled Editing class.
* Any required qualifiers may be added to the new class by clicking on the button labeled Add... in the Qualifiers panel.
* To add new properties, click on the button labeled Add... in the Properties panel (properties of the parent class will not be shown in the table of properties, but they will be inherited nonetheless). A new properties editor will be displayed that allows for definition of the new properties' name and type.
Once a property has been added to the table of properties, right-click on it to add any required property qualifiers.

Create New Instance

Right-clicking on any class node in the instance tree will display a context menu. Selecting Create new instance... will display the Instance Editor dialog.

This dialog displays the class' Description qualifier in a panel on the left, a table of all of the class' properties on the right, and a table of the class' Qualifiers across the bottom. Properties that have a 'Required' qualifier value of 'true' are displayed with a brownish-gray highlight (for example the 'Surname' row shown here). Key properties are identified with a icon.
When creating a new instance, make sure that all 'key' properties have been defined. Selecting the OK button will dismiss the dialog box, create a new instance in the CIMOM, and add a new instance node as a child to the node representing the class in the instance tree.
To edit a property, right-click its row in the Properties table to display a property editor dialog.


Here again, the property's Description qualifier is displayed in a panel on the left. An editor panel specific to the property being edited is displayed on the right. Each basic type of property will have an editor which is specific to its type. Across the bottom of the dialog is a table of qualifiers for the property.
If the property being edited is an array data type, a dialog box similar to the following will be displayed. To edit one of the entries, right-click on its row to display an editor for the property.

Editing Instances

To edit an existing instance, first select it in the instance tree. Select the Properties tab to show all properties for that instance. Right-click on any property to display a property editor dialog.
Alternatively, right-clicking on any instance in the Instance Tree will display a context menu. Select Properties... from the context menu to display the Instance Editor dialog. Right-clicking on any property in this editor will display a property editor dialog.

Deleting Classes and Instances

Instances and classes can be deleted from the CIMOM. Right-clicking any node in the instance tree will display a context menu. Select Delete instance... or Delete Class..., as appropriate, from the context menu. An "are you sure" prompt will be displayed. Upon answering Yes to this prompt, the selected class or instance will be deleted.
Multiple instances may be deleted in a single operation. Hold down the Ctrl key while selecting nodes in the Instance Tree. When all desired instances have been selected, right-click to bring up an "are you sure prompt". Answering Yes to this prompt will cause all selected instances to be deleted.
Note: deleting a class will also delete all instances of that class.
Note: deleting an instance will also delete all associations of which that instance is a member.

© 2005 DuskFire, Inc. All rights reserved.