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Edit Security Dimension a lot of Entities for upload in Information Store

  • 1.  Edit Security Dimension a lot of Entities for upload in Information Store

    Posted Wed August 26, 2020 03:55 PM
    Hi, I'm aware that I can edit security dimensions values at ANB for each entity. In case that I'm working with hundreds of entities in a diagram, Is it possible to edit the security dimensions values for all the entities of the diagram? 


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    Felipe Moura
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  • 2.  RE: Edit Security Dimension a lot of Entities for upload in Information Store

    Posted Fri August 28, 2020 10:21 AM
    Hello Felipe

    I'm not sure I fully understand your question as I do not use Information Store and therefore am not fully up to speed on what you mean by "security dimensions". 

    But I can answer on the basis that there is a way to edit all the Entities (but not Links) on an ANB chart in a single process using Import, assuming each of your Entities has a unique standard Identity (rather than a Database Identity as you see when populating from iBase etc...). 

    The method starts by using List Items > Entity tab to find all the items on the chart.  Ensure Identity is one of the fields, Select all, copy to clipboard and paste into Excel or similar.  

    The only thing you need to retain in Excel is the Identity - you may want other fields to help you with the next step.  From that, you can marry up your extra information into this table, aligning the new details with the ANB Chart Identity.

    Then save the modified table in Excel (or I would copy to clipboard) and create a new Import spec.  The only element you need in your Import Spec structure is "Entity".
    1) you set the Identity to be the Identity field copied and therefore ANB will not create new Entities, it will edit the existing Entities with the details in 2
    2) you decide where you want your new information to sit - probably in an Attribute, but it could go into Description (or in a different scenario this could be used to populate Cards)  
    3) make no other changes, run the Import and your chart will look the same in terms of icons used, fonts, colours etc..., but that new detail will be inclued behind each Entity.

    I hope that even if this doesn't fix your own problem, that it might make you think of another solution.


    Ant



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    Anthony Patamia
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  • 3.  RE: Edit Security Dimension a lot of Entities for upload in Information Store

    Posted Fri August 28, 2020 10:23 AM
    PS The reason this won't work with Links is because they don't have an Identity, only a Label.  But with some judicious use of VLOOKUP in Excel (to assign the Identity of the Entity at either end), you could create a new link table, delete the existing links on the chart and create brand new ones in an Import.

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    Anthony Patamia
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