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Define the connection section

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Define the connection section

Define a set of discovery steps to discover outbound connections of a configuration item (CI). This operation is relevant for Service Mapping.

Before you begin

Role required: admin or sm_admin

Create a pattern or select a pattern that you want to modify as described in Create a pattern.

About this task

A connection section identifies a type of outgoing connection. CIs can have multiple outgoing connections. Configure a separate connection section for each type of outgoing connection. For example, a .NET application CI can have outgoing connections of several types: ADO.NET, XML Web Services, or .NET. So, you must add connection sections for these three types to the .NET Application pattern.


  1. Open the required pattern by clicking Edit for Mapping on the pattern record.

    The pattern must be of the Application type.

  2. In the Connectivity Section, click the plus icon.
    Note: The Connectivity Section is grayed out if the pattern cannot be edited for Service Mapping.
  3. Enter the name and click Save.
  4. On the pattern form, click Save to save the pattern.
  5. Click the created connection section.
    The pattern designer opens showing the connection step.
  6. Select Create connection from the Operation list.
  7. Fill in the fields, as appropriate.
    Field Description
    Select Connection Type
    • Application flow: Used between two applications (can be of the same type).
    • Cluster: Used for connections to CIs of the cluster type. Specify a Cluster name.
    • Inclusion: Used for connections to an object that is included in the current object. For example, a connection from J2EE to EAR, and a connection from IIS to a website.
    • Storage flow: Used for connections between configuration items (CIs) of host type and devices of storage type.
    Select Entry Point Select the entry point type from the list.
    Target CI type Select the target CI type from the list.
    Is Artificial Select the check box if the connection should be hidden (that is, not shown in the user interface), but is used for continuing the discovery flow.
    Is Traffic Based Select the check box to use the traffic-based discovery method for this connection.
  8. If necessary, create more connectivity sections on the pattern form.


The following configuration is an example of the Create connection operation.
Field Value
Hierarchy Applications > Business Integration Software
CI Type IBM WebSphere MQ Queue
Pattern WMQ Queue Unix Pattern
Section Alias queues connectivity
Step number and Name 6. Create outgoing connection to alias queues