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Create or edit a collection of hosting rules

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Create or edit a collection of hosting rules

Create hosting rule for CIs to assist in correctly identifying dependent CIs during the business discovery process and service mapping. Discovery calls the identification API that applies dependent relationship rules.

Before you begin

A hosting rule is a dependent relationship rule which defines a relationship between two CIs, structured as: <CI Type1> <relationship type> <CI Type2>. To create a hosting rule, you need to add a CI type as <CI Type1> in the relationship rule, and then define the second portion of the relationship rule which is the relationship type and <CI Type2>. The entire set of hosting rules is organized as groups according to the top-level hosted CIs.

A hosting rule implicitly contains two rules, which are the reversal of each other. When you create the rule '<CI Type1> <relationship type> <CI Type2>', the rule '<CI Type2> <reversed relationship type> <CI Type1>' is automatically added.

Role required: admin


  1. Navigate to Configuration > Metadata Editor.
  2. In the Metadata Editor, click the Hosting Rules tab.
  3. Click Add New Rule to add a top-level rule. Or, point to a rule for which you want to add a child rule and click the green '+' icon that appears on the right.
  4. Complete the Add Hosted/Hosting Rule to <class> form.
    Field Description
    Configuration Item Type The <CI Type2> in the rule.
    Relationship Type The relationship type for the rule.
    Reverse Relationship Direction Check to reverse relationship in the rule.
  5. Click Create.