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How to Create Filters Using MarkVision Professional

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How to create filters using MarkVision Professional; SuSe 8.x; SuSe 7.1; SuSe 7.2; SuSe 7.3; UNIX Sun Solaris 2.6; UNIX Sun Solaris 2.7; UNIX Sun Solaris 2.8; UNIX Sun Solaris 2.9; MarkVision Professional; MVP; Microsoft Windows 95; Microsoft Windows 98; Microsoft Windows Me; Microsoft Windows NT 4; Microsoft Windows 2000; Microsoft Windows NT4 server; Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server; Microsoft Windows XP; Microsoft Windows Server 2003; AIX 4.3.x; HP-UX 11.0; RedHat Linux 8.x; RedHat Linux 7.1; RedHat Linux 7.2; RedHat Linux 7.3; Network utilities

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The Filters screen lets you create a filter set which limits the number of devices visible in a list or folder to those exhibiting the characteristics you specify.  Filters can have multiple criteria allowing for specific device selection. When you create a folder, you have the option to create a filter for that particular folder, or load a previously saved filter and apply it to the folder. A folder with no filter contains all the devices of its parent folder.
 
There are two types of filters: 

Basic: Allows you to choose one or more common device characteristics as filter criteria. 
Advanced: Creates multiple filter criteria, some of which require characteristics to be typed into the Value list box. For example, if you have a brand XYZ printer model that is not in the list of available printer models, with Job Timeout set at 90 seconds, you could specify both:


Parameter

Operation

Value

Model:

Equal To

XYZ


 and


Parameter

Operation

Value

Job Timeout:

Equal To

90

In the above example, both 90 and XYZ would be entered manually into the Value list box.

You can also filter devices by conformance (or lack of conformance) with specific device policies. To create a Device Policy Conformance filter, do the following: 
  1. Select the Policy Conformance parameter.
  2. Under Operation, select either Is in conformance with or Is not in conformance with. The value will be one of the device policies on the MarkVision Server (unless no policies have been created yet). See the example below. Only printers that have all the values specified in Jane's Printer Policy are visible if this filter is used.
  3. Click New to add additional filter criteria; click the red X to remove filter criteria.  


Parameter

Operation

Value

Policy Conformance

Is in conformance with

Jane's Printer Policy

When multiple conditions are selected

  • Selecting All conditions must be met means that every device must meet every criterion displayed by the filter.


  • Selecting At least one condition must be met means that devices must meet only one condition displayed by the filter.

Device Type

  • You can choose to have your filter include printers, print servers, or both. Specify this in the Device Type list box.

Example 1: Basic filter
John is responsible for keeping the printers in his company up and running. He would like to know which ones presently need human intervention or will need attention very soon. To accomplish this, he creates a 'basic filter'.

  1. Since John is only interested in printers, he selects Printer from the Device Type list box.

  2. From the Select Filter Type list, he selects Status.

  3. He then selects All Errors and All Warnings.

  4. He clicks Apply;  the filter is created.

  5. To save the filter, he clicks Save Filter As.
    Once John applies the filter to a folder, that folder contains only printers that are displaying an error or warning state. He can then select another MarkVision task such as Status of Printer to view the new folder he created, letting him see which printers are currently exhibiting errors or warnings.

Example 2: Advanced filter
Mary would like to create and save a filter that only displays monochrome printers with firmware code level 1.10.17. To accomplish this, she creates an 'advanced filter'.

  1. Since Mary is only interested in printers, she selects Printer from the Device Type list box.

  2. She then selects the values shown in the first image below.

  3. She clicks New to create another filter criterion, and then selects the following from the Parameter and Operation list boxes. NOTE: She must manually type in the firmware code (1.10.17).  

  4. Since Mary's printers need to meet both conditions, she selects the All conditions must be met option.

  5. To save the filter, Mary clicks Save Filter As.
    Once Mary applies the filter to a folder, that folder contains only monochrome printers with a firmware code equal to 1.10.17.


Parameter

Operation

Value

Color

Equal To

Monochrome


Parameter

Operation

Value

Printer Firmware Code

Equal To

1.10.17


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