Introduction

ManagementStudio offers blueprints to help a project admin organize and structure a group of related items. They are similar to folders in Windows, a Blueprint can contain Users, Applications, Devices, Mailboxes, Bespoke and Deployment Units. The difference between a Windows Folder and a Blueprint is that the same items can be added to more than one Blueprint. For example, in a project, you can have an Application in a Finance Blueprint, Marketing Blueprint, London Blueprint and a Problem Apps Blueprint all at the same time.


Benefits of Blueprints

Blueprints provides the ability for a Project Admin to structure an Organisation's application portfolio in anyway as they desire. Rather than looking at a list of 3000+ applications and wondering how the project is going, an admin, can zoom into a single department and see if all its applications are ready. As Blueprints are held in a tree like view, it is possible to zoom out a level and see how all the departments are progressing. There is no limit to how granular you want to make your Blueprints, the more, the better.


Accessing Blueprints

To view Blueprints:

  • Select the Administration (1) button located at the bottom of the vertical menu on the left.
  • Select Blueprints (2).



Blueprint Layout

The Layout consist of:

  • The Control Bar (1).
  • Reload Blueprints - Reloads the grid.
  • Expand all Items - Expands all items on the grid in a tree like view.
  • Show Counts - Displays a count of each item in each Blueprint.


  • The Blueprint Grid (2). This displays all the blueprints defined in a project. It is possible to have a nested blueprint structure.



Using the Context Menu

The Context Menu (Left Click on the grid) provides additional functionality to the grid. Select one blueprint using the left click of the mouse for the Context menu.


MenuDescription
  • New 'Folder\Blueprints' from List: Allows creating multiple Blueprints from a list.
  • New Blueprint: Create a new blueprint.
  • New Folder: Create a new folder structure.
  • Rename: Rename a Blueprint.
  • Cut: Allows blueprints be cut from its current location and places it into the clipboard.
  • Paste: Allows blueprints to be pasted from the clipboard.
  • Hide Folders: Provides the ability to hide folders from appearing in specified modules.
  • Unique Items Folder: Provides the ability to set the folder as a unique item folder. This prevents the duplication of folders/blueprints.
  • Remove: Allows blueprints to be removed.
  • Hide Blueprints: Provides the ability to Hide blueprints from appearing in the specified modules.
  • All Items Blueprints:
  • Mirror Blueprints: This provides the ability to add blueprint on first item to second item if the items are linked. For example Finance Apps blueprint would be added to Devices that have those Apps.
  • Link via Blueprints Membership: This enables the creation of links between two items if both items are in the the same blueprint. For example A blueprint called 'Core Apps' that contains Apps and Users will create links between each App and every user.



Creating a Blueprint

The example that follows will create a Deployment Unit blueprint structure based on location and add a few Users to the blueprint.

  • Switch to Administration > Blueprints.
  • Left click on the Edit (1) symbol within the root folder.
  • Select New Folder (2) from the context menu.


Note: New Blueprint will create a blueprint within the root folder. Blueprints can only be added to Folders, not blueprints.




  • Enter the New Blueprint Folder name called Deployment Unit.
  • Click OK.
  • Click on Reload Blueprints.
  • Left click on the edit symbol next to the newly created Blueprint folder 'Deployment Unit'.
  • Select New Folder from the context menu.
  • Enter folder name Deployment Unit Location.
  • Reload Blueprints and left click on the edit symbol next to the newly created folder.
  • Select New 'Folder\Blueprints' from list Blueprint.
  • Enter North\Luton to create a subfolder and the blueprint Luton.


Adding an Item to a Blueprint


The following steps are consistent in the other modules within ManagementStudio.


  • Switch to the User Migrations (1) module.
  • Select the Users (2) you wish to add to the Blueprint.
  • Right click on the selected users and select Blueprints -> Add to.... (3).
  • Select the appropriate Blueprint - Deployment Unit -> Deployment Unit Location -> North -> Luton (4).
  • Click Add to confirm.



Advanced Blueprint Topics:

Blueprint Stacks: https://support.migrationstudio.com/a/solutions/articles/14000130704

Blueprint Mirroring: https://support.migrationstudio.com/a/solutions/articles/14000130706


Further Support

If you require further support, please visit ManagementStudio's Service Desk at https://support.migrationstudio.com/ to search the knowledge base or create a new support ticket.