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.
To view Blueprints:
- Select the Administration (1) button located at the bottom of the vertical menu on the left.
- Select Blueprints (2).
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.
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