Shared Appendix 2: Navigating SAS Windows

Table Of ContentsIT Service Vision Help


The IT Service Vision GUI runs on top of base SAS. Thus when the IT Service Vision server software is running in interactive mode, you can access not only the windows in your IT Service Vision server session but also the windows in the underlying SAS session.

The major SAS windows that IT Service Vision uses when running the interactive interface are

Pull-down Menus and Command Lines

A SAS window has menus and/or selection items on it or has a command line (a line, at the top of the window, with a ===> prompt) or has a command field (a field at the top of the window). You can toggle between the menus and command lines. (However, in the window that displays the IT Service Vision GUI's main menu, you cannot toggle to a command line.)

If you have pull-down menus and want to change to a command line, make these selections on the menu bar

Globals -> Command -> Command ...

By default from the underlying SAS session, your PF9 key switches from pull-down menus to a command line, and your PF10 key switches from a command line to pull-down menus.

Menus and/or Selection Items

SAS windows that have pull-down menus across the top of the window use generic names for the pull-down menus, and the windows may have generic or window-specific items on the pull-down menus.

For example, many SAS windows have the following pull-down menus:

Similarly, many IT Service Vision GUI windows have the following pull-down menus:

Command Lines

Issuing a command consists of typing a command on the command line and pressing ENTER or RETURN (or typing a command in the Command window and selecting OK). Here are some of the more common commands:

For more about these SAS commands and others, see the reference documentation for your release of SAS.

Button Paths

In this document, you will often see "button paths" such as this one:

Adminstration -> Manage PDBs -> select the PDB that you want to use -> Activate -> WRITE Access -> OK -> File -> End

The items in the paths are often buttons but can be menu names, menu items, items on a list, choices, and so on. What they have in common is that you select them (click on them) in the order shown.

Some items in the button path (such as WRITE Access) may already be selected by default. In that case, just verify that the item is already selected and continue to make the remaining selections.

Sometimes the information in the path is in italics (such as select the PDB that you want to use). The use of italics indicates a selection that makes sense in the context of your work but is not predictable ahead of time.

You will often see short button paths included in a sentence. For example, the above button path could be written as

Select the Adminstration tab and Manage PDBs/Switch PDB, select the PDB that you want to use, and then select Activate, WRITE Access, OK, File, and End.

In general, a short series of selections is included in a sentence and a long series is shown in a button path. But if a path contains an item that needs a longer description than will fit easily on a button, the path may be expressed as a sentence.

Overall, a selection is a selection is a selection, no matter how it is expressed. Simply look for something with that text string (or a text string like the one described in italics) and select it if it is not already selected.