Author Form

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The Author attribute identifies who provided that instance of an object. Create an Author attribute value representing you or your organization. The value you create then appears in the Author selection list in any appropriate form.

A value of Network Node Manager means NNMi provided the object.

Each time an NNMi upgrade is installed, objects with an Author attribute value of Network Node Manager are overwritten with the latest out-of-box settings. When you modify an object provided by NNMi, you must change the Author attribute value to ensure that your changes are not overwritten.

The Author attribute value is also useful for filtering objects in certain views and when using the NNMi Export/Import feature.

To change an object's Author attribute value:

  1. Open the form for the object. Click here for a list of forms that display the Author attribute: Concept Link IconSee Also
  2. Locate the Author attribute and click the Lookup icon.

    Do one of the following:

    • To create a new Author configuration, select New.
    • To select a previously defined Author attribute value, select Quick Find.
    • To edit an existing Author configuration, select Open.
  3. Type the text string that represents the new author (see table).
  4. Click Save and Close to save your changes and return to the previous form.

    Your NNMi administrator can set any author value as the default, see Configuring the NNMi User Interface.

Author Attributes
Attribute Description

Author name. The maximum length is 255 characters. Alpha-numeric, punctuation, spaces, and underline characters allowed.

If the value is Network Node Manager, your changes are at risk of being overwritten in the future.
Unique Key

Used as a unique identifier when exporting and importing configuration definitions. To ensure that the value you enter is unique, it is recommended that you use the Java name space convention when providing this value. It is also useful to include part of the label value in the unique key as shown in the following example:

After you click Save and Close, this value cannot be changed.


The maximum length is 80 alpha-numeric characters, periods allowed, no spaces allowed.

Do not begin the Unique Key value with com.hp.nms. This prefix is reserved for use.