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TKU-may-spotlight.pngYou may already know that you can extend Atrium Discovery’s “knowledge” by applying the monthly TKU release.  Each monthly Technology Knowledge Update will contain both new patterns and enhancements to the patterns that are used to identify software running within your estate.


Click here to have a look at the contents of the May 2012 TKU release.


What you may not know is that the TKU team provides a deep dive look at one of the new or enhancement patterns that is included in each monthly TKU release.


So check out this month’s in the spotlight article which focuses on how Atrium Discovery is able to identify Symantec Critical System Protection processes running on both Windows and UNIX platforms.


Non-vid-CET-2.pngIn this week’s post I want to introduce a new type of CET for Atrium Discovery, the non-video tutorial. Unlike video, a non-video tutorial does not have an audio portion. The tutorial viewer allows you to view each slide and read any narration that I’ve written to go along with the slide. Use the scroll bar (1) to scroll down to view the next slide and narration notes.


Now check out the section just below the tutorial viewer; just as with video tutorials, I provide a description, duration and access to any extra downloadable resources (2).  The version is just as important as with video tutorials so make sure you to take this into account when view a tutorial.  You can also rate each non-video tutorial just as you can for video tutorials (3).  Your ratings will help me improve the quality of all ADDM CET’s. So please provide your rating when you view a tutorial.


So why have non-video tutorials at all?


Well firstly I can create more new and refresh more existing material by having the option of producing some material as non-video tutorials.


Secondly I’ve received some feedback that it may be easier and faster for you to consume this way. But what do you think? Check out a few ADDM non-video tutorials and let me know what you think by providing a comment or just liking this blog post.  And check out part three of this series where I’ll talk about ADDM CET courses and tagged tutorial “bundles”.


Over the past few months, Tim Cannon from the Atrium Discovery team has been spending a lot of his time exploring ways to improve the performance of ADDM.  He's also been publishing his findings in blog form from time to time.


The most recent of those posts has just gone up in the Discovery (ADDM) community, and can be seen here:
Discovery performance improvements


This new post pulls together a list of all the recent performance improvements in ADDM, as well as talking about what's planned for some upcoming work.  It's well worth a read if you're interested in squeezing as much speed out of BMC Atrium Discovery & Dependency Mapping as possible!


Vid-CET-5.pngOver the past several months, Adrian and the Atrium Discovery website team have been working hard to roll out several changes to the Atrium Discovery CET home  that I’d like to highlight over a series of posts.  If you’re new to Atrium Discovery CETs (Community Enablement Tutorials) then look at this blog post as an introduction.  However if you have been regularly using these tutorials, then allow me to point out a few new changes and perhaps a few things that you may have overlooked.


So today I want to provide a few helpful tips when viewing the Atrium Discovery video CETs. 


A video CET is a narrated video tutorial about one of the various Atrium Discovery features or topics.  Sometimes the tutorial is a self contained topic (such as Taxonomy and Model) and sometimes they form a part of a series that should be viewed together (such a Mastering CAM Basics I-IV).


I’ve recently started  labeling all ADDM video tutorials to make it easier for you to find them.  Just check out the "Popular Labels" area (1) on the ADDMcet home page


Now that you know how to find all the ADDM video-tutorials, let’s have a closer at the image of the video tutorial player and I’ll point out a few things that are often missed.


In orange (2), you can see the tabbed menu section.  This section usually defaults to the outline tab, but most people miss the fact that you can click on the search tab to search the tutorial for keywords.  This is great to use when you need to skip directly to a specific part of the tutorial. You can also view the text version of the tutorial narration by either clicking on the notes button shown in red (3) or from the tabbed menu.

In green (4), you can see the description and the duration of the tutorial and a link to the extra downloadable resources, if they are available.  But pay attention to the version of the tutorial because there may be subtle differences between the version of the tutorial and the version of Atrium Discovery you are using.


Finally, I want to point out something farily new, you can now rate a tutorial.  You can see the rating section here in purple (5).  I’ll use this feedback to improve the quality of all Atrium Discovery tutorials, so please help by providing a rating when you view a tutorial.


I hope you'll use a few of the tips that I've listed here the next time you watch a video tutorial on the Atrium Discovery CET Home. Please check out my next blog post where I’ll introduce Atrium Discovery non-video CETs.

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