Customizing lab resource properties

Lab resource properties are types, root types, subtypes, and attributes that define lab resources such as machines, virtual images, or software in IBM® Engineering Test Management.

About this task

In the lab management sections of Engineering Test Management, you can display or hide lab resource properties. Click the Administration (Administration) icon in the banner and select Manage Project Properties.

In the lab management feature, examples of lab resource types are machine and Operating system. These are examples of root types that can contain subtypes. Both root and subtypes can contain attributes. Attributes are fields that are displayed in the user interface and that can hold values for a lab resource type. Attributes describe lab resources. These are different than custom attributes, which are used to help group, sort, and filter your test artifacts, such as test plans. Most attributes are associated with root types. However, you can also add attributes to subtypes and to new types that you define.

Note: When using Attributes with a data type of Date, date values cannot be in the future, since the attributes must exist. For example, a VM can't exist with an operating system that won't be installed until next week.

If you add new attributes to a root type, those attributes are also displayed for any subtypes that are associated with the root type. When you hide a type or an attribute, it is no longer displayed. However, you can view and restore hidden types and attributes.

Note: When you modify lab resource properties, the changes that you make are at the project area level, not at the server level.
To customize lab resource attributes:


  1. Log on as a user with JazzProjectAdmins repository permissions.
  2. Click the Administration (Administration) icon in the banner and select Project Properties.
  3. Click Lab Resource Properties.
  4. To view lab resource attributes and types that have been removed from the user interface, select Show hidden lab resource attributes and types.
  5. To add a new lab resource type, in the Types column, click the Add icon (Add).
    Note: Types that you define must be root types; the new type can have attributes and can be used as an attribute for other types and subtypes.
  6. Click New Type 1, and type the name of the new lab resource type.
  7. To add attributes to the new type, click the Edit icon (Edit). The Manage Attributes window opens.
    1. Click the Add icon (Add).
    2. Under Attribute Name, type a name for the attribute.
    3. Under Data Type, select the data type for the attribute. The options are: String, Number, Multiple Values Type, Type, and Date. If you select String or Number, you can add enumerated values, for which you can create options that are selectable in the user interface by a drop-down menu. To add or edit an enumerated value, under Value, click Add Enumerated Value. In Value, type a value for the option to be displayed in the user interface. To add more values, click the Add icon (Add). If you select Multiple Values Type or Type, under Value, you can select an existing type.
    4. Click OK.
  8. To add a new subtype to an existing type, for example, to add Chrome as a browser under Installed Software, under Type, select the type, click the subtype in the next column (if appropriate), and then click the Add icon (Add).
  9. Click the new, highlighted field and type the name of the sub type.
  10. To hide types or attributes so that they are not displayed in the user interface, select the type or attribute, and then click the Hide icon (Hide lab resource).
  11. In the Project Properties editor, click Save.
  12. Log out of Engineering Test Management, and then log back in again. The types and attributes that you created are displayed in the user interface where you can edit lab resources.