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Menus and Commands

Overview

Forecast Capacity Planner has a total of seven main menus. (The Edit, Forecast, and Window menus will not display until a collection or model is loaded.)


Figure 8.1 Forecast Menu Bar (validated model)
The Forecast Capacity Planner menus and their contents change as you proceed through the loading, validation, and forecast graphing processes, depending on the current open window and the status of the current model. There are three main windows in the program:
  • Logo screen
  • Main Program window (unvalidated model)
  • Main Program window (validated model)
  • File Menu and Commands

    The File menu (shown in Figure 8.2) lists commands to:
  • Create, load, save, close, and delete models
  • Print and send reports
  • Load and save resources
  • Load, save, and restore a desktop
  • Recall a recently-used file
  • Exit the program


  • Figure 8.2 File menu before and after loading a collection

    New Model

    The New Model command enables you to create a blank model and enter the data manually without the use of a data collection file. If you plan to use this option, please contact Lund Performance Solutions for assistance (see "Lund Performance Solutions Technical Support Team").


    To open a new model:
  • On the File menu, click New Model.
  • On the File menu, click Save Model As....
  • In the Save As dialog box, click Save to save the model to the default location on your computer.


  • NOTE When creating a new model, it is possible to populate the new model from an existing one. Open an existing model and a new model, select a workload group from the existing model and drag the workload group to the Workloads pane of your new model.


    Load/Validate Model

    The Load/Validate Model command opens an existing model file (*.mdl) or a new collection file (*.col).


    To load and validate a new model:
  • On the File menu, click Load/Validate Model. The Open dialog displays.


  • Figure 8.3 Open dialog box
  • In the Files of type list, select Collections (*col).
  • Click once on the collection file to select the file.
  • Click Open to load the collection file. If naming conventions between the host system and the PC differ, the Choose CPU dialog box will appear (see Figure 8.4).


  • Figure 8.4 Choose CPU dialog box
    Once you have found and selected the appropriate CPU, click OK. If you can not find your CPU by name, then you can choose a CPU that closely resembles your CPU based on the following settings:
  • Type: the type of system (i.e. MPE or HP-UX).
  • Adj: relative performance factor. This number is produced by Hewlett-Packard.
  • CM Adj: Compatibility Mode performance factor. Certain CPUs have a more difficult time running software that is written in CM mode rather than Native mode.
  • CPUs number: how many CPUs are contained within the system.
  • As the loading process runs, a list of warnings and informational messages appear in the Validation Messages dialog box.


  • Figure 8.5 Validation Messages dialog box
    Validation messages provide information about workload groups that may violate one or more modeling algorithm assumptions (see "Queuing Model Algorithm Assumptions").
  • Review the messages presented in the Validation Messages dialog box and decide what, if any, influence they have on your model. Consider the following examples.
  • Table 8.1 Example validation messages
    Validation Message
    Description
    Workload NETBASE contains multiple process priorities
    "Multiple process priorities" means that there are processes defined in the NETBASE workload group with different queues. Therefore, the NETBASE workload group may not be homogeneous. (See "Identifying and Characterizing Workload Groups" for information on homogeneous workload groups.) In these cases, the program assumes the highest priority for all processes.
    Workload LA contains both jobs and sessions
    The workload group LA contains both jobs (batch processes) and sessions (interactive processes). Batch and interactive processes use system resources differently. (See "Identifying and Characterizing Workload Groups" for information on mixing batch and interactive processes in single workload groups.)
    In both examples, it may or may not be necessary to redefine the workload groups and repeat the collection and reduction processes on the host system. For instance, if the workload group NETBASE accounts for only a small percentage of total CPU utilization on the host system, the effect on the model and your forecast may be negligible.
  • You can print the contents of the Validation Messages box for reference. (See "Print Notes".)
  • Once you are satisfied that the messages in the Validation Messages dialog box will not affect the model, click OK to close the box and complete the loading process.
  • Save Model

    The Save Model... command saves the active document to the current name and directory. If you want to change the name or directory before saving the model, choose the Save Model As... command instead.


    To save a validated model: On the File menu, click Save Model....

    Save Model As...

    The Save Model As... command enables you to save and name a validated model using a standard Windows Save As dialog box. (Refer to your Windows documentation for instructions.) To save an active document without changing the name or directory, choose the Save Model command instead.

    Close

    Use the Close command to close all active windows in the document and return to the Logo screen. When you close an unnamed document, the Save As dialog box will display so you can name and save the document.

    Delete

    The Delete menu item has four submenu commands that enable you to delete the forecast model or specific components of the model:
  • Model
  • Collection
  • Desktop
  • Resources
  • Delete Model

    The Delete Model command enables you to delete a model.
  • On the File menu, click Delete.
  • From the Delete submenu, click Model.
  • In the Delete model file dialog box, select the model file (*.mdl) to delete.


  • Figure 8.6 Delete model file dialog box
  • Click Delete to delete the file, or click Cancel to abort the deletion process.
  • Delete Collection

    The Delete Collection command enables you to delete a collection file.
  • On the File menu, click Delete.
  • From the Delete submenu, click Collection.
  • In the Delete collection file dialog box, select the collection file (*.col) to delete.
  • Click Delete to delete the file, or click Cancel to abort the deletion process.
  • Delete Desktop

    The Delete Desktop command enables you to delete a desktop file.
  • On the File menu, click Delete.
  • From the Delete submenu, click Desktop.
  • In the Delete desktop file dialog box, select the desktop file (*.dsk) to delete.
  • Click Delete to delete the file, or click Cancel to abort the deletion process.
  • Delete Resources

    The Delete Resources command enables you to delete a resource file.
  • On the File menu, click Delete.
  • From the Delete submenu, click Resources.
  • In the Delete resource file dialog box, select the resource file (*.dat) to delete.
  • Click Delete to delete the file, or click Cancel to abort the deletion process.
  • Print Setup...

    The Print Setup... command opens the Print dialog box.
  • On the File menu, click Print Setup....
  • Select the pages to print, the number of copies, the destination printer, and other standard Windows print options.
  • Click OK.
  • Print Preview

    The Print Preview command opens the report document for the active model in the Print Preview window as it will appear when printed. Use the Print Preview toolbar to view pages in the document, zoom in or out, and begin the printing process.
  • On the File menu, click Print Preview....
  • Use the Zoom In button to examine the page in closer detail, then click the Zoom Out button to view the entire page.
  • Use the Next Page and Previous Page buttons to view multiple pages, one page at a time.
  • Use the Two Page button to view two consecutive pages, side by side.
  • When you finish previewing the chart(s), either click Close to return to the program window, or choose the Print... command button to send the chart(s) to the printer.
  • Print

    The Print command, with the exception of the Print Resources submenu command, is not available in the Logo screen or the Main Program window of an unvalidated model.


    The Print command has four submenu commands that enable you to print a forecast model, graph, validation notes, the current screen, or resources associated with the current model.

    Print Model

    The Print Model command sends the forecast report for the active model to your default printer.

    Print Graph

    The Print Graph command creates a graph for the active model and sends it to your default printer.

    Print Notes

    The Print Notes command sends the validation notes for the active model to your default printer.

    Print Screen

    The Print Screen command sends a graphic representation of the current screen to your default printer.

    Print Resources

    The Print Resources command sends the complete listing of all the available CPUs and disks listed in Forecast to your default printer. This listing also includes the CPU adjustment factor for HP-UX systems, the Native Mode and Compatibility Mode factors for MPE, and the Access Time for each disk. This command is available from the Logo screen and the Main Program window of an unvalidated model.

    Send...

    The Send command enables you to send the active model as an e-mail attachment file using the Microsoft Exchange Setup Wizard. (Please refer to your Windows documentation for information.)

    Load Resources

    The Load Resources command loads a new resource file.
  • On the File menu, click Load Resources.
  • In the Load Resources From dialog box, select the resource file (*.dat) to load.
  • Click OK.
  • Save Resources

    The Save Resources command saves the currently-loaded resource file using the same file name and directory location. To change the file name or directory location, choose the Save Resources As... command.

    Save Resources As

    The Save Resources As... command enables you to save the currently-loaded resource file with a different file name or directory location using the Save Resources As dialog box.

    Load Desktop

    A desktop is the current state of the Forecast Capacity Planner display area, which includes the size and position of the Main Program window, saved to disk as a desktop file (*.dsk).


    The Load Desktop command loads a previously-saved desktop file (*.dsk).
  • On the File menu, click Load Desktop.
  • In the Open dialog box, select the desktop file to open.
  • Click Open to load the file or Cancel to abort the process.
  • Save Desktop

    At any time during the validating and forecasting processes, you can save and rename the current desktop to preserve any changes to the model. This can be useful if you plan to generate multiple-performance projections from your baseline model.


    The Save Desktop command saves all of your current settings, links to currently-opened files, and window layout options, as a named file using the Save As dialog box.

    Restore Layout

    The Restore Layout command restores all settings from a previously-saved desktop, without opened files or layout options.
  • On the File menu, click Restore Layout.
  • From the Open dialog box, select the desktop file (*.dsk) to restore.
  • Click Open to restore the file or click Cancel to abort the process.
  • Recently Used Files

    The File menu contains a list of the four most-recently-used Forecast Capacity Planner files. On the File menu, click the file name to open the file.

    Exit

    The Exit command ends the current session of Forecast Capacity Planner. If the current model is not saved, the Save As dialog box displays so you can name and save the document.

    Edit Menu and Commands

    The Edit menu commands (Figure 8.7) are described in the following sections.


    Figure 8.7 Edit menu

    Undo

    The Undo command cancels the last operation executed in the program. It is only available in the Main Program window of a validated model.

    Redo

    The Redo command restores the last operation cancelled by the Undo command. This command is only available in the Main Program window of a validated model.

    Cut

    The Cut command removes selected text or data from the document and places it in temporary memory so that the cut portion of the document can be inserted (pasted) elsewhere. This command is only available in the Main Program window of a validated model.

    Copy

    The Copy command duplicates selected text or data from a document and places it in temporary memory so that the copied portion of the document can be inserted (pasted) elsewhere (either in the same document or in another document). This command is only available in the Main Program window of a validated model.

    Paste

    The Paste command inserts selected text or data that has been cut or copied from one document into a different location in the same document or a different document. This command is only available in the Main Program window of a validated model.

    Edit

    The Edit command opens the Edit dialog box associated with the selected item:
  • workload group (see "Editing a Workload Group")
  • disk drive (see "Editing a Disk Drive")
  • CPU (see "Editing a CPU")
  • Add

    The Add command adds a new disk drive or workload group to the end of the disk drive or workload group list that contains the selected item. CPUs cannot be added.
  • workload group (see "Adding a Workload Group")
  • disk drive (see "Adding a Disk Drive")
  • The Add command is only available in the Main Program window of a validated model.

    Insert

    The Insert command inserts a new disk drive or workload group following the selected like item on the screen. CPUs cannot be added.
  • workload group (see "Inserting a Workload Group")
  • disk drive (see "Inserting a Disk Drive")
  • This command is only available in the Main Program window of a validated model.

    Delete

    The Delete command eliminates the selected text or data from a document permanently. This command is only available in the Main Program window of a validated model.

    Options Menu and Commands

    The Options menu commands (Figure 8.8) are described in the following sections.


    Figure 8.8 Options menu

    Report Fonts

    The Report Fonts command opens a standard Windows Font dialog box (Figure 8.9). The options selected in the Font dialog box affect the fonts in all reports and possibly the first graph display. (See also, "Fonts Options".)


    Figure 8.9 Font dialog box

    View Options

    The View Options command opens the View Options dialog box, which contains two tabs: General and View Background.

    General View Options

    To set general view options:
  • On the Options menu, click View Options. The View Options dialog box will display (Figure 8.10).


  • Figure 8.10 View Options dialog box: General tab
  • From the list box in the General tab, select the component of the model to which the option will apply.
  • From the General tab in the View Options dialog box, enter or select new options as described in Table 8.2.
  • Table 8.2 General View options
    Option
    Instructions
    Label text color
  • From the Label text color drop-down list box, select a color to apply to the model component:
  • Select Automatic to apply the default color.
  • Select a pre-defined color swatch.
  • Select More Colors... and define your own custom color from the Color dialog box.
  • Click OK to apply the color.
  • Data text color
  • From the Data text color drop-down list box, select a color to apply to the model component:
  • Select Automatic to apply the default color.
  • Select a pre-defined color swatch.
  • Select More Colors... and define your own custom color from the Color dialog box.
  • Click OK to apply the color.
  • Toolbar Tile tips
    Click to deselect/select the Toolbar Tile tips check box to disable/enable the tips associated with Toolbars.
    Tile tips
    Click to deselect/select the Tile tips check box to disable/enable tips associated with Forecast Capacity Planner tools.
    Enable Sound Tooltips
    Click to deselect/select the Enable Sound Tooltips check box to disable/enable a sound wave file (*.wav) to alert you to tool tips. Click the Change button to locate your favorite sound wave.
  • Click OK to apply the change(s) and return to the Main Program window, or click the View Background tab to change the background color.
  • View Background Options

    To set general view options:
  • On the Options menu, click View Options.
  • In the View Options dialog box, click the View Background tab (Figure 8.11).


  • Figure 8.11 View Options dialog box: View Background tab
  • From the list box in the View Background tab, select the item to which the background will apply.
  • Click the Change button. Browse to select a background file (*.bmp) from another file location. (There are no preconfigured files.)
  • Click Apply. Repeat Steps 3 and 4 as needed to apply backgrounds to other items.
  • Click OK to return to the Main Program window.
  • To remove a custom background, click the Delete button instead of the Apply button in Step 5.

    Report Options

    Report Options are described in detail in "Setting Report Options".

    Graph Options

    The Graph Options command opens the Graph Options dialog box, which contains:
  • General tab (see "General Graph Options")
  • Fonts tab (see "Fonts Options")
  • Sizes tab (see "Sizes Options")
  • Borders tab (see "Borders Options")
  • Aspects tab (see "Aspect Options")
  • Colors tab (see "Colors Options")
  • Chart Colors tab (see "Chart Colors Options")
  • Point Patterns tab (see "Point Patterns Options")
  • Fill Patterns tab (see "Fill Patterns Options")
  • The graph options affect the appearance of all forecast graphs. The graph options are saved in memory.

    Forecast Graph Components

    Figure 8.12 identifies some of the key components of a forecast graph that may be modified.


    Figure 8.12 Forecast graph components

    General Graph Options

    The General graph options affect the size of the graph lines and data points.
    To modify the General graph options:
  • On the Options menu, click Graph Options.
  • In the Graph Options dialog box, click the General tab (Figure 8.13).


  • Figure 8.13 Graph Options dialog box: General tab
  • In the General tab, enter or select new options as described in Table 8.3.
  • Click OK to apply the change(s) and return to the Main Program window, or click another tab within the Graph Options dialog box.
  • Table 8.3 General Graph options
    Option
    Instructions
    First line thickness
    Assign a line thickness size (an integer from 1 to 20) to the first line in a graph.
    Thickness increasing step
    Assign a line thickness increment (an integer from 1 to 20) to be added to each consecutive line in a graph. Enter 0 (zero) to maintain the first line thicknesses for all lines.
    First point size
    Assign a point size (an integer from 1 to 20) to the first data line in a graph.
    Point size increasing step
    Assign a point size increment (an integer from 1 to 20) to be added to the data points of each consecutive line in a graph. Enter 0 (zero) to maintain the first point size for all lines.
    Black and White (monochrome)
    Select this check box to display all graphs in black and white (gray scale). This is useful when printing to a monochrome printer.

    Fonts Options

    The Fonts options affect the font and font style of the graph header, footer, legend, and labels. To modify the Fonts options:
  • On the Options menu, click Graph Options.
  • In the Graph Options dialog box, click the Font tab (Figure 8.14).


  • Figure 8.14 Graph Options dialog box: Fonts tab
  • In the Fonts tab, enter or select new options as described in Table 8.4.
  • Click OK to apply the change(s) and return to the Main Program window, or click another tab within the Graph Options dialog box.
  • Table 8.4 Fonts options
    Option
    Instructions
    Header font
    Select the font type and/or style (bold and/or italic) for the graph header.
    Footer font
    Select the font type and/or style (bold and/or italic for the graph footer.
    Legend font
    Select the font type and/or style (bold and/or italic for the graph legend.
    Label font
    Select the font type and/or style (bold and/or italic for the graph labels.

    Sizes Options

    The Sizes options affect the font size of the graph header, footer, legend, and labels. To modify the font Sizes options:
  • On the Options menu, click Graph Options.
  • In the Graph Options dialog box, click the Sizes tab (Figure 8.15).


  • Figure 8.15 Graph Options dialog box: Sizes tab
  • In the Sizes tab, enter or select new options as described in Table 8.5.
  • Click OK to apply the change(s) and return to the Main Program window, or click another tab within the Graph Options dialog box.
  • Table 8.5
    Option
    Instructions
    Header font size
    Enter or select a font point size for the graph header.
    Footer font size
    Enter or select a font point size for the graph footer.
    Legend font size
    Enter or select a font point size for the graph legend.
    Label font size
    Enter or select a font point size for the graph labels.
    Sizes options

    Borders Options

    The Borders options affect the style and width of the borders surrounding the graph header, footer, legend, and chart. To modify the Borders options:
  • On the Options menu, click Graph Options.
  • In the Graph Options dialog box, click the Borders tab (Figure 8.16).


  • Figure 8.16 Graph Options dialog box: Borders tab
  • In the Borders tab, enter or select new options as described in Table 8.6.
  • Click OK to apply the change(s) and return to the Main Program window, or click another tab within the Graph Options dialog box.
  • Table 8.6
    Option
    Instructions
    Border
    Select a border type and width (1-99 points) to apply to the each border.
  • No Border
  • 3-D In Border
  • 3-D Out Border.
  • Plain Border
  • Etched In Border
  • Etched Out Border
  • Frame In Border
  • Frame Out Border
  • Bevel Border
  • Chart Border
    Header Border
    Footer Border
    Legend Border
    Borders options

    Aspect Options

    The Aspect options affect the type and characteristics of the chart. To modify the Aspect options:
  • On the Options menu, click Graph Options.
  • In the Graph Options dialog box, click the Aspect tab (Figure 8.17).


  • Figure 8.17 Graph Options dialog box: Aspect tab
  • In the Aspect tab, enter or select new options as described in Table 8.7.
  • Click OK to apply the change(s) and return to the Main Program window, or click another tab within the Graph Options dialog box.
  • Table 8.7
    Option
    Instructions
    Graph Type
    Select a graph type: line, bar, pie, stacked bar, or area.
    Graph Depth
    Assign a graph depth value (0-100 points). This adjusts the depth of the space surrounding the graph within the window.
    Graph Inclination
    Assign a graph inclination (0-100 points). This adjusts the three-dimensional view of a bar or stacked bar graph.
    Graph Rotation
    Assign a graph rotation (1-360 degrees). This adjusts the three-dimensional view of a bar or stacked bar graph.
    Horizontal Grid Lines
    Click to select/deselect this check box to show/hide horizontal grid lines.
    Vertical Grid Lines
    Click to select/deselect this check box to show/hide vertical grid lines.
    Aspect options

    Colors Options

    The Colors options affect the background and foreground colors of the chart. To modify the Colors options:
  • On the Options menu, click Graph Options.
  • In the Graph Options dialog box, click the Colors tab (Figure 8.18).


  • Figure 8.18 Graph Options dialog box: Colors tab
  • In the Colors tab, double-click a Background or Foreground Color item. The Color dialog box will display.
  • Select a new color or create a custom color and click OK to close the Color dialog box. Click Apply.
  • Repeat Steps 3 and 4 as needed to modify additional colors.
  • Click OK to apply the change(s) and return to the Main Program window, or click another tab within the Graph Options dialog box.
  • Chart Colors Options

    The Chart Colors options affect the color assigned to each data line or data point in a chart. To modify the Chart Colors options:
  • On the Options menu, click Graph Options.
  • In the Graph Options dialog box, click the Chart Colors tab (Figure 8.19).


  • Figure 8.19 Graph Options dialog box: Chart Colors tab
  • In the Chart Colors tab, enter or select new options as described in Table 8.8.
  • Click OK to apply the change(s) and return to the Main Program window, or click another tab within the Graph Options dialog box.
  • Table 8.8
    Option
    Instructions
    Number of line colors used
    Enter the number of sequential line colors to apply to data lines.
    Number of point colors used
    Enter the number of sequential line colors to apply to data points.
    Line colors
    Scroll to view the sequence of line colors.
    Point colors
    Scroll to view the sequence of data point colors.
    Chart Colors options

    Point Patterns Options

    The Point Patterns options affect the identifying character assigned to each data point within a chart. To modify the Point Patterns options:
  • On the Options menu, click Graph Options.
  • In the Graph Options dialog box, click the Point Patterns tab (Figure 8.20).


  • Figure 8.20 Graph Options dialog box: Point Patterns tab
  • The Available list box contains a sequential list of data point patterns that will be applied to the data items within a graph.
  • The Disabled list box contains a list of data point patterns that have been disabled.
  • In the Point Patterns tab, exchange or transfer items between the Available and Disabled list boxes:
  • To exchange an item in the Available list with an item in the Disabled list, select both items, then click the >> << button.
  • To move an item from the Available list to the Disabled list (or vice versa), select the item, then click the >> (or <<) button.
  • Click OK to apply the change(s) and return to the Main Program window, or click another tab within the Graph Options dialog box.
  • Fill Patterns Options

    The Fill Patterns options affect the identifying pattern assigned to each data line within a black and white chart, (The Black and White check box in the General graph options tab (see "General Graph Options") must be selected to enable fill patterns.) To modify the Fill Patterns options:
  • On the Options menu, click Graph Options.
  • In the Graph Options dialog box, click the Fill Patterns tab (Figure 8.21).


  • Figure 8.21 Graph Options dialog box: Fill Patterns tab
  • The Available list box contains a sequential list of fill patterns that will be applied to the data items within a black and white graph.
  • The Disabled list box contains a list of fill patterns that have been disabled.
  • In the Point Patterns tab, exchange or transfer items between the Available and Disabled list boxes.
  • To exchange an item in the Available list with an item in the Disabled list, select both items, then click the >> << button.
  • To move an item from the Available list to the Disabled list (or vice versa), select the item, then click the >> (or <<) button.
  • Click OK to apply the change(s) and return to the Main Program window, or click another tab within the Graph Options dialog box.
  • Resources

    The Resources command in the Options menu opens the Resources dialog box, which contains three tabs: CPUs, Disks, and Download.

    CPUs Options

    From the CPUs tab in the Resources dialog box, you can:
  • Add a new CPU to the model resources. This concatenates the new resource to the end of the list.
  • Insert a new CPU to the model resources. This inserts a new resource above the existing, selected resource.
  • Edit an existing CPU resource.
  • Delete an existing CPU resource.
  • Undo or Redo the most recent change to the CPU resources (prior to closing the dialog box.)
  • Add a CPU
    To add a CPU to the existing resources:
  • On the Options menu, click Resources.
  • In the CPUs tab, select a CPU to edit from the list box (only one CPU may be selected at a time). Notice the statistics for that particular CPU is displayed in the lower portion of the CPUs tab (Figure 8.22).


  • Figure 8.22 Resources dialog box: CPUs tab
  • Click Add.
  • From the CPU dialog box (Figure 8.23), enter the following information about the CPU:
  • CPU title
  • CPU type (MPE/iX or MPE/V)
  • Number of processors (for example, 1, 2, or 4)
  • Resources adjustment factor
  • Resource compatibility mode adjustment factor (MPE only)


  • Figure 8.23 CPU dialog box
  • Click Apply and continue to modify the resources, or click OK to save the change(s) and return to the Main Program menu.
  • Insert a CPU
    To insert a CPU in the list of CPU resources:
  • In the CPUs tab, select the CPU to edit from the list box (only one CPU may be selected at one time).
  • Click Insert.
  • From the CPU dialog box, enter the following information about the CPU:
  • CPU title
  • CPU type (MPE/iX or MPE/V)
  • Number of processors (for example, 1, 2, or 4)
  • Resources adjustment factor
  • Resource compatibility mode adjustment factor (MPE only)
  • Click Apply and continue to modify the resources, or click OK to save the change(s) and return to the Main Program menu.
  • Edit a CPU
    To edit an existing CPU resource:
  • In the CPUs tab, select the CPU to edit from the list box (only one CPU may be selected at one time).
  • Click Edit.
  • From the CPU dialog box, enter modify any of the following statistics:
  • CPU title
  • CPU type (MPE/iX or MPE/V)
  • Number of processors (for example, 1, 2, or 4)
  • Resources adjustment factor
  • Resource compatibility mode adjustment factor (MPE only)
  • Click Apply and continue to modify the resources, or click OK to save the change(s) and return to the Main Program menu.
  • Delete a CPU
    To delete a CPU from the list of CPU resources:
  • In the CPUs tab, select the CPU to edit from the list box (only one CPU may be selected at one time).
  • Click Delete.
  • Click Yes to save the change(s) and return to the Main Program menu, or click No to cancel the command.
  • Disks Options

    From the Disks tab in the Resources dialog box, you can:
  • Add a new disk drive to the model resources.
  • Insert a new disk drive to the model resources.
  • Edit an existing disk drive resource.
  • Delete an existing disk drive resource.
  • Undo or Redo the most recent change to the disk drive resources (prior to closing the dialog box).
  • Add a Disk
    To add a disk drive to the existing resources:
  • On the Options menu, click Resources.
  • In the Disks tab, select the disk drive to edit from the list box (only one disk drive may be selected at one time). Notice that the statistics for that particular disk drive is displayed in the lower portion of the Disks tab.


  • Figure 8.24 Resources dialog box: Disks tab
  • Click Add.
  • From the Disk dialog box (Figure 8.25), enter the following information about the disk drive:
  • Disk drive title
  • Disk drive response time


  • Figure 8.25 Disk dialog box
  • Click Apply and continue to modify the resources, or click OK to save the change(s) and return to the Main Program menu.
  • Insert a Disk
    To insert a disk drive in the list of disk resources:
  • In the Disks tab, select the disk drive to edit from the list box (only one disk drive may be selected at one time).
  • Click Insert.
  • From the Disk dialog box, enter the following information about the disk drive:
  • Disk drive title
  • Disk drive response time
  • Click Apply and continue to modify the resources, or click OK to save the change(s) and return to the Main Program menu.
  • Edit a Disk
    To edit an existing disk drive resource:
  • In the Disks tab, select the disk drive to edit from the list box (only one disk drive may be selected at one time).
  • Click Edit.
  • From the Disk dialog box, enter modify any of the following statistics:
  • Disk drive title
  • Disk drive response time
  • Click Apply and continue to modify the resources, or click OK to save the change(s) and return to the Main Program menu.
  • Delete a Disk
    To delete a disk drive from the list of disk drive resources:
  • In the Disks tab, select the disk drive to edit from the list box (only one disk drive may be selected at one time).
  • Click Delete.
  • Click Yes to save the change(s) and return to the Main Program menu, or click No to cancel the command.
  • Download Options

    From the Download tab in the Resources dialog box, you can download a current Resources.dat file into your Forecast Capacity Planner program files. This file is updated periodically by Lund Performance Solutions.
    To download a current Resources.dat file:
  • On the Options menu, click Resources, then click the Download tab.


  • Figure 8.26 Resources dialog box: Download options
  • In the Download tab, enter the following information or accept the default as described in Table 8.9.
  • Click Apply and continue to modify the resources, or click OK to save the change(s) and return to the Main Program menu.
  • Table 8.9
    Option
    Default
    Instructions
    Change download page address
    www.lund.com/Resources.dat
    Enter the address of the appropriate FTP download page. If you do not have this address, please contact Lund Performance Solutions tech support for assistance.
    Click here if you want to go to the download page
    N/A
    Click this button to load the default Browser and go to the download page.
    Change direct download address
    www.lund.com/Resources.dat
    Enter the address of your download site.
    Press the button if you want to download the resources directly.
    N/A
    Click this button to automatically download the Resources.dat file to the default Forecast Capacity Planner program files location.
    Use Proxy
    disabled
    Select this check box to download using a proxy server.
    Proxy server
    N/A
    Enter the proxy server address.
    Port number
    5060
    Enter the proxy port number.
    Resources.dat file download options

    Thresholds

    Forecast and validation thresholds are explained in "Thresholds".

    Prompt for all disks

    The Prompt for all disks command sets the program to prompt the user for every disk encountered during the loading process that does not match a disk type in the resource file.


    To enable this prompt, click Prompt for all disks on the Options menu.


    To disable this prompt, click to deselect Prompt for all disks on the Options menu.

    Prompt for titles

    The Prompt for titles command sets the program to prompt the user for graph titles (headers and footers) when a new graph is created.


    To enable this prompt, click Prompt for titles on the Options menu.


    To disable this prompt, click to deselect Prompt for titles on the Options menu.

    Change titles

    The Change titles command allows you to change the graph titles (headers and footers) when the Prompt for titles command is enabled.

    Forecast Menu and Commands

    Use the Forecast menu in the Main Program window to access most of the forecasting and graphing options for unvalidated and validated models in Forecast Capacity Planner. The Forecast menu is not available from the Logo screen.


    Figure 8.27 Forecast menu

    Forecast Options

    The Forecast Options command opens the Forecast Options dialog box, which contains two tabs: Options and Rates. For information about the options available in these tabs, see "Setting Forecast Options".

    Graph Forecast

    The Graph Forecast command creates a forecast graph from your model and opens the graph window.
    Generating a Forecast Graph
    To generate a forecast graph:
  • Ensure the Main Program window contains the data for a validated model.
  • On the Forecast menu, click Graph Forecast. A forecast graph will display in the Main Program window.
  • Closing a Forecast Graph
    To close the currently-open forecast graph and return to the data for the model, click Graph Forecast from the Forecast menu.

    Age Model

    The Age Model command opens the Age Model dialog box.


    The aging function of Forecast Capacity Planner offers a quick and easy way to generate forecasting information about your model. The aging function enables you to fast forward to a future date and view the effects of workload group growth rates on the model. The aged model is based on the growth rates assigned to your workload groups in the validated model. (See "Editing a Workload Group" for more information about changing workload group growth rates.)


    To age the model:
  • On the Forecast menu, click Age Model.
  • In the Age Model dialog box (Figure 8.28), enter the number of months to age the model.


  • Figure 8.28 Age Model dialog box
  • Click OK to apply the change.
  • To return to a non-aged model (the original model), click Undo from the Edit menu. This can be done even if you saved the aged model.

    Change Name

    The Change Name command opens the Model Name dialog box.
    To change the Model name:
  • On the Forecast menu, click Change Name.
  • In the Model name dialog box (Figure 8.29), enter the desired model name.


  • Figure 8.29 Model name dialog box
  • Click OK to save the change.
  • Copy to Clipboard

    The Copy to Clipboard command copies the current model or selected item to the Clipboard.

    Graph to Clipboard

    The Graph to Clipboard command creates a forecast graph and copies it to the Clipboard.
    To copy the current forecast graph to the Clipboard:
  • On the Forecast menu, click Graph to Clipboard.
  • In the Copy Graph to Clipboard As dialog box (Figure 8.30), select the file format in which to save the graph:
  • Bitmap. Enter the width and height of the bitmap image (pixels) in the Width and Height fields, or accept the default dimensions.
  • Windows Metafile.
  • Enhanced Metafile.


  • Figure 8.30 Copy Graph to Clipboard As dialog box
  • Click OK to copy the graph to the Clipboard.
  • Export Forecast

    The Export Forecast command exports a forecast graph as a separate file.
    To export the current forecast graph:
  • On the Forecast menu, click Export Forecast.
  • In the Save As dialog box:
  • Name the file.
  • Select the file type.
  • Select the directory location.
  • Click OK to save the file.
  • Validated Model

    The Validated Model command validates the current unvalidated model. A check mark next to the command in the Forecast menu indicates that the model is validated.

    View Menu and Commands

    Use the View menu in the Main Program window (Figure 8.31) to enable and disable the toolbar, format bar, and status bars.


    Figure 8.31 View menu

    Toolbar

    The Forecast toolbar (Figure 8.32) displays a set of buttons used to carry out common menu commands. Toolbar buttons can change, depending on which window or view is currently selected. The toolbar can be moved or docked at any edge of the Main Program window.


    Figure 8.32 Toolbar
    To hide the toolbar, deselect the Toolbar option from the View menu. The absence of the check mark next to the menu item indicates the option is disabled.


    To move the toolbar to another location within the program window, click the frame surrounding the toolbar, then drag and drop it to a new location within the Main Program window.
    Floating Toolbar Window
    When the toolbar is placed near the center of the Main Program window, it becomes a floating Toolbar window (Figure 8.33). A floating Toolbar window has a title bar and can be resized and repositioned anywhere in the Main Program window.


    Figure 8.33 Toolbar window
    To return the toolbar to its original size and location, double-click the Toolbar window.


    To close the Toolbar window, click the Close button in the upper-right corner of the window.

    Format Bar

    The format bar (Figure 8.34) displays a set of buttons used to carry out formatting commands. Format bar buttons can change, depending on which window or view is currently selected. Available formatting options, from left to right, are:
  • Font Type
  • Font Size
  • Bold
  • Italic
  • Underline
  • Font Color
  • Justified left
  • Centered
  • Justified right
  • Insert bullet


  • Figure 8.34 Format Bar
    To hide the format bar, deselect the Formatbar option from the View menu. The absence of the check mark next to the Formatbar menu item indicates the option is disabled.


    To move the format bar to another location within the Main Program window, click the frame surrounding the format bar, then drag and drop it to a new location within the program window.
    Floating Format Bar Window
    When the format bar is placed near the center of the Main Program window, it becomes a floating Format Bar window. A floating Format Bar window has a title bar and can be resized and repositioned anywhere in the Main Program window.


    To return the format bar to its original size and location, double-click the Format Bar window.


    To close the Format Bar window, click the Close button in the upper-right corner of the window.

    Main Status Bar

    The Main Status Bar command switches the main status bar on or off. A check mark next to the command indicates the main status bar is displayed in the Main Program window.


    Figure 8.35 Main Status Bar

    Child Status Bar

    The Child Status Bar command switches the child status bar on or off. A check mark next to the command indicates that the child status bar is displayed in the Main Program window.


    Figure 8.36 Child Status Bar

    Window Menu and Commands

    The Window menu options are standard Windows-based options that improve the viewing arrangement of multiple charts. These arrangements can be saved as default settings in a desktop file. The Window menu (Figure 8.37) is not available from the Logo screen.


    Figure 8.37 Window menu

    Cascade

    The Cascade command arranges the open windows in an overlapping fashion from the upper left to the lower right of the screen. Windows are arranged in chronological order with the most recently accessed window in the top position in the lower-left portion of the screen.

    Tile Horizontally

    The Tile Horizontally command arranges all open windows horizontally in “tiles” of proportionate size, using the full extent of the screen.

    Tile Vertically

    The Tile Vertical option will arrange all open windows vertically in “tiles” of proportionate size, using the full extent of the screen.

    Next Pane

    The Next Pane command sets the focus to the next window pane.

    Previous Pane

    The Previous Pane command sets the focus to the previous window pane.

    Arrange Icons

    The Arrange Icons command restores the icons (minimized windows) to their default (chronological) order (left to right) across the bottom of the Main Program window.

    Current Window

    The Window menu contains a list of all open windows in the current session. Click on a window name to switch to that window.

    Help Menu and Commands

    The Help menu (Figure 8.38) contains commands to display the Tip of the Day, load the online Help system, and view information about the Forecast Capacity Planner application.


    Figure 8.38 Help menu

    Tip of the Day...

    The Tip of the Day command opens the Tip of the Day dialog box (Figure 8.39).


    Figure 8.39 Tip of the Day dialog box
    To set the program to automatically display the Tip of the Day, click the Show tips on startup check box. To disable this option, click to deselect the check box.


    To view each of the Tips, click the Next tip button.


    To close the Tip of the Day dialog box, click OK.

    Help Topics

    The Forecast Help system is a quick-reference of helpful topics. These topics are indexed and can be recalled by performing a keyword search. To access the indexed Help system, click Help Topics in the Help menu.
    Context-sensitive Help
    To get context-sensitive Help on a specific dialog box, click the Help button in the dialog box. Help about the dialog box will display in a separate window.


    To get context-sensitive Help elsewhere in Forecast, do either of the following:
  • Position your mouse over the item in question and press the F1 function key. This is especially helpful for open dialog boxes that do not contain a Help button, as the Help Toolbar button will not open dialog boxes and cannot be selected if a dialog box is already open.
  • OR
  • Select the Help toolbar button for use with toolbar buttons or menu items. This will change the cursor to a question mark. Move the question mark pointer over an item and click to get Help for that item.
  • Using Help

    The Using Help command opens the Help Topics: Windows Help dialog box. Select the desired tab (Contents, Index, or Find) to search for help associated with Windows.

    About Forecast

    The About forecast... command opens the About Forecast dialog box. The dialog box contains information regarding the version of Forecast Capacity Planner installed on your system.

    Shortcut Menu

    A shortcut menu is a context-sensitive menu containing commands that apply to a selected item. The shortcut menu in Forecast Capacity Planner contains the commands found on the Edit menu on the menu bar. You can access this menu by right-clicking an item.


    Figure 8.40 Shortcut menu

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