Creating Aliases - Metasys - LIT-12011942 - Software Application - ODS Server - 10.1

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See Alias for more information on aliases.

Note: Do not set the Graphic attribute for an alarm extension to an aliased graphic. Aliased graphics do not display properly when displayed from the Alarms Window or Event Viewer.


  1. Create a graphic with an appropriate background image, and add value boxes to represent common field points.
  2. For each value box, edit the bound reference and use a wildcard character (*) to replace the portion of the reference specific to a particular supervisory device, field trunk, and/or field controller.
    For example, change the bound object reference for a Zone Temperature AI from ODS1:NAE1/N2 Trunk 1.VMA-1.ZN-T to *.ZN-T. This is your aliased graphic.
    Note: One wildcard character is allowed per reference, and all wildcard characters used in bindings for a particular aliased graphic must represent the same string.
  3. Create a separate main graphic to use as the access point for your aliased graphic.
  4. On the main graphic, add a button bound to the aliased graphic. Give the button a name indicating the field device it represents (see Tip below).
  5. Set the alias string for the button to the text that should replace the wildcard in the reference for the value boxes on the aliased graphic.

    For the example above, the alias string would be:

    ODS1:NAE1/N2 Trunk 1.VMA-1

  6. Repeat step 4 and step 5 to add buttons for additional field controllers, setting the alias string appropriately for each.

    For example, ODS1:NAE201/N2 Trunk 2.VMA-43.

    Tip: You can use the following shortcut steps to quickly create the buttons for your aliased graphic on your main graphic:
    1. Display your main graphic in the Display panel, and click Edit.
    2. Select the aliased graphic in the All Items navigation tree, then use Ctrl + click or Shift + click to select the items to use with the aliased graphic.

      For the example given earlier, select VMA-1 under N2 Trunk on NAE1, and VMA-43 under N2 Trunk 2 on NAE 201.

    3. With the aliased graphic and other items selected in the navigation tree, drag the Button from the UGT palette into the graphic display area. A new button appears in the main graphic for each item. Each button is labeled with the item name, bound to the aliased graphic, and has its alias string set to the full reference of the selected item (for example, ODS1:NAE1/N2 Trunk 1.VMA-1).
    4. Find the button on the main graphic that has its alias string set to the aliased graphic (labeled with the name of the aliased graphic). This button is no longer needed, so you may delete it.
    5. Save your changes.


Once you have finished configuring your main and aliased graphic, display the main graphic in the online UI. Use the buttons on the main graphic to open the aliased graphic for each field device. See Figure 1 and Figure 2.