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Understanding the Search Function in the NSM User Interface

 

You can use the integrated search feature in NSM to quickly locate a specific setting within a UI screen or dialog box.

To locate a word, begin entering the word and the search window automatically appears in the top left of the selected screen or dialog box. The UI attempts to match your entry to an existing value; as you enter more characters, the UI continues to search for a match. Use the arrow keys to move between each matching value. If your entry appears in red, no matching value was found within the selected screen or dialog box.

To locate a different data type, such as an IP address, change the search mode. To display all available search modes, press the backslash key (\). The search mode window appears.

Press the key that represents the search mode you want to use, and then begin entering the search criteria. Switching to another view or pressing the ESC key ends the search operation and closes the tool window. Table 1 describes the detail sections in each search mode.

Search Mode

Function

Your Action

Contains String [C] Search Mode

Use to locate a pattern anywhere in a string.

For example, to locate the pattern “RPC” in service objects:

  1. In the NSM navigation tree, select Object Manager > Service Objects > Predefined Service Objects, and then select the Service Object icon at the top of the Service Tree tab.
  2. Enter C, and then enter RPC. The UI automatically highlights the first match, MS-RPC-ANY.

Starts with [S] Search Mode

Use to locate a pattern at the beginning of a string.

For example, to locate the pattern “OR” in security devices:

  1. In the NSM navigation tree, select Device Manager > Devices > Predefined Service Objects, then select the Service Object icon at the top of the Device Tree tab.
  2. Enter S, then enter OR. The UI automatically highlights the first match, OR_EU_208.

Regular Expression [R] Search Mode

Use to locate a value using a regular expression.

For example, to locate all attack objects that detect denial-of-service attacks:

  1. In the NSM navigation tree, select Object Manager > Attack Objects, and then select the Predefined Attacks tab.
  2. Select the first entry in the Name column, and then press the backslash key (\) to display the search mode window.
  3. Enter R, and then enter the following characters: DoS|.enial.

The UI automatically highlights the first match; click the Down Arrow key to highlight the next match.

Note: The regular expression search mode supports all common regular expressions. For more information about regular expressions, refer to a dedicated resource, such as Mastering Regular Expressions, 2nd Edition, by Jeffrey E. F. Friedl.

IP [I] Search Mode

Use to locate an IP address.

For example, to locate the IP address 5.5.5.50 and 5.5.5.51 in Address Objects:

  1. In the NSM navigation tree, select Object Manager > Address Objects, and then select the Address Table tab.
  2. Select the first entry in the Name column IP/Domain, and then press the backslash key (\) to display the search mode window.
  3. Enter I, and then enter 5.5.5.*. The UI automatically highlights the first match, 5.5.5.50. Click the Down Arrow key to highlight the next match, 5.5.5.51.

When searching in a table, your search criteria is applied only to the selected column. If you select a different column, such as Name, and perform the same search, your results differ.