Policy Aliases

An alias allows a service or policy to appear in more than one folder in the Services and Policies list. The alias is a linked copy of the original policy or service: all changes made to the alias are reflected in the original; changes to the original are automatically reflected in all aliases. Aliases help you organize your services and policies. User can modify a service alias or policy alias if they have the correct permissions.
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An alias allows a service or policy to appear in more than one folder in the Services and Policies list. The alias is a linked copy of the original policy or service: all changes made to the alias are reflected in the original; changes to the original are automatically reflected in all aliases. Aliases help you organize your services and policies. User can modify a service alias or policy alias if they have the correct permissions.
Note the following if you choose to use aliases:
  • An entity may have multiple aliases.
  • The name of an alias is derived from the original and cannot be changed.
  • Deleting an original removes all its aliases; deleting an alias does not affect the original or other aliases. Deleting an alias is possible only if you have delete privileges to the parent folder of the alias.
  • Access to an alias depends on your access to the alias' parent folder and access to the original entity. Privileges will vary depending on whether your role for the parent folder is View Folder or Manage Folder (the 'Manage' role permits deletion of aliases, while 'View' role does not; both roles permit modifying the alias). Access to the original does not imply access to any of its aliases. For more information, see Organizing Services and Policies into Folders.
  • Access to an alias also requires a role assignment that grants access to original service or policy. For more information, see Managing Roles.
  • Folders cannot have aliases.
Only users with a role of Administrator or Manage Web Services can create, delete, or view aliases. Other users will not see the aliases.
Security Zones for Aliases
If the source service or policy has been placed in a security zone, any aliases created will inherit that zone by default. However the original and alias may have independent security zones. This means security zone changes to the original will not affect the alias and vice-versa.
Aliases will always be visible provided you have access to the alias' owning policy/service and to the folder containing the alias. This holds true even after an entity type is removed from a security zone. For example, the Policy Alias entity type is removed from the "Test" zone. Three aliases have already been assigned to the "Test" zone and you have the Manage Test Zone role. After the removal, you can still see the three aliases, though you can no longer change their security zone since they are no longer zoned for your role.
To learn more about security zones, see Understanding Security Zones.
To create an alias:
  1. In the Services and Policies list, right-click a service/policy and select
    Copy as Alias
    . You can select multiple services or policies by holding down the [Ctrl] key while selecting.
  2. Create a destination folder for the alias, if necessary. For more information, see Organizing Services and Policies into Folders.
  3. Right-click on the destination folder and then select
    Paste as Alias
    . The alias is added. The icon for the alias contains an 'a' and the word 'alias' is added to the policy name to remind you that this is not the original.
You cannot create an alias in the same folder as the original.
To delete an alias:
  1. In the Services and Policies list, right-click the alias to remove and then select
    Delete Service Alias
    or
    Delete Policy Alias
    .
  2. Click [
    Yes
    ] to confirm. The alias is removed.
The ability to delete an alias depends on the user having the 'Manage Folder' role. If you can see an alias, it means that you have been assigned the role for the original service or policy.
To change the security zone for an alias:
  1. In the Services and Policies list, right-click the alias to change and then select
    Security Zone
    .
  2. Choose the new security zone from the drop-down list and then click [
    OK
    ].