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Documentation - HPE Cost and Consumption

About this site

This topic introduces the HPE Consumption Analytics documentation site and explains how to use it.

The HPE Consumption Analytics Documentation site, docs.consumption.support.hpe.com, delivers the product documentation and other technical information about HPE Consumption Analytics products. This searchable and interactive site is powered by MindTouch

Site Organization and Navigation

The site is organized into what MindTouch calls Categories. The customer-facing Categories are public, so you can view them without logging in. 

HPE employees can log in via SSO to view additional Categories, such as help for administrative functions and demo scenarios.

Categories

On the homepage, you can click a Category card to open it, or you can click its pulldown arrow on the Top Level Navigation (above the search bar):


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See Upper navigation for details on the Top Level Navigation.

Subcategories and Guides

When you open a Category, one or more Subcategories and/or Guides display.

For example, HPE GreenLake Billing andHPE GreenLake Capacity Planning are Subcategories of HPE GreenLake Central - Consumption Analytics Docs, and Getting Started with HPE GreenLake Central is a Guide in the same Category:

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At this level there's no need for you to distinguish between Subcategories and Guides for navigation purposes.  What MindTouch calls Guides are used to break the documentation down into manageable sections, and where there are a number of related Guides, a Subcategory is useful to group them.  The HPE Consumption Analytics platform product user guides are an example of this (see HPE Consumption Analytics Portal User Guides).

You can open these the same way you navigate among Categories; click any card to drill down. 

Within Categories, you have additional navigation options, which will be described below. 

Topics, How-to and Reference articles

Each Guide is organized into Topic, How-To, and Reference pages. 

Navigation options

You have additional navigation options on the MindTouch pages within a Category. 

Tabs

Most Guide pages include the Topic hierarchy, How-to and Reference article tabs for navigation.  Each contains links to the articles contained in the Guide.

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Some Guide pages include other useful tabs, such as Paths and article directories.

  • Paths in MindTouch organize a group of pages into a custom order with sequential navigation elements (see below for details and illustrations).
  • Article Directories are an alphabetical list of articles in the Guide.
Paths

Paths are used in this site to map articles to processes, since the site isn't organized by process.   Paths for particular HPE Consumption Analytics processes, such as configuring the HPE Consumption Analytics platform, are shown in Guide tabs: 

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On Guide tabs, the following elements are shown:

  • Expand (+) icon
  • Map icon
  • Path title
  • Path description

You can click the + icon to expand a path on the Guide tab: 

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The expanded path displays these additional elements: 

  • Step indicator
  • Page title (link)

Paths are also shown in Topic, How-To, and Reference pages, provided you opened them using the path navigation:

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On these pages, the path displays horizontally with these elements: 

  • Step indicator
  • Page title and step counter
  • Previous | Next Page

You can hover over a step indicator to view the page title, as illustrated above.  This lets you skip over any optional or conditional steps in the process.

  • The path only displays at the top of the page when you've navigated to the page via the path navigation. 
  • If you navigate to a page outside the path, and then directly to a page that is on the path, you won't see the path at the top of the page, even though it's on the path. 

For this reason, at the bottom of each page that is on a path, a tip has been added to help you rejoin the path at the next step:

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This tip has been placed under a page heading, so you can quickly navigate to it from the Table of Contents at the top of the page, if the path navigation isn't displayed there:

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Upper navigation

These navigation elements are above the main body of the page:

  • Top Level Navigation, above the Navigation Bar, shows the top-level Categories on the site:

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You can click the pulldown to expand the Top Level Navigation to the Subcategory/Guide level:

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  • Navigation Bar - this includes the hierarchy menu, home icon, and breadcrumbs
    • Drop-Down Hierarchy Menu - A folder structure view for the hierarchy that provides visual cues to the content structure:
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    • Home icon (not included on Category pages).
    • Breadcrumbs (described in detail in the next section). 
  • Paths (described in the previous section) are displayed in the upper navigation on Topic, How-To, and Reference pages.
Breadcrumb basics

For navigation, each MindTouch page within a Category displays a breadcrumb trail at the top of the page.

Breadcrumbs fulfill the following functions:

  • Provide context for the article visited by displaying Category and Guide pages so you can verify that the information you're viewing pertains to the right product or process.
  • With hyperlinked breadcrumbs, you can quickly navigate to any higher level sections by clicking on any breadcrumb icon / title.
  • You can find your way back to previously viewed sections if you navigated through the site.
  • Using the breadcrumbs allows for a convenient way for you to locate and drill down to where you need to be in the hierarchy.

MindTouch breadcrumbs do not display articles and do not show the current page viewed, only its parents.

Lower navigation

Navigation elements below the main body of the page:

  • Page footer navigation (Back to top, Previous | Next Page) 

This is not included on Category pages.

These additional elements below the page body only display on Topic, How-To, and Reference pages:

  • Page actions
    • Export as PDF
  • Page Feedback (if configured)
  • Recommended Articles
  • Page footer metadata - article type and tags
  • Attachments

Table of contents (TOC)

The TOC is an automatically generated list of all headings (H1, H2, H3, etc.) on an individual MindTouch page. The TOC appears by default inTopic, How-To, and Reference pages.

Searching 

For information about the ways you can search for content on this site, see Searching.

Offline viewing 

If you will be without Internet access and need to read information from this site, you can export articles to a PDF file. For information and instructions, see Exporting content for offline viewing.

Browser support 

This site is powered by MindTouch, which supports the following browsers:

If no browser version is stated, the most recent stable version is supported.

  • Windows 7: IE 11*, Chrome, Firefox
  • Windows 8.1: IE 11*, Chrome, Firefox
  • Windows 10: Edge, IE 11*, Chrome, Firefox
  • OS X: Safari, Chrome, Firefox

 *Microsoft no longer supports IE11.