you want an honest answer? Unfortunatelly it's NO. There is no chance to copy any windows, attributes or objects through different business objects. Sorry for that but you have to build the windows for every object from scratch... Maybe there are some enhancement requests about this where you can vote and maybe some day, it will be possible...
As Christian has said, its not currently possible.
As an alternative, You could group your CI's under 1 object and use a reference list to act as a "Sub Type" of CI. And then use a window calculation to display the relevant attributes based on the Subtype.
So for Mobile Device as a CI Type and a sub-type of Smartphone would show one set of attributes. If the sub-type was Tablet, it would show a different set of attributes.
The same principle could be applied to Workstation, you would have a sub-type of Laptop and Desktop.
Hope that helps to some degree.
So I would import my devices from IEM (formerly Management Suite) all into the Configuration Item business object as opposed to the Sub-Business Objects, correct? What would be the pros and cons of doing it that way, instead of direct into the Business Object device type? Besides Window Management, would there be anything else I am not thinking of?
Right now I have most of them in the sub-Business Objects, so when I pull up the Configuration Management, they are all organized into device type. If I go the other way, they would all show up under Configuration Item, losing some of the organization between device types, right? Would this affect creating Asset Lifecycles and such too possibly down the road?
I'm guessing breaking them out into the separate device types is the recommended way?
Sorry for all the questions, just want to make sure I am setting this up right the first time before we start using all the Asset Management features.
You wouldn't import them into Configuration Item no.
As an example, create a CI of Mobile Device then create a reference list on Configuration Item Called Device Type. Add this to your Mobile Device Type window.
Import your mobile devices into the Mobile Device CI type and set the Device Type (Subtype). This could be set as a default value on your import mapping.
So example device types for Mobile Device would be Android Smartphone, Apple IPhone. etc.
You can then use a window calculation based on the CI type.
Does that make sense?