Mike Elissen

The "Empty Rule" in Property Manager

Blog Post created by Mike Elissen Employee on Aug 23, 2017

By adding a simple empty rule to your configuration with a logical name, you are able to use this rule and all subsequent subrules as a 'Rule Group'. This can make dividing Akamai Property Manager configurations a lot easier as well as easier to manage in the long run.


Property Manager Rule Groups


By utilizing these empty rules, you are able to more easily categorize the features, rules or settings applied to your Akamai delivery configuration.


Rule Group


In the example above, all Performance-related features and rules are grouped together under PERFORMANCE which will make it easier to see the settings applied. This also helps showcasing value to customers or partners during any configuration review.


An empty rule can be added as follows:


Click on Add Rule above Default Rule.


Add Rule


Click on (usually selected by default) Blank Rule Template and add a logical rule group name. CAPITALS are recommended to distinguish RULE GROUP and rule. Click on Insert Rule.


Blank Rule


Your Rule Group is now added and you can add subsequent subrules by adding Child Rules by clicking on the arrow next to Add Rule once you select the Rule Group Name.


While a basic and simple best practice to utilize, it is highly recommended to add this from the start of building your configuration. In many years of troubleshooting configurations and handling a lot of configuration migrations, having a well-structured and easy to see configuration makes all the difference!