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Manage LEM filter categories: Add, move, rename, and more

Updated: September 15, 2017

This topic describes how to work with filter categories (which the LEM console calls filter groups). Use these steps to customize filter categories to suit your needs. See About LEM filters and filter categories for general information about filter categories.

Add a new filter category

  1. Open the LEM console. See Log in to the LEM web console or Log in to the LEM desktop console for steps.

  2. Click Monitor.

  3. In the Filters pane, click button-plus(gray)_17x13.png and select New Group.

    A new filter category appears in the Filters pane.

  4. Enter a name for the category and press Enter.

    The new filter category appears in the Filters list.

Rename a filter category

  1. Open the LEM console. See Log in to the LEM web console or Log in to the LEM desktop console for steps.

  2. Click Monitor.

  3. In the Filters pane, select the category you want to rename.

  4. Click and select Edit.

  5. Enter a new name for the category and press Enter.

    The category name is changed.

Move a filter category up in the list

By default, new filter categories appear at the bottom of the Filters pane. You can rearrange them so that they appear in a different order.

  1. Open the LEM console. See Log in to the LEM web console or Log in to the LEM desktop console for steps.

  2. Click Monitor.

  3. In the Filters pane, click and drag the filter category title bar to a new position.

Move a filter to another category

You can click and drag filters between categories.

  1. Open the LEM console. See Log in to the LEM web console or Log in to the LEM desktop console for steps.

  2. Click Monitor.

  3. In the Filters pane, click to expand the filter category that contains the filter you want to move.

  4. Click and drag the filter to another category.

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    The filter appears in its new category.

     

Move a filter category to another workstation

See Export a filter or filter category for steps.

Create a backup copy of a filter category for archival purposes

See Export a filter or filter category for steps.

Export a filter or filter category

Export filters when you need to:

  • Move one or more filters to another workstation so that another LEM console user can use the same filters
  • Export one or more filters to a folder for backup or archival purposes
  • Send SolarWinds Technical Support a copy of the filter for troubleshooting purposes

Use the Export Filter command to export a single filter. Use the Export Filter Group command to export all of the filters in a filter category.

  1. Open the LEM console. See Log in to the LEM web console or Log in to the LEM desktop console for steps.

  2. Click Monitor.

  3. In the Filters pane, select the filter or the filter category that you want to export.

  4. Click  and select Export Filter or Export Filter Group.

    The Save As dialog box opens.

  5. Choose the location that you want to save the file to, and click Save.

    The exported filter file is saved with a .swfil file extension.

    The exported filter group file is saved with a .swfgp file extension.

Import a filter or filter category

Use the Import Filters/Group command to import either a .swfil filter file, or a .swfgp filter group file into LEM. See Export a filter or filter category to create the .swfil or .swfgp file.

  1. Open the LEM console. See Log in to the LEM web console or Log in to the LEM desktop console for steps.

  2. Click Monitor.

  3. If importing a single filter, select the filter category that you want to add the imported filter to.
  4. Click  and select Import Filters/Group.

    The Open dialog box opens.

  5. Navigate to the filter or filter group file that you want to import.

    Filter files have a .swfil file extension; filter group files have a .swfgp file extension.

  6. Click Open.

    The filter or filter category is added to the Filters pane.

Delete a filter category

Before you delete a filter category, move any filters that you want to save to another filter category.

Deleting a filter category deletes all of the filters stored within that category, as well as all of the widgets associated with the filters.

  1. Open the LEM console. See Log in to the LEM web console or Log in to the LEM desktop console for steps.

  2. Click Monitor.

  3. In the Filters pane, select the filter category you want to delete.

  4. Click icon-delete(whtblackx).png in the filter header.

  5. Click Yes to confirm the delete.

    The filter category and all of its filters are deleted. The filter category no longer appear in the Filters pane.

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