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How NCM assigns device templates to nodes

Updated: December 4, 2018

You can assign a device template to a node manually or allow SolarWinds NCM to assign templates to nodes automatically.

To enable NCM to determine which device template to use for a node:

  • The node must be configured to allow automatic assignment. (Automatic assignment is selected by default.)
  • SNMP communication must be configured on the node.

Nodes must be configured to allow SolarWinds NCM to determine which template to assign to the node.

When nodes allow NCM to assign a device template to them, NCM uses the System OID to find a device template that best matches the node. NCM selects from the templates that are available for automatic detection.

Manually assign a device template or enable automatic assignment

  1. Click Settings > All Settings.
  2. Select a node, and then click Edit Properties.Under Node & Group Management, click Manage Nodes.
  3. Scroll to the bottom and make sure Manage Node(s) with NCM is set to Yes.
  4. Under NCM Properties > CLI Device Template, select one of the following from the Device Template list:
    • To enable automatic assignment, select Auto Determine.


    • To manually assign a device template, select the device template.

  5. Click Submit.

Specify whether a template is available for automatic assignment

You can specify which device templates NCM chooses from when it automatically assigns a template. For example, if you create a custom device template to use in place of a template that is shipped with NCM, you can make the custom template available for automatic assignment, and turn that feature off for the standard template.

When the Use for auto-detect option is set to No, the template is used only if it is manually assigned to a device.

  1. Click Settings > All Settings.
  2. Under Node & Group Management, click Manage Device Templates.

    The Use for auto-detect column contains Yes or No to indicate whether each template will be used for auto-detection.


  3. Locate the device template you want to enable or disable:
    • To disable auto-detection, click the Yes button and then click Yes at the confirmation prompt.
    • To enable auto-detection, click the No button.


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