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How Caption field for nodes is determined

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Created by William Muhle, last modified by Michael Almadova on Jan 13, 2017

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This article provides information on how Caption field for nodes is determined. 


All versions of the Orion products


Upon node discovery, the software attempts to poll the Sysname from the device and it resolves the IP address to find the DNS. By design, Orion prefers to fill in the Caption field with the Sysname if it is able to poll that from the device. If it cannot poll it from the device, it fills the Caption field in with the DNS.  


This only works when the device is added into Orion, by design, the product will not update the Caption field with new information as we do not want to erase custom information that the user has put in there.




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10:50, 13 Jan 2017