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Alerting on Groups vs Custom Properties

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Updated March 11th, 2016


There are 2 ways to setup Groups for Node Grouping:

  1. Grouping via Custom Properties which is the preferred method for Alerts.
  2. Groups for overall Group Status and Dependencies.


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Option 1: Grouping via Custom Properties

Custom Properties are a great way to configure grouping of Nodes, Interfaces, Volumes, and Applications. This is the preferred method to assign a Node to a Group because it will allow you to be able to easily setup Alerts, Filtering, Reports, Asset Inventory, allow you to send the information via alert notification, and Group the Nodes in the All Nodes Tree.

Setup Custom Properties
You can setup and configure Custom Properties under Settings > Manage Custom Properties > Add Custom Property > select the object type you would like to group together, then under the Choose Properties you can then enter in the Property Name, Format (text, numerical, Yes/No Property, Date/Time) and what areas of the product you would like the property applied. In the next screen you can then select the devices and then enter in the Grouping that you would like to enter for the devices.

Option 2: Groups for Node Group Status and Dependencies

The Node Groups allows you to be able to Group Nodes, Interfaces, Applications, etc. into a combined status and allow you to be able to easily find out when a device goes down to easily find the root cause of all of the Down Nodes behind the device. Dependencies only allow for one parent and one child per dependency, so you need to define Groups to associate other Groups to a Child device. This adds an even better reporting so that you can see how the devices are logically connected. Dependencies are configured under Settings > Manage Dependencies

Setup Groups
You can setup and configure Groups under Settings > Manage Groups > Select Add Group > enter the Group Name.


Note: If you expand Advanced you have the options for how you would like the Group overall status to be reported as Mixes Status (default), Show Best Status, and Show Worst Status with how often the status is updated. In the Next screen you can then select the Devices you would like to have added to the Group, then select create Group.

Alerts with Groups from Groups and Dependencies
Alerts with Groups allows you to Alert on the overall Group Status and the Child Member status only. We include 2 Alerts out of the box Alert me when a Group is down and when the Group is in warning and critical. You can only use Group in the Groups and Group Members Alert Type Categories.  If you need a more robust way of Alerting you will need to use Custom Properties to use in all other Alert Categories as well as for Alert Notifications.

Alerts with Grouping from Custom Properties
After you have created a Custom Property, you can use in any of the associated Property Type. Nodes Custom Properties can be used in any category that displays under the Network Nodes under the conditions when you are configuring the Trigger/Reset Tab. When you see the Custom Property Available is when you are also able to insert the information into the Alert Notification via the Variables ${}. The trick is to know how it was configured is how to setup the Variable. Nodes will be ${Nodes.CustomPropertyName} Interfaces as ${Interfaces.CustomPropertyName} for example (see below).


Up to date alert variables

General alert variables



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