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Selection method to use for report objects: Specific Objects, Dynamic Query Builder or SQL SWQL

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Overview

This article provides brief information on methods to use for report objects. 

  • Specific objects
  • Dynamic Query Builer
  • SQL/SWQL

Environment

All Orion Platform products 2013.1.1 and later

Steps

If you want to create a chart for a new, custom group of objects, select Create new object selection, and then select the objects you want to chart using one of the following Selection methods:

  1. Select Specific Objects (static selection) if you know precisely which objects you want to chart.
    Note: This is the most straightforward selection method, and it is preferred both for newer users and for relatively permanent network objects.
  2. Select Dynamic Query Builder to select objects based on object properties.
    Note: This is the preferred selection method for groups of objects of a specified type that may change over time. "All Cisco nodes in Austin" is an example of a group best defined using the Dynamic Query Builder.
  3. Select Advanced DataBase Query (SQL, SWQL) only if you are comfortable querying your SolarWinds database directly, using SQL or SWQL.
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