PRTG 9 Manual: Libraries Step By Step

In order to create a new library, follow the steps in this section. In the web interface, click on the Libraries entry in the main menu to show the libraries main screen.

Note: This documentation refers to the PRTG System Administrator user accessing the Ajax interface on a master node. For other user accounts, interfaces, or nodes, not all of the options might be available as described. When using a cluster installation, failover nodes are read-only by default.

In this section:

Step 1: Add Library

Click on the Add Library button. An assistant is shown. Enter a Library Name, and define Tags and Access Rights, if you like. Click on Continue.

For detailed information, see Libraries Settings section.

Add Library Assistent Step 1

Add Library Assistent Step 1

Step 2: Add Library Nodes

Click to the Management tab. You will see a split screen: On the left side, your library is show (empty in the beginning), and on the right side, you see a less colorful view of your device tree, as known from the device tree's Management tab.

From the device tree on the right side, drag objects and drop them on the library on the left side. Each dropped object will be added immediately as a new Library Node. Repeat this procedure as often as you wish until you have added all desired items to the library. Note: When adding single sensors to the library, there can only be one sensor in one library node.

Drag and drop nodes within the library to change their position. If you want to change this monitoring object that is associated with a library node, you can change the Linked Object in the node's settings.

Step 3: Set Library Node Display Settings

You are still in the library Management tab.

Right-click on the name of a Library Node and from the context menu, select Edit | Settings... to change the Node Display Settings. In this dialog, you can change the name of the library and its tags, as well as the linked object, node type, and filters.

These settings are available for each library node. You can choose to either show the Linked Object as a sub-tree of your device tree, or to view a collection of all sensors underneath the Linked Object.

When selecting the sub-tree view, the library node will just look like a branch in your device tree, as shown in the screen shot below for the library node names "My Sub Tree".

Library with one Node Showing a Branch of the Device Tree

Library with one Node Showing a Branch of the Device Tree

When selecting a sensor collection view, only the sensors underneath the Linked Object are shown, omitting probes, groups, and devices. You can additionally filter by certain sensor Type, Status, and Tags. Only matching sensors will be shown. The screen shot below shows the same Linked Object as above, but in sensor collection view, additionally filtered for sensors with a bandwidthsensor tag.

Library with one Node Showing a Collection of Bandwidth Sensors Only

Library with one Node Showing a Collection of Bandwidth Sensors Only

For detailed information, see Libraries and Node Settings (Overview—Library Node Display Settings) section.

Step 4: View

Click on the Overview tab to see the final appearance of your library. You have the following options:

  • Hover an object to view a popup window with recent monitoring and status data.
  • Use the sensor state selection bar to select which sensors you want to see for the library: Simply remove check marks for sensor states you want to hide. Note: This function is the same you know from the device tree's Sensor Status Bar. The setting is reset the next time you open the library.
  • Use the Device Tree Zoom in the upper right corner to change the size of the library display. Note: This function is the same you know from the device tree.
  • Use the Search box in the upper right corner to search the library for a string in object names. Matching objects will be shown full-colored, all others will be grayed out while the filter is active. Click on the small x symbol in the search field to reset the filter. Note: This function is the same you know from the device tree.

It depends on the library's access rights and the currently logged in user account if it will be visible to other PRTG users. Also, clicking on objects (for example, on sensors) will lead to more detailed information about the object or to an error message indicating insufficient access rights—depending on user account and access rights.

In libraries, you can right-click objects to access their Context Menus.





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