Creating Device Templates

A tutorial on how to create device templates in SevOne


In this video, we're going to show you how to create a device template. A template is very similar to the device summaries that we ship with by default for all devices except that you have a greater degree of control over how the information is displayed, making use of almost all the reporting features that are available to you within a normal dashboard for the template.

A common example for a device template might be a web server, a LAMP stack whereby you prioritize information from the MySQL poller and the Web Status poller a little bit higher up above the machine statistics like frames in, frames out, CPU load and things of that nature, as just one simple example. You can do this for firewalls as well or just about any device in the system, whereby you'd want to look at the same sort of summary report for multiple devices.

Now, to start, you're going to want to go the Report Manager, and you can get there by going up to Reports down to Report Manager. By default, you're not actually going to see any templates, so even if you've already created a template, you're not going to see it in this menu unless you switch this to Yes or Both and apply the filter. I'm going to leave that all for now because we really do just want to create a new report template.

You have two options here. Create Report or Create Report Template. We're going to select the latter. You have the option to give it a name and then select the template type. We're going to cover object templates in a moment, but they're very similar, or I should say in another video. Select the operating type, so whatever objects are available to the generic operating system type, we will be able to see. Now, selecting the appropriate device group is actually somewhat important.

When you go to drill down into a device, you're going to only see the device templates show up for the device groups that you associated this with. I can associate it with more than one, and then, you just select an example device. In this case, I'm going to select Cisco Core Switch. Now, the basics have been primed, I'm going to add Template Item. You can add TopN Reports, Alerts, Performance Metrics, and Devices. As discussed in other videos, they're very similar to how they act and behave in regular reports. The only thing really worth mentioning is the resource limit.

Let's say you wanted to graph out your interfaces as part of the template, you're going to need to increase this number to reflect the number of interfaces or greater than are present on the groups of devices you're running this against. Now, combined, we'll put those indicators on a single graft or report attachment and splitting them out will nest them one under the other. We're going to keep this as combine for now and the resource limit to 5 just for example. What I'm going to do is I'm going to start with an ICMP poller object and I care about availability, hit Finish, and we're going to see just one item there.

I'm going to add another template item, and this time I'm going to select the SNMP poller. The object type will be interface. Again, this is filtered by the operating system type we selected earlier and they may just want in-traffic for now. Some data analysis features again available to you just like I in a regular report and then the visualization options as well, or maybe I wanted a stacked line diagram as part of that as well. I'm just going to hit Finish. We see 5 results being graphed out here for this template. Now, if I were to hit Save and Close, we now have a new template that applies to all devices in our Cisco group.

One way you can drill into one of those devices is by going to the Device Manager. I'm going to reset all the filters. I'm actually going to filter by group this time, so Manufacturer, Cisco, Get Results. I'm going to select the Chicago Voice Gateway. Now, we see the new template that we created. Again, best practices I probably should've named this, so forgive me, but you can see it's a different device, different set of data but looks exactly the same. That in a nutshell what a device template is. You can feel free to explore some of the other report attachments you can add to your device templates.

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