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Feature Spotlight: Autoconfiguration

Editor's Note

This article originally appeared in the December 2017 edition of the Netreo Newsletter.

Do you have so many devices in your network that configuring them for effective monitoring in OmniCenter has become its own job? Is your network so dynamic—with new devices coming and going so frequently— that it’s nearly impossible to keep up with ensuring that they all get configured in a timely manner? If those circumstances sound familiar, then OmniCenter’s new autoconfiguration feature is here to save the day.

Why autoconfiguration?
OmniCenter has the capability to collect and monitor data from an enormous range of device types, without the need for intrusive clients, agents, or probes. While we work hard to minimize the burden of configuring and optimizing devices much as possible, nothing beats fully automatic configuration. In a large, dynamic environment, where new devices are continuously being added and removed from a network (virtual server services, for example), ensuring that all newly added devices are configured in a timely manner can prove difficult.

Introducing autoconfiguration rules
Introduced in September 2017 to OmniCenter 10,  “autoconfiguration” is a set of rules applied to each new device when added (manually or automatically) that can automatically assign correct device groups (categories, sites and strategic groups) and appropriate subtypes based on things OmniCenter has learned about the device. Device templates assigned to each device group and subtype are then also automatically applied to complete the configuration. This further speeds up the process for on-boarding new devices into OmniCenter.

By letting administrators quickly and easily create and edit their own rules, it becomes much easier to keep pace with rapidly evolving networks.

Making it work for you
Creating new autoconfiguration rules in OmniCenter is incredibly easy. To begin, navigate to Administration → Change Devices → Autoconfiguration Parameters using the main menu. This opens the autoconfiguration rules administration page, where new rules can be created and existing ones edited. There will already be a number of default rules configured here. You can take a look at these rules to be familiar with what they do. Click the edit button in the ACTIONS column of any rule to see its parameters. For more information, visit this Netreo Knowledge Base article.

Manually configuring large numbers of devices can lead to configuration errors. Having a  set of well-thought-out autoconfiguration rules (coupled with a well-developed device template strategy) will save a significant amount of work. Doing away with manual device configuration tasks can dramatically speed up the process of onboarding devices into OmniCenter, as well as reducing the workload on your IT staff.

So, what are you waiting for? Make sure your OmniCenter is up to date, set up some rules, and enjoy faster, more automated device onboarding now!

Updated on January 17, 2019

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