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Category Device Groups

Description

Netreo uses device groups to organize your monitored devices into administratively manageable sets. This allows you to view, select and edit an entire set of devices as a group. There are three types of device group available to which a device may be added: category, site and strategic group.

Category device groups are used to organize your devices into arbitrary groups based on device class (such as core routers, remote switches, or database servers).

Every device monitored by Netreo always belongs to exactly one category and one site group. A device may also be added to any number of strategic groups. However, no device is required to belong to any strategic group.

How Categories Work

Categories are used to display and select devices that are related by their device type. They are particularly useful to use as device selection options in report, tool and administrative dialogs.

Category Dashboards

Each category is provided with its own dashboard for viewing the health of the devices within the group, as well as the group as a whole. The dashboard for a particular device group can generally be opened by selecting the group name anywhere within Netreo.

A category dashboard.

All of Netreo’s default device group dashboards include a Tactical Overview widget, but may be customized as desired. You may also create your own custom dashboard to assign to any individual device group or to use as a replacement for the default dashboard of an entire device group type.

In addition to the Tactical Overview, category dashboards include tabs displaying things such as trending information about a category’s health.

Device Templates

“Category” is one of the levels in the device template hierarchy at which device templates may be applied to managed devices. Each category may have one device template assigned to it on its configuration page. No category is required to have a device template assigned to it.

Category Management

Only users with the SuperAdmin access level may create and manage categories.

OmniCenter provides several default categories for your convenience, but you may wish to create new categories to suit your organizational needs.

The default categories provided may be deleted, if desired. However, if the default “New Devices” category is deleted, OmniCenter will automatically recreate that category the next time it is needed.

If a device is not assigned to a category at the time it is added to OmniCenter for monitoring—or if OmniCenter cannot determine the device type of that device when it is added—that device is placed into the “New Devices” category.

Every device monitored by OmniCenter always belongs to exactly one category.

Devices may be reassigned to a different category at any time.

Create a new category

  1. Go to the OmniCenter main menu and select Administration > Grouping > Category to open the Category Administration page.
  2. Select Create New Category.
  3. Enter a name your new category.
    • It’s recommended that the name you choose not be longer than approximately 16 characters.
  4. Select the device class that you want the category to contain.
  5. (Optional) Select a device template to associate with this category.
    • You can add or change the device template associated with this category later, if desired.
  6. Select Create Category.

Edit a category

  1. Go to the OmniCenter main menu and select Administration > Grouping > Category to open the Category Administration page.
  2. Locate the category that you wish to edit in the Current Categories table.
  3. Select the edit icon for that category in the ACTIONS column.
  4. Edit the category parameters as desired.
  5. Select Update Category.

Delete a category

  1. Go to the OmniCenter main menu and select Administration > Grouping > Category to open the Category Administration page.
  2. Locate the category that you wish to delete in the Current Categories table.
  3. Select the edit icon for that category in the ACTIONS column.
  4. Select OK at the prompt.
  5. The category is removed from OmniCenter and all devices currently in that category are placed into the “New Devices” category.

Deleting a category will cause all devices currently assigned to that category to be moved into the “New Device” category. Therefore, for convenience, it is recommended that all affected devices be reassigned before deleting the category.

Assign devices to a category

  1. Go to the OmniCenter main menu and select Administration > Grouping > Category to open the Category Administration page.
  2. Locate the category that you wish to edit in the Current Categories table.
  3. Select the edit icon for that category in the ACTIONS column.
  4. On the edit page select the Devices tab.
  5. In the Select Devices to Add panel select a functional group to display the devices in that group.
    • None shows devices that belong to no functional groups.
    • Everything shows all devices monitored by OmniCenter.
  6. Select the checkbox for each device to be added to the category.
    • Selected devices remain selected when searching or navigating the table.
  7. Select Add To Category. The selected devices are reassigned to this category and appear in the Devices in Category panel.
  8. Select more devices to assign or simply navigate away from the edit page when finished.

These steps are for assigning devices to a category manually from Category Administration. In general, you will want devices to be assigned to categories automatically when they are added for monitoring using auto-configuration rules.

Devices may also be assigned to a category manually from the administrative view of the device dashboard.

Assign a device template to a category

  1. Go to the OmniCenter main menu and select Administration > Grouping > Category to open the Category Administration page.
  2. Locate the category that you wish to assign a device template to in the Current Categories table.
  3. Select the edit icon for that category in the ACTIONS column.
  4. In the TEMPLATE field select the device template to assign to this category.
  5. Select Update Category.

See the entry for Device Templates to learn more about device templates and their use.

Assign a custom dashboard to a category

  1. Go to the OmniCenter main menu and select Administration > Grouping > Category to open the Category Administration page.
  2. Locate the category that you wish to assign a custom dashboard to in the Current Categories table.
  3. Select the edit icon for that category in the ACTIONS column.
  4. In the CUSTOM DASHBOARD field select the custom dashboard to assign to this category.
  5. Select Update Category.

See the entry for Custom Dashboards to learn more about custom dashboards and their use.

Updated on May 21, 2020

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