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Device Templates Administration Pages

Device Templates Administration Page

The Device Templates Administration page, showing the list of device templates available for use.

This page is where device templates are created and managed. It is only available to users with SuperAdmin privileges, and can be found by navigating to Administration → Templates. See below for page features.

“Add New Template” Button
Opens the Device Template Create page (see below).

“Configure Template Usage” Button
This drop-down selector opens additional admin pages where device templates can be assigned assigned to the respective targets. If you select “Device,” you will be taken to a page where you can assign device templates to managed devices en masse.

“Rediscover Devices and Apply Templates” Button
Opens the Repoll Devices page, where selected devices can be scheduled for an autodiscovery poll. Any device templates assigned to these devices will be (re)applied.

“Enable Template Usage” Button
Opens the Enable Use Templates page, which allows you to enable/disable device template usage for managed devices in en masse.

“Device Templates Cloud Library” Button
Opens the Device Template Cloud Library page (or Overview cloud library for Overview client OmniCenters) where preconfigured device templates can be downloaded.

“Template Released Report” Button
Opens the Unlocked Threshold Report page, which displays threshold checks on individual managed devices that have been set by device templates, but have had their settings manually unlocked and overridden.

“Baseline Templates” Button
Opens the Template Baseline page. This tool helps administrators tune their device template settings to produce the least alarms while maintaining the highest reliability.

Device Templates Table
This table displays all of the device templates that currently exist in OmniCenter. (The “Default” template is applied globally to all managed devices using device templates, and should not be manually assigned to anything.)

The table columns are as follows:

TEMPLATE NAME
The name of the device template.

TYPE
The number of device types that currently have the device template assigned to them.

SUBTYPE
The number of device subtypes that currently have the device template assigned to them.

SITE
The number of site device groups that currently have the device template assigned to them.

CATEGORY
The number of category device groups that currently have the device template assigned to them.

FUNCTIONAL GROUP
The number of functional group strategic groups that currently have the device template assigned to them.

DEVICE
The number of managed devices that have the template assigned directly to them.

ACTIONS
The actions available for managing the device template. Each icon is explained in the table below.

Icon Description

Upload – For uploading a device template to a cloud library. A regular OmniCenter appliance or Overview will upload the device template to the Netreo cloud library, where it will then appear for download by anyone (pending Netreo approval). An Overview client OmniCenter will upload the device template to the cloud library of its Overview, where it will then be available for immediate download to any of the other client OmniCenters of that Overview.

Copy – Duplicates the device template and adds it to the device templates table with “Copy of …” prepended to the original template name.

Edit – Opens the Device Template Edit page (see below).

Delete – Deletes the template and removes it from the list. (Does not apply to the “Default” device template, which cannot be deleted.)

Device Template Create Page

This page is where you will initially configure a new device template. When you first create a new device template, it is empty of additional options. Only authentication information is supplied in the initial creation of the template, in case you wish to use the template only as storage for authentication information. The fields and their meanings are explained under the section Device Template Edit Page (below).

Open this page by clicking the Add New Template button on the Device Templates Administration page.

Device Template Edit Page

Existing device templates can be edited by finding their name in the device templates table (on the Device Templates Administration page) and clicking the edit icon in its respective ACTIONS column.

Any aspect of a device template may be edited, including its name (except for the “Default” template—its name cannot be changed). Once a template has been edited to your satisfaction, click the arrow icon at the top of the Authentication Credentials panel to return to the main administration page. Don’t forget to repoll the affected devices so that your changes will take effect.

Device templates do not support the use of symbols (© ® ™, etc.) in any text entry fields. The use of such symbols in text fields while configuring device templates may result in unexpected behavior.

Authentication Credentials Panel

Here can enter a name for the template and any authentication credentials you would like to include. The fields and their meanings are explained below. Any changes made in this panel (including the template name) require you to click the Update button before making any changes to other sections of the template—otherwise the changes here will be lost.

TEMPLATE NAME
This field specifies the name of this device template. Enter a name that will help you identify the purpose of this template.

WINDOWS DOMAIN
If you’ve created an Active Directory service account for OmniCenter to use for device polling, enter the domain name here.

USERNAME
The username for the above Active Directory account.

PASSWORD
The password for the above Active Directory account.

SNMP READ ONLY
For SNMP-based device access, enter your read-only SNMP community string here.

SNMP READ/WRITE
For SNMP-based device access, enter your read/write SNMP community string here.

ENABLE PASSWORD
On network devices that use a second level of authentication to issue configuration commands, enter the password to enable with here. This field is required for configuration management. If you use a username that is pre-enabled (logs in at the highest level of device access without further authentication), leave this field blank. Do not use this field when configuring Windows devices.

SNMP VERSION
This field allows you to specify the SNMP version to use for communication with the device this template is applied to. The options are v1, v2c, v3, and “No Change”. “No Change” leaves the version currently assigned to a device unchanged.

AUTOMATICALLY DISABLE DEVICE
This field specifies the timer (in hours) for auto device disabling. Any managed device that has been down for this many hours will automatically have device polling disabled for it. See “Automatic Device Disabling” for more information.

V3 USERNAME
For SNMPv3-based device polling, enter a valid account username here.

V3 PASSWORD
The password for the above username.

V3 AUTH ALGORITHM
Choose between MD5 or SHA

V3 PRIVACY PASSWORD
Enter your SNMPv3 privacy password here.

V3 PRIVACY ALGORITHM
Choose between AES128, DES, or 3DES.

RENOTIFY INTERVAL
This field sets the host-down RENOTIFY INTERVAL (in minutes) for the device this template is applied to. See the entry for host checks for more information.

ENABLE AUTO AUTHENTICATION
This field sets whether or not OmniCenter will try to use the credentials specified in this device template when attempting to access a device.

AUTO CONFIGURATION
This field allows you to specify the autoconfiguration behavior for the device this template is applied to. The options are “No Change” and “Run On Every Discovery Poll”. “No Change” leaves the behavior currently assigned to a device unchanged. “Run On Every Discovery Poll” sets the device autodiscovery behavior to “Run Every Repoll”. See Autoconfiguration Parameters for more information.

Template Components Panel

This panel is where you assign host alert contacts and service and threshold checks to the template. Changes made in the Template Components panel are saved and applied immediately, and no further action is required. The tables and their contents are explained below.

Host Alert Table

This table displays a list of the host alert contacts included in this template along with their escalation tier. Click the plus button to add a new host alert contact to the table. Remember, host alert contacts are added to devices cumulatively, and don’t override other host alert contacts. See Host Alert Contacts for more information.

Service Checks Table

This table displays a list of the service checks included in this template. Click the plus button to add a new service check to the table. See Service Checks for more information.

Thresholds Table

This section of the Template Components panel displays the settings for the threshold checks included in this template. Click the plus button to add a new threshold check to the table. See Threshold Checks for more information.

Logging Rules Table

This section of the Template Components panel displays the logging rules included in this template. Click the plus button to add a new logging rule to the table. Remember, logging rules are added to devices cumulatively, and don’t override other logging rules. See Logging Rules for more information.

Configuration Management Ruleset Table

This section of the Template Components panel displays the device configuration management rulesets included in this template. Click the plus button to add a new configuration ruleset to the table.

Template Usage Panel

This panel displays where this device template is assigned. The ACTIONS column has a single action available: Edit. For the Type and Subtype entries, clicking the edit icon will open the configuration page for the respective type or subtype. For the Site, Category and Device entries, clicking the edit icon will open the general administration page for that item.

Updated on July 17, 2020

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