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How to Create a Device Template

Creating a New Device Template

To create a new device template, select Administration → Templates from the main menu to navigate to the Device Templates Administration page.

Click the Add New Template button at the top of the page to open the new device template dialog.

The Add New Template button.

In the dialog that appears, do the following:

The device template creation dialog.
  1. In the TEMPLATE NAME field, enter a unique name for your new device template.
  2. Enter authentication credentials applicable to all devices this template will be applied to.
    1. If using SNMP credentials, in the SNMP VERSION field, select the SNMP version OmniCenter should switch to when authenticating any devices affected by this template. (“No Change” means OmniCenter will continue using whatever version it was already using to access the respective device before this template was applied.)
  3. In the AUTOMATICALLY DISABLE DEVICE field, enter the number of hours a host device affected by this template will be allowed to be “down” before OmniCenter disables (and stops polling) it. (A device disabled this way will be periodically pinged. If it comes back “up” it will be automatically re-added to OmniCenter and polling will resume. All previously stored data for the device will remain intact.)
  4. In the RENOTIFY INTERVAL field, enter the number of minutes OmniCenter will wait since last running action groups (for the current alarm) before running them again (actions typically include sending alert notifications). This basically means, “How long should OmniCenter wait after initially sending alert notifications before sending them again, if no one acknowledges the alarm?” (This setting applies only to host-down alarms. Other types of checks have their own settings for this functionality.)
  5. Set the ENABLE AUTO AUTHENTICATION switch to the desired setting. (Setting this to ON allows OmniCenter to reference the credentials in this device template whenever it attempts to automatically add newly discovered devices. Setting it to OFF will prevent OmniCenter from using these credentials for that purpose.)
  6. In the AUTO CONFIGURATION field, select the desired action for autoconfiguration rules when devices affected by this template are repolled. (Selecting “No Change” means that any autoconfiguration rules contained in this template are applied only once, when a device is first polled after having this template applied to it. But, never again after that.)
  7. Click the Save button.

Your new device template is created and the “Template Components” panel now becomes available. You can leave your new template as it is (if, for example, you only plan to use this template to hold authentication credentials for OmniCenter to use when auto-discovering new devices), or continue and select from a variety of components to add functionality to your device template. If you don’t plan on adding any components, skip to “You’re Finished” at the bottom of this page.

The Template Components panel. This is where you add functionality to your device template, like adding checks to monitor services and device performance.

Click the links below to learn how to add components to your device template.

You’re Finished

Your new device template is now ready to be assigned to a device type, subtype, category, site or individual device. Additional components can always be added later, if desired. If you do add additional components after your device template has been assigned to any devices, remember to reapply your device templates.

Updated on April 2, 2019

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