This page reviews the Custom Groups feature.
Custom Groups are collections of host group or service group objects at the user interface level. This feature provides a more streamlined navigation and organization of monitors when using the Status and Event Console applications. The current monitor status (e.g. Critical, Warning) gets bubbled-up to the top from the host groups and service groups members. Custom Groups allow for more freedom to group business functions, locations, or infrastructure setup (e.g. workstations, servers, services) and make them more user accessible, this can be very useful if you have a certain batch of servers attached to an array of servers. And, custom group are more useful from the system manager's perspective too, as the administrator does not have to worry about the problem on the segment he doesn't administer.
In the image below, the top level Custom Group is named Virtualization in which there are three categories of virtualization connections, Docker, VMware and NetApp. Within each of these connection types there is one or more Custom Groups and then the actual configured Host Groups (in this case). The second image displays the Custom Groups in the Status application.
We recreate the example shown here in a sequence of steps below.
Figure: Custom Groups example
Figure: Custom Groups in Status (Virtualization > VMware)
We start by creating all Custom Groups with equal hierarchy. Our image shows that we've created Custom Groups for Virtualization, NetApp, VMware, Docker, NetAppNetwork, Colo, VMware Network, VMwareStorage, and DockerQA is being created.
Then you can start organizing the Custom Groups group membership. The image below shows the first level Virtualization category and the addition of the group members NetApp, VMware, and Docker as the second level. In our example, we use the dialog box to select group membership, you can also drag-and-drop the graphical symbols to build a groups hierarchy.
Here we continue with the process only this time we're adding the membership to the second level categories. In the image below we show the NetApp category and the group member selections NetAppNetwork and Colo.
The last step in our example is to add the actual Host Groups to the Custom Groups. The system will display all system Host Groups and Service Groups.
There are three options for removing Custom Groups which are outlined here. To remove a custom group, left-click on a custom group node, select Delete, and choose one of the following:
|Once a Custom Group is deleted is cannot be restored, you would need to recreate.|