Custom Properties and Account Limitations - SolarWinds Training - Network Performance Monitor

Date:
10/30/2012
Duration:
323
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This video walks through creating custom properties and account limitations in SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM). NPM makes it easy to quickly detect, diagnose, and resolve performance issues and delivers real-time views and dashboards that enable you to visually track network performance at a glance.

Understanding how to limit user accounts will make your IT Infrastructure more secure and your team focused on their individual responsibilities.

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In this section we will begin discussing the backend applications 

offering advanced

 

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configuration options for Orion.

 

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We will begin by identifying the console applications and where to find 

them,

 

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then we will move onto the first application, the Custom Property Editor.

 

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Finally, we'll take a look at the Account Limitation Builder.

 

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The backend configuration applications are used in conjunction with the 

web console

 

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and provide additional configuration options for Orion.

 

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They are found in the SolarWinds Orion program group in the Start menu on 

the SolarWind server.

 

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From here they are grouped into categories such as alerting, reporting, 

and mapping,

 

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so users can easily identify which category they are looking for.

 

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Custom Properties allowed the user to add descriptive properties

 

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 to nodes, interfaces, and volumes.

 

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Custom properties are very flexible and can be used for a wide variety of 

configurations

 

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in almost every area of the web console.

 

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Custom properties are very flexible and can be used for a wide variety of 

configurations

 

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in almost every area of the web console.

 

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Once created, the property values can be set by importing from CSV, or 

text files,

 

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or manually set through the web console.

 

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For this example, let's go ahead and create a custom property 

 

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to identify a node as a server or network device.

 

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To create a custom property from scratch go to Settings, Node and Group 

Management, 

 

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Manage Custom Properties.

 

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Here you have the option to manage current custom properties or to create 

new ones.

 

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Click the "Add Custom Property" button.

 

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At this point, you will be prompted to define if the property is for 

node, interface, or volume.

 

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For our example, we'll select "Node" and click "Next."

 

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On this screen we'll have the option of using one of several pre-

configured property templates

 

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on the left or creating a new custom property.

 

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We'll select "Custom Property" and assign the property a name and 

description.

 

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For this example, we will define the format as text, 

 

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but there are other formats available as well.

 

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We can also create a custom drop-down list for this property by selecting 

the checkbox

 

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next to the restrict values.

 

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Once selected, we have the option to create custom values for our drop-

down list.

 

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In this example, we don't need a drop-down list, so I'll clear the 

checkbox and click "Next."

 

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Finally, we will assign this property to our nodes by clicking the 

"Select Nodes" button.

 

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In this window we can select specific nodes or groups of nodes

 

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and click the "Add" button to add them to our list

 

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or use the "Select All" button to apply this custom property to all 

nodes.

 

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Once we have our node list complete, we'll click "Select Nodes" to exit 

this window.

 

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Click "Submit" to finish creating and assigning this property.

 

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Once the process is complete, you will be directed 

 

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back to the Manage Custom Properties window.

 

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Here you can edit the properties at any time, assign a property to 

additional nodes,

 

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import or export properties, or delete them.

 

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The Account Limitation builder is found in the Grouping and Access 

Control section.

 

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It allows custom properties to be used as an account 

 

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or view limitations within the web console.

 

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These help ensure that administrators can create dynamic account 

limitations

 

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and site access so that users can only access information relevant 

 

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to their job or location.

 

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To add an account limitation, start by clicking the "Add" button.

 

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Here you can name the limitation and assign it a custom property.

 

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Under Selection Method, you have the options for checkboxes, pattern 

matching,

 

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or single selection.

 

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Pattern matching allows you to use text strings and wildcards to specify 

the limitation.

 

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Check boxes allow you to select one or more values already defined.

 

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Single selection will give you the drop-down allowing only one option for 

the limitation value.

 

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Once created here, the limitations will show in the Limitations area 

 

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of the Edit Users section in the web console.

 

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Let's go ahead and add an account limitation for our device function 

custom property.

 

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Now in this case, I would just select the property first 

 

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and the name will be automatically populated so I don't have to fill that 

part out.

 

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Also, I could have users that need access to devices with different 

functions,

 

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so I will make this a checkbox limitation.

 

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Now that we have our account limitation built, we can apply it to a user 

account.

 

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Going back to the web console, I will click "Settings" and then "Manage 

Accounts."

 

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I am going to select "Cheryl" and click "Edit."

 

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Under Account Limitations I will click "Add Limitation."

 

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Since Cheryl is a network admin and doesn't need to see the details about 

the servers,

 

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we can go ahead and remove them from her view by selecting only network.

 

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Once configured, I will save the changes and that will apply the 

limitation to the account.

 

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