thwackCamp 2013: Leveraging the Power of Custom Properties

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Custom properties are very useful for customizing how data is presented and acted upon in your monitoring tool. Custom properties can be used in reporting, application grouping, executing scripts and alerting. In this presentation, Leon Adato, Monitoring Architect for Cardinal Health, demonstrates how he creatively uses custom properties to mute alerts and thresholds by device.
Leon Adato - Bio:
After a brief career in theater –highlighted by one voice-over for John Madden Football on Nintendo and a photoshoot offer from foot fetish magazine – Leon began his career in IT as a classroom instructor because a computer trainer is “the only guy in the room who knows what’s on the NEXT page of the book. And probably not much else.” For 5 incredible years he delivered edge-of-your-seat renditions of standard training room classics like “DOS Basics”, “WordStar Tips, Tricks, & Traps”, and “Intro to Windows”. From there Leon worked his way up the IT food chain, from desktop support to server admin to a series of PC standardization efforts and finally into the monitoring arena. 11 years later Leon continues to work in that space, and has experienced the mixture of joy and sorrow involved in deploying tools as varied as SolarWinds, Tivoli, BMC Patrol, OpenView, Nagios, Sitescope, NetIQ and more into environments both large (up to 250,000 systems in 5,000 locations) and small. Leon has been a heavy user of SolarWinds since 2003, and has implemented SolarWinds NPM, SAM, NTA, NCM, IPSLA, and Kiwi Syslog.

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thwackCamp 2013: Leveraging the Power of Custom Properties

  1. 1. Leveraging the Power of Custom Properties With Leon Adato, Monitoring Architect at Cardinal Health® © 2013 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  2. 2. © 2013 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Custom Properties - Uses » Custom asset information – PO #, Purchase date, etc. » Account Limitations » Reporting » Grouping » Executing scripts » Alerting  Mute  Set thresholds by device
  3. 3. Common Uses – Node grouping © 2013 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  4. 4. Common Uses – Alert trigger © 2013 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  5. 5. Please just shut up © 2013 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. MUTE!!
  6. 6. UnManage – Good, but not perfect » No data is being collected!! » WHY is it muted? » Requires start/stop date to work  Leads to 1/1/9999 effect © 2013 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  7. 7. Lights Are Off – Is Anybody Home? » This Node is Unmanaged. » Is it up? » Is it down? » Who knows?!?! © 2013 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  8. 8. And We’re Walking…. © 2013 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  9. 9. Mute – Also Good for Disks! © 2013 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  10. 10. © 2013 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Alert Management Made… easy?
  11. 11. CPU Threshold Per Server NodeID Caption IP_Address CPU_Threshold 5 FakeServer134 10.1.2.3 97 17 HowMayIServerYou 10.1.2.4 80 207 IcanHazSrvrz 10.1.2.5 210 BoomHeadshot 192.168.1.100 250 315 MyLittleServer 172.16.42.42 © 2013 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  12. 12. CPU Alert Customized Per Node © 2013 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  13. 13. © 2013 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. And We’re Walking…
  14. 14. © 2013 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Also Pairs Well With: » RAM » Disk Space » Bandwidth » PacketLoss » …and MORE!
  15. 15. © 2013 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Thank You! The SOLARWINDS and SOLARWINDS & Design marks are the exclusive property of SolarWinds Worldwide, LLC, are registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and may be registered or pending registration in other countries. All other SolarWinds trademarks, service marks, and logos may be common law marks, registered or pending registration in the United States or in other countries. All other trademarks mentioned herein are used for identification purposes only and may be or are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

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