Flexible filtering of SiteScope Multi-View

Guest post by Sergey Persikov  HP APM Engineering and Michael Hollis, Technical Account Manager,

BSM/OMi and SiteScope Products

 

We recently had a customer who told us they were using SiteScope and how much they enjoyed using the Multi-View feature. This feature provides a single display showing the status of their systems for a number of their operations teams. They were interested in creating multiple Multi-View pages.  In their case, a separate Multi-View for each different operations team.  When they worked with SiteScope, they could not figure out a way to accomplish this. SiteScope has a way to create Multi-View filtering which enables a suitable work-around.  Each team can set up their own filter based on tags that are set up for groups of monitors.

 

 

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With the Multi-View dashboard, HP SiteScope just got a whole lot better! For those who are looking for a lightweight management solution which can manage the various levels of your IT, HP SiteScope has come a long way in satisfying this need. Using the Multi-View dashboard organizations can more easily see the status of their entire enterprise on a single pane.

 

What can be a challenge with Multi-View is filtering the monitors a Multi-View dashboard is reporting status on. The default view will show the entire enterprise.

 

In this blog we will show how, using monitor tags, we can filter what appears in the Multi-View display.

 

Procedure:

Prerequisites

This procedure assumes the following:

 SiteScope 11.22 or greater installed

 Several monitors and groups of monitors created

 

Display Current Multi-View Dashboard

1. Log into your SiteScope Monitor Console

2. Click on the Multi-View button. The Multi-View display will appear.

 

 Sitescope mulit view 1.png

 

3. Determine which monitors we would like to display. In our case we can see that a number of disabled monitors (colored grey). They are not reporting status. We would like to remove these from our Multi-View display.

 

Create a New Tag

Let’s look at the concept of a Search/Filter tag and how to create a new tag. Each monitor has a way to create and add one or more Search/Filter tags:

1. On the SiteScope Monitor Console, click on a monitor, click on the Properties tab and expand the Search/Filter Tag section.

2. Click on the Add Tag button. A dialog will appear.

3. In the dialog, you will need to choose a Tag name, a Tag description and one or more Values. Each Value can be entered using the New (asterisk) button.

4. Click the OK button. The new tag will be created. You will be able to see the tag in the Search/Filter Tags section of the Properties tab for the monitor.

5. You can optionally select this tag for the Monitor by clicking the checkbox for the tag. In the example below, we have checked the MultiView tag.

 

sitescope multi view 2.png 

6. Click on the Save button on the bottom right of the monitor’s Properties page to save the changes to the monitor.

 

 

 

Tag Multiple Monitors

Using SiteScope’s Global Search and Replace feature we can check the new tag for multiple monitors.

1. Right click on the SiteScope icon in the left navigation pane (alternatively you can right click on a folder if you wish to limit the scope) and select the Global Search and Replace button from the menu.

2. The Global Search and Replace wizard will appear. On the Select Type page, select the Monitor radio button.

3. Click on the Next button.

4. On the Select Subtype page, select the checkboxes for each monitor type you are interested in seeing on your MultiView display. In our example, we used the Select All button at the bottom of the page so that all monitor types will have a possibility of showing up in MultiView.

5. Click on the Next button.

6. On the Replace Mode page select the Replace radio button.

7. Click on the Next button.

8. On the Choose Changes page scroll down and expand the Search/Filter Tags section. Check the tag you would like to enable (in our case we are checking the new MultiView tag we created). Check the check box to the left of the listed tags to indicate you would like to make changes to the Search/Filter Tags.

9. Click on the Next button.

10. On the Affected Objects page you have the option to choose individual folders and monitors you want to have tagged. Choose only the monitors and folders you wish to see on your MultiView. In our case we will de-select any of the monitors that we do not wish to see. Monitors that do not report a status will not show up on this list and cannot get tagged.

11. Click on the Next button.

12. The Review Summary page will appear. This page provides you with a chance to review the changes that will be made prior to committing them. In our case we are happy with the changes.

13. Click on the Apply button.

14. The Summary page will appear. This will show all of the changes that occurred. Click on the Finish button.

 

Select Tags In The Multi-View Dashboard

1. Click on the Multi-View button from the SiteScope Monitor Console. The Multi-View display will appear.

2. Select Monitors->Tags.

3. Click on the Apply button. The display changes to only a set of monitors that have the MultiView tag:

 Sitescope multi view 3.png

Now we can see that only the monitors we were interested in showed up on the MultiView display. This approach does not show the original folder hierarchy.

 

Multi-View using SiteScope Monitor Console Tag Filter

You can create persistent filters in the SiteScope Monitor Console, and then use these filters to launch a filtered Multi-View display.

1. Create a new filter on the SiteScope Monitor Console, pull down the Filter button and select the New Filter option.

2. A New Filter dialog will appear. Fill in the General Settings section. You can optionally choose to make this filter available to all SiteScope users by selecting the Public filter checkbox.

3. In the Filter Options section, uncheck the Regular expression checkbox. Select the button next to the Tags: entry. A Filter Tags dialog will appear.

4. Choose the tag you created for MultiView and click on the Save button.

5. The Tags: entry will populate in the New Filter dialog.

6. Click on the OK button.

7. The SiteScope Monitor Console is now filtered by the tag we created and the filter is shown on the left navigation pane:

 

 sitescope multi view 4.png

8. This filter can be pulled down at any time in the future. This can be selected either from SiteScope Monitor Console by selecting the Filter button prior to navigating to displaying Multi-View.   The filter can also be applied in the Multi-View display itself by selecting the Monitors pull down and selecting the Tags option, selecting the MultiView tag we created and then selecting the Apply button.

9. Once the filter has been applied the Multi-View display shows the folder hierarchy, but only the desired monitors.

 

Conclusion:

Using the monitor tags feature in SiteScope a user can customize the Multi-View dashboard. The monitor tags can be used to show subsets of the entire SiteScope system in Multi-View. Multiple tags can be set up to show different subsets depending on the needs of the enterprise.

In our example we decided to create a filter and the monitors we selected were the entire set of disabled monitors. This example is intended to illustrate the technique which can be used to filter monitors based on criteria of your choosing.

 

Try these SiteScope features today!

 

You can also learn more about SiteScope at the homepage here.

 

 

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