Did you know there are some hidden and not so hidden features in Toolset to improve your productivity, make your life easier and just maybe brighten your day?

 

EVENTS      
Let’s start with events. Did you know you can clear, export, and filter events? Exporting events is good for cases where you need to record an event, say to close a helpdesk ticket. You will probably use clearing and filtering of events most while researching recent or trending events.

 

1. Right click anywhere on the event grid to get access the event actions menu

 

2. Select the feature you would like to use clear, export, filter or change your event settings

 

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TABS      
One thing that irritates me about tab browsing in Chrome and in Firefox is finding a specific tab when you have multiple tabs open. You can do this easily in Toolset. This comes in handy when you have more than a handful of tabs open and can no longer read the tab title.

 

1. Right click on a tab header in the explorer

 

2. Select show gadget

 

3. Choose which gadget to show (the gadget will be shown with a temporary highlight)

 

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NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK      
If you have a large number of devices, sometimes it can be a pain to locate a specific device or a handful with some specific characteristic. With “Group By” and “Filtering” options in the device manager you can elevate this problem.

 

1. Click the “Group By” or “Filtering” dropdowns

 

2. Select the option that best fits your needs (Group By > Status)

 

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GOT FLAPPING?     
If your environment has a lot of flapping you might want to adjust how many bad ICMP polls happen before the Workspace Studio (WSS) starts to notify you that there may be a problem.

 

1. Shutdown Workspace Studio open the settings file. It should be found here:   
<Profile>\Local Settings\Application Data\SolarWinds\Dashboard\MainSettings.xml

 

2. If you don’t’ see the following setting you will need to enter it yourself:

 

<Setting Name="BadConsecutivePingsThreshold" Value="4" Type="System.Int32" />

 

3. Increase the number in the “Value” field to fit your need

 

4. Save and start Workspace Studio (WSS)

 

  
   
TO SNMP POLL OR NOT TO SNMP POLL      
Did you know you can adjust the settings to determine if the Workspace Studio (WSS) will SNMP poll a device that failed an ICMP poll? The default value ‘0’ means do not poll non-responders, but setting it to any other value means it will poll non-responders.

 

1. Shutdown Workspace Studio open the settings file. It should be found here:   
<Profile>\Local Settings\Application Data\SolarWinds\Dashboard\MainSettings.xml

 

2. If you don’t see the following setting you will need to enter it yourself:  
<Setting Name="PollNonResponders" Value="0" Type="System.Int32" />

 

3. Increase the number in the “Value” field to anything but zero

 

5. Save and start WSS

 

  
   
TELNET/SSH DEBUGGING      
If you are having problems with a Telnet/SSH session you can make a simple change so that Telnet/SSH tool will provide debugging information.

 

1. Shutdown Workspace Studio open the settings file. It should be found here:   
<Profile>\Local Settings\Application Data\SolarWinds\Dashboard\MainSettings.xml

 

2. If you don’t see the following setting you will need to enter it yourself:  
<Setting Name="DebugSSHFilename" Value="" Type="System.String" />

 

3. Put a valid filename in the “Value” field such as Value=”C:\MyCoolPath\myCoolFileName.txt”

 

4. Save and start WSS

 

  
   
NUMBER OF DEVICES SHOWN      
Did you know there is an undocumented way set the initial number of devices shown and the amount by which they are incremented when ‘Click to see more devices’ is selected? The current defaults are 200 at the start and increment by 100. Note: Workspace Studio must be completely shut down in order for the settings changes to take effect on re-start. This means the WSS itself as well as and command line instances or detached gadgets. Also remember the more devices you show the less responsive the tree will become (it has been tested up to 2000).      

 

1. Shutdown Workspace Studio open the settings file. It should be found here:   
<Profile>\Local Settings\Application Data\SolarWinds\Dashboard\MainSettings.xml

 

2. Add the following two lines to the MainSettings file anywhere between the opening and closing DashboardSettings node of the xml file:  
<Setting Name="DeviceTrees_MaxItemsVisibleAtStart" Value="500" Type="System.Int32" />   
<Setting Name="DeviceTrees_MaxItemsIncrement" Value="100" Type="System.Int32" />

 

3. Save and start WSS

 

  
   
THEMES      
Did you know you can change the theme of the entire UI in Toolset? I show you this with the trust you will never ever abuse this power and create an Aggies or Longhorn theme, but then again we do have a Hello Kitty theme which is close enough. J

 

1. Shutdown Workspace Studio open the settings file. It should be found here:   
<Profile>\Local Settings\Application Data\SolarWinds\Dashboard\MainSettings.xml

 

2. Save a copy of the original MainSettings.xml file in a safe place

 

3. Replace the current theme settings with the following Superman theme (see below for more):  
<Setting Name="GroupHeader_BackColor1" Value="16711680" Type="System.Int32" />   
<Setting Name="GroupHeader_BackColor2" Value="16711680" Type="System.Int32" />   
<Setting Name="GroupHeader_ForeColor" Value="16776960" Type="System.Int32" />   
<Setting Name="GroupHeader_BorderColor" Value="4210752" Type="System.Int32" />   
<Setting Name="Mdi_BackColor1" Value="4210943" Type="System.Int32" />   
<Setting Name="Mdi_BackColor2" Value="192" Type="System.Int32" />   
<Setting Name="Mdi_ForeColor" Value="16776960" Type="System.Int32" />   
<Setting Name="Mdi_BorderColor" Value="4210752" Type="System.Int32" />   
<Setting Name="ActiveTab_BackColor1" Value="16711680" Type="System.Int32" />   
<Setting Name="ActiveTab_BackColor2" Value="16711680" Type="System.Int32" />   
<Setting Name="ActiveTab_ForeColor" Value="16776960" Type="System.Int32" />   
<Setting Name="ActiveTab_BorderColor" Value="4210752" Type="System.Int32" />   
<Setting Name="PnlTitle_BackColor1" Value="16776960" Type="System.Int32" />   
<Setting Name="PnlTitle_BackColor2" Value="16776960" Type="System.Int32" />   
<Setting Name="PnlTitle_ForeColor" Value="255" Type="System.Int32" />   
<Setting Name="PnlTitle_BorderColor" Value="4210752" Type="System.Int32" />   
<Setting Name="ActivePnlTitle_BackColor1" Value="16711680" Type="System.Int32" />   
<Setting Name="ActivePnlTitle_BackColor2" Value="16711680" Type="System.Int32" />   
<Setting Name="ActivePnlTitle_ForeColor" Value="255" Type="System.Int32" />   
<Setting Name="ActivePnlTitle_BorderColor" Value="4210752" Type="System.Int32" />   
<Setting Name="XbarHdr_BackColor1" Value="8421631" Type="System.Int32" />   
<Setting Name="XbarHdr_BackColor2" Value="8421504" Type="System.Int32" />   
<Setting Name="XbarHdr_ForeColor" Value="16776960" Type="System.Int32" />   
<Setting Name="XbarHdr_BorderColor" Value="4210752" Type="System.Int32" />   
<Setting Name="XbarHotTrack_BackColor1" Value="4210943" Type="System.Int32" />   
<Setting Name="XbarHotTrack_BackColor2" Value="4210752" Type="System.Int32" />   
<Setting Name="XbarHotTrack_ForeColor" Value="16776960" Type="System.Int32" />   
<Setting Name="XbarHotTrack_BorderColor" Value="4210752" Type="System.Int32" />   
<Setting Name="XbarActiveHdr_BackColor1" Value="4210943" Type="System.Int32" />   
<Setting Name="XbarActiveHdr_BackColor2" Value="4210752" Type="System.Int32" />   
<Setting Name="XbarActiveHdr_ForeColor" Value="16711680" Type="System.Int32" />   
<Setting Name="XbarActiveHdr_BorderColor" Value="4210752" Type="System.Int32" />

 

4. Save and start WSS (you should see your new theme, which in this case is Superman)

 

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More themes:

 

Hello Kitty

 

  <Setting Name="GroupHeader_BackColor1" Value="16752895" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="GroupHeader_BackColor2" Value="15777984" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="GroupHeader_ForeColor" Value="16711680" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="GroupHeader_BorderColor" Value="4210752" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="Mdi_BackColor1" Value="16768767" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="Mdi_BackColor2" Value="16777215" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="Mdi_ForeColor" Value="16711680" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="Mdi_BorderColor" Value="4210752" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="ActiveTab_BackColor1" Value="16752895" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="ActiveTab_BackColor2" Value="16777215" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="ActiveTab_ForeColor" Value="8388608" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="ActiveTab_BorderColor" Value="4210752" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="PnlTitle_BackColor1" Value="16772863" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="PnlTitle_BackColor2" Value="15658734" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="PnlTitle_ForeColor" Value="16711680" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="PnlTitle_BorderColor" Value="4210752" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="ActivePnlTitle_BackColor1" Value="16761087" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="ActivePnlTitle_BackColor2" Value="12632256" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="ActivePnlTitle_ForeColor" Value="16711680" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="ActivePnlTitle_BorderColor" Value="4210752" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="XbarHdr_BackColor1" Value="16768767" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="XbarHdr_BackColor2" Value="13158600" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="XbarHdr_ForeColor" Value="16711680" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="XbarHdr_BorderColor" Value="4210752" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="XbarHotTrack_BackColor1" Value="16752895" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="XbarHotTrack_BackColor2" Value="12632256" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="XbarHotTrack_ForeColor" Value="16711680" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="XbarHotTrack_BorderColor" Value="4210752" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="XbarActiveHdr_BackColor1" Value="16752895" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="XbarActiveHdr_BackColor2" Value="12632256" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="XbarActiveHdr_ForeColor" Value="8388608" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="XbarActiveHdr_BorderColor" Value="4210752" Type="System.Int32" />

 

    
     
Mint Sherbert

 

  <Setting Name="GroupHeader_BackColor1" Value="32768" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="GroupHeader_BackColor2" Value="0" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="GroupHeader_ForeColor" Value="15790288" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="GroupHeader_BorderColor" Value="4210752" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="Mdi_BackColor1" Value="14614494" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="Mdi_BackColor2" Value="16777215" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="Mdi_ForeColor" Value="16384" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="Mdi_BorderColor" Value="4210752" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="ActiveTab_BackColor1" Value="32768" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="ActiveTab_BackColor2" Value="16777215" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="ActiveTab_ForeColor" Value="15790288" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="ActiveTab_BorderColor" Value="4210752" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="PnlTitle_BackColor1" Value="15663086" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="PnlTitle_BackColor2" Value="15658734" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="PnlTitle_ForeColor" Value="16384" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="PnlTitle_BorderColor" Value="4210752" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="ActivePnlTitle_BackColor1" Value="12648384" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="ActivePnlTitle_BackColor2" Value="12632256" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="ActivePnlTitle_ForeColor" Value="16384" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="ActivePnlTitle_BorderColor" Value="4210752" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="XbarHdr_BackColor1" Value="14614494" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="XbarHdr_BackColor2" Value="13158600" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="XbarHdr_ForeColor" Value="5605461" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="XbarHdr_BorderColor" Value="4210752" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="XbarHotTrack_BackColor1" Value="10551200" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="XbarHotTrack_BackColor2" Value="12632256" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="XbarHotTrack_ForeColor" Value="5605461" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="XbarHotTrack_BorderColor" Value="4210752" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="XbarActiveHdr_BackColor1" Value="10551200" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="XbarActiveHdr_BackColor2" Value="12632256" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="XbarActiveHdr_ForeColor" Value="16384" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="XbarActiveHdr_BorderColor" Value="4210752" Type="System.Int32" />

 

 

 

Royal

 

  <Setting Name="GroupHeader_BackColor1" Value="8388736" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="GroupHeader_BackColor2" Value="0" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="GroupHeader_ForeColor" Value="15782128" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="GroupHeader_BorderColor" Value="4210752" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="Mdi_BackColor1" Value="10485920" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="Mdi_BackColor2" Value="4473924" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="Mdi_ForeColor" Value="15782128" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="Mdi_BorderColor" Value="4210752" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="ActiveTab_BackColor1" Value="8388736" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="ActiveTab_BackColor2" Value="4473924" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="ActiveTab_ForeColor" Value="15782128" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="ActiveTab_BorderColor" Value="4210752" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="PnlTitle_BackColor1" Value="16752895" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="PnlTitle_BackColor2" Value="12632256" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="PnlTitle_ForeColor" Value="4194368" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="PnlTitle_BorderColor" Value="4210752" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="ActivePnlTitle_BackColor1" Value="16744703" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="ActivePnlTitle_BackColor2" Value="4473924" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="ActivePnlTitle_ForeColor" Value="4194368" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="ActivePnlTitle_BorderColor" Value="4210752" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="XbarHdr_BackColor1" Value="16768767" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="XbarHdr_BackColor2" Value="13158600" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="XbarHdr_ForeColor" Value="8934792" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="XbarHdr_BorderColor" Value="4210752" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="XbarHotTrack_BackColor1" Value="16752895" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="XbarHotTrack_BackColor2" Value="12632256" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="XbarHotTrack_ForeColor" Value="8934792" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="XbarHotTrack_BorderColor" Value="4210752" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="XbarActiveHdr_BackColor1" Value="16752895" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="XbarActiveHdr_BackColor2" Value="6316128" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="XbarActiveHdr_ForeColor" Value="4194368" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="XbarActiveHdr_BorderColor" Value="4210752" Type="System.Int32" />

 

 

 

Royal Kitty

 

  <Setting Name="GroupHeader_BackColor1" Value="8388736" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="GroupHeader_BackColor2" Value="0" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="GroupHeader_ForeColor" Value="15782128" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="GroupHeader_BorderColor" Value="4210752" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="Mdi_BackColor1" Value="16768767" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="Mdi_BackColor2" Value="16777215" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="Mdi_ForeColor" Value="4194368" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="Mdi_BorderColor" Value="4210752" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="ActiveTab_BackColor1" Value="8388736" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="ActiveTab_BackColor2" Value="16777215" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="ActiveTab_ForeColor" Value="15782128" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="ActiveTab_BorderColor" Value="4210752" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="PnlTitle_BackColor1" Value="16772863" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="PnlTitle_BackColor2" Value="15658734" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="PnlTitle_ForeColor" Value="4194368" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="PnlTitle_BorderColor" Value="4210752" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="ActivePnlTitle_BackColor1" Value="16761087" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="ActivePnlTitle_BackColor2" Value="12632256" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="ActivePnlTitle_ForeColor" Value="4194368" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="ActivePnlTitle_BorderColor" Value="4210752" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="XbarHdr_BackColor1" Value="16768767" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="XbarHdr_BackColor2" Value="13158600" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="XbarHdr_ForeColor" Value="8934792" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="XbarHdr_BorderColor" Value="4210752" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="XbarHotTrack_BackColor1" Value="16752895" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="XbarHotTrack_BackColor2" Value="12632256" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="XbarHotTrack_ForeColor" Value="8934792" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="XbarHotTrack_BorderColor" Value="4210752" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="XbarActiveHdr_BackColor1" Value="16752895" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="XbarActiveHdr_BackColor2" Value="12632256" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="XbarActiveHdr_ForeColor" Value="4194368" Type="System.Int32" />

 

  <Setting Name="XbarActiveHdr_BorderColor" Value="4210752" Type="System.Int32" />