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Custom Properties for Groups

Custom Properties for Groups

Couldn't see a request for this yet....Having custom properties for groups would be great.

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Level 15

Can you tell us a little more about what you would do if you had these? For example: reporting, specific views, alerting, etc?

Level 9

The most important for us right now would be contact information.  We use groups to determine the health of multi-tiered applications so support can be any number of teams.  If a part of the application breaks in one of the groups, we don't have any way to supply the correct contact info for the alert.  As there is no guarantee that a group will contain a node, we cannot rely on a custom property from the nodes table to get that contact info in there.  Another idea that jumps out is custom property for SLA level.  We have custom properties for nodes that indicate what SLA that node must meet.  Alerts are created to take different actions depending on the different SLA of the node, the same logic would be great for groups.

I'm sure there are a number of other use cases but the 2 above stand out for us.

Level 12

It would be great to use the Group custom properties for filtering Group List. Example only show me groups that have custom property value of XX in the group list.

Currently I have situation where I have limitations by user and when a user views the home screen which has the "All Groups" list all groups are listed even though they do not apply to that user since there are no member devices listed either. The other way to fix this specific issue would be to have an "Auto Hide" if empty option on the "All Groups" list so that if all members of a group were filtered through a limitation the empty group would not be shown.

Level 14

This is essential.

Custom property field(s) or defined field(s) to filter group lists presented to different audiences would be nice. Where over time you could create a large number of location based groups to leverage dependencies on associated location router groups, the list can get quite long.

Nesting groups is possible, however dynamic query isn't available to maintain the nest over time. The combination of custom property with dynamic query to nest groups would be great.

Level 14

I agree all of them. Nice comment.

Level 8

I too think this as a very important feature and would like to see it on your feature list with a very high priority for the next release!

Level 8

I too think this as a very important feature and would like to see it on your feature list with a very high priority for the next release!

I too think this as a very important feature and would like to see it on your feature list with a very high priority for the next release!

Level 10

I group all equipment I have by physical location.  I would ideally utilize this to maintain geocoded information in custom properties of the group, as well as priority and type of location (i.e. hospital, clinic, etc.).  Having priority and location type within the group would allow for me to build alerting logic to notify certain support teams based of the status of the group.  I currently maintain a separate DB with a table that has all this information, and I have to call an external program that I wrote in perl to do joins between the tables in the NPM DB and my custom DB to marry the information so that I can notify via email to specific groups.  Having custom properties on groups in NPM natively would allow me to do all the logic there rather than having to pass it to an external program.