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Easily add a Dependency

Easily add a Dependency

I think it would be very handy to be able to simply add a dependency to a node from it's edit screen. Instead of a "Manage Dependencies" button while editing a node, how about the option to add one or more nodes/groups as a parent/child right on that page? With the way our infrastructure is built (76 locations), I need to create hundreds of groups and dependencies in order to prevent alerts from spamming our inboxes. Here's an overview of our setup for context: ASA --> Router --> Servers (we don't monitor switches, our users do a great job of letting us know when those die ).

This would require each location to have two dependencies... one with the ASA as parent, and a group for the router and servers as the child... and another with the router as a parent, and a group for servers as the child. Creating the dependencies alone is tedious enough, let alone creating the groups that are required to add multiple nodes to a dependency. I suppose a secondary request here would be the ability to add multiple nodes as parents/children without requiring them to be in a group.

Thanks,

- Nick

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I am in the same situation as you right now with over 50+ locations that all have a very similar network infrastructure however we are monitoring our switches.  I was thinking about spending the time to start creating all of the necessary dependency groups but I wanted to make sure I set it up properly before I spent the time.  I was thinking of making Parent ASA --> Child Group of Router\Switches and then  Parent Default Gateway Router --> Child All Servers.  I would appreciate it if you let me know if you have implemented this in your environment yet and how it is working for you.

Thanks

-Eric

Hi Eric,

Your configuration sounds about right. I sucked it up and created all the groups and dependencies I needed, it just took a very long time. The system is working well for us so far, but can get a little weird if the location's internet service is flappy. In this case we might get an alert on the router in addition to the ASA, but it's still much better than the alternative.

Thanks,

- Nick

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