6 Replies Latest reply on Feb 3, 2017 5:24 PM by Jay Cummings

    NPM: Feature Request:: Ability to add aditional object types



      We monitor a number of PDU strips which have the ability to be polled for their current power usage.

      Now the current issue with NPM is that you either have nodes, volumnes or interfaces as object. This is normally fine however when you want to add attributes to an object you have to use custom properties.

      So If you have a variety of different objects like- router,switches, pdu stips, door controllers, bms devices etc you may end up with a large number of custom properties most of which would be inappropriate for most except one type of object.

      Hypothetically if my PDU strip has 10 power outlets, i may want to add custom properties P1-10 and then populate it with the name of the device connected. So if the PDU circuit breaker trips and it drops power to all the devices SW can be set to send an alert and with information about all the servers that are at risk/down(in the case of dual power supplies)

      Then to bring up an old request, you may want to add an object to SW that is not monitored at all. For example a server rack. Why would I want to do this. Well lets say you could add in a rack/comms room, that had attributes such as location, access type, contact number, user capacity etc. You would then be able to create a new device view for a rack/comms room that would show the details that you wanted.





        • Re: NPM: Feature Request:: Ability to add aditional object types


          I am in total agreement with this request!


          We are monitoring numerous PDU's and to have it built into NPM would be fantastic.  Instead, as you have alluded to, we have to build custom properties add custom poller objects and build custom views.  This, I thought, would be included within NPM since most all corporations/enterprises have PDU's that need to be monitored.


          I am looking at a third party service to complete this task due to it being way to labor intensive to build everything that is needed to be functional.


          I second the request for PDU's to be added to NPM!




          • Re: NPM: Feature Request:: Ability to add aditional object types

            Could not find anything more recent for PDU posts so sorry for hijacking your post.


            OK so we finally caught up on the technology and now all our PDU's in each Cab are sitting on the network also.  I can now receive alerts and alarms etc via SNMP/SMTP.  I've added them into my Network Diagram in Solarwinds for monitoring.  The bad news is, due to the way the power is configured they are giving me nightmares.  My question is, would it be possible to create a dependency between the two pdu's confirming ones power status to the other? 


            The reason why I need this is, each CAB contains two PDU's.  The left hand PDU is on the UPS and the right hand PDU is direct power.  With the servers having dual power supplies, they receive power from each of the PDU's, when we have our monthly generator test for the building at 7:30am and switched back at 6:00pm , the right hand PDU in each CAB drops power for a second and I get alarms for each of them and every nodes PSU2 effected, around 500 alerts emails and texts for less than 60 seconds switch over.  I was wondering if I could create some kind of conditional rule that would stop this to some degree at least, without risk of missing a genuine fault.


            a) If its on X day of the month and the time is x and your partnered PDU has not complained.  Don't send an Alert Out, just log it

            b) Do nothing if again, the CABs other pdu on UPS is alive and not warning.  Poll again in five minutes see if everything is back to normal.

            c) Create some kind of dependency where the PDU  on UPS is polled for its health by the None UPS PDU and as long as one says all is well and I'm not currently running on batteries, suppress your alert.


            Has anyone got any ideas how and if this is achievable? I'm sorry if this is confusing in description. Welcome to the world of NHS

              • Re: NPM: Feature Request:: Ability to add aditional object types
                Jay Cummings

                There may be a few options for you:


                • there is an option to alerting only during specific times or the option to only send the notifications during specific times
                • monitor both PDUs, but only alert on the UPS PDUs in general and potentially only alert when paired device has been down > 10 minutes
                • When building the alert, use the Advanced drop down on the trigger condition & reset condition to link the two PDUs together.  Only send the alert if both are down, or on batteries
                • use groups to show best and only alert when whole group is down