Best practice

It is recommended to use the auto detection engine of BLESK (called NDD) to add new devices to the APM module. This will save you a lot of time when you have many devices to monitor and will also make it possible for the system to use imported devices to populate the other BLESK modules at the same time.

1. Before scanning your network with the auto detection engine of BLESK (NDD), it is a good idea to first create all the groups (Host groups) under which you want to display the different devices you want to import into the APM module for monitoring.

How to create a Host group ?
To create a new Host group, go to “APM | Configure | Administration | Supervision | Host groups” then click on the “Add” button.

Then define a name for your Host group and a description. Don’t forget to activate the Host group by checking the boxes “Registered” and “Active” on the page before clicking on the “Save” button.

 

2. Once all of your “Host groups” have been created as explained above, it’s time to go to the detection engine (NDD) and start a new scan to detect devices and export them into the APM module for monitoring. We assume that all require credentials have already been entered into the credential tab of the auto detection engine.

How to start a new scan ?

To start a new scan, click the icon located at the upper right corner of the main page of BLESK, then click on the “Auto Detection” link that appears on the menu.

This will redirect you to the NDD module (the auto detection engine) where you’ll have to enter the range of IP address to scan.

 

3. After a few minutes, tables will appear where you can see all detected devices sorted into different groups according to their types. The groups represent the pre-defined default groups mentioned previously in this document. If you have created custom groups in the “Administration” section of the APM module, you can use them here by selecting devices and moving them into the custom groups before exporting the devices to APM.

How to move devices into another group ?

To move devices into another group, select them from the default group under which they are listed and select from the pull down menu at the top of the default group the new group under which you want to place them.

 

4. This will move the selected devices into the new group, and this new group table will now appear. From there you can select devices available inside this new group table and click the “Import” button to import them into the APM module for monitoring.

In this way, the devices that we have imported into the APM module of BLESK are already in the correct group under which we want them to appear. We will not have to manually move them into the correct group under the “Administration” section of APM.

Note: Using the auto detection does not affect the contact groups because all services template already have their contact group defined in the default configuration of the service in question.