What is a device?

A device is a piece of hardware from which we can collect data. The device will have a host name and an IP address and we can collect data using:

 

SNMP
Traps
Netflow
Syslogs
Etc.

 

 

Devices are made up of different components.

 

Here are some examples:
A CPU
Interfaces
Some traffic shaping policies
Various environmental monitors
Power supplies
Cooling
fans
Line
cards
Radios
Memory

 

Each of these components have a unique identifier. For example: An interface might be called fe0/1, a policy map might be called gold or silver, a CPU might reside on a line card or on the router chassis itself. These unique names make up the elements of the device.

 

Managing devices includes adding or removing devices that are monitored by Iris. You are also able to change the IP address, the poller or polling routines for a particular device.

 

As an administrator of Iris, you will need to be able to add new devices to the Iris system as well as be able to edit existing devices. Let’s have a look at this in more detail.


 

Adding a new device

There are four steps to adding or creating a new device on Iris.

 

Step 1
Step 2
 
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1. Click on Configuration on the navigation bar at the top of the screen.

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1. Select Devices and Manage Devices from the drop-downs.
Step 3

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1. The Devices page will be displayed.
2. Click the Add new device icon at the top of your screen.


Step 4

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1. The Create a new Device pop-up will be displayed.
2. Complete the fields. See the cheat sheet on the next page for more detail about each of the fields.
3. Click Check to ensure that all the fields have been completed correctly.
3. Click Save.

 

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 Edit a device

There are four steps to editing a device on Iris. 

Step 1
Step 2
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1. Click on Configuration on the navigation bar at the top of the screen.
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1. Select Devices and Manage Devices from the drop-downs.

Step 3
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1. The Devices page will be displayed.
2. Click the Edit all selected items icon at the top of your screen.

 

Step 4
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 1. The Edit Device pop-up will be displayed.
2. If you would like to change the Hostname, click Change and the Change Hostname pop-up will be displayed.
3. Type in the hostname that you would like to use for the device or edit the existing hostname.
4. Click Change.
5. Update any other relevant fields on the Edit Device pop-up. See the cheat sheet on the next page for more detail about each of the fields.
6. Click Save.

 

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Manage Monitoring Profiles

A Monitoring Profile is used to tell Iris how to poll a device.


STEP 1 

Select Devices and Manage Monitoring Profiles from the drop-downs.


STEP 2

The landing page displays all the Monitoring Profiles already created. Click the + to add a new monitoring profile.


STEP 3

  

The Create a new Monitoring Profile pop-up will be displayed. Give the Monitoring Profile a name and a description so that you can
easily search for it.


Select the relevant Poll Routine and then click on the arrow so that it will be enabled for this profile. You can select as many polling routines
as required.


A list of available polling routines is available on our support portal. You can also click the link in this pop-up.


You can monitor the device primary IP and the “other side” of the connected interfaces via both ICMP and SNMP. Select what is relevant for you.


To add a TCP Port, click Add another TCP port. Add the Port, the send and close string and then select the severity from the drop-down.


To enable a config backup (Rancid) or WMI for the device, complete this tab.

You will need to have a username and password and the secret/auth string for the device.

For WMI, Iris will require a Domain Admin (or local for non-AD environments) user account with either Admin Rights or WMI permissions.


Edit a monitoring profile

You can edit an existing monitoring profile.

Select the profile that you would like to edit from the Monitoring Profiles page. Click on the edit icon at the top of the screen or in the actions column and edit the fields as you would for setting up a new monitoring profile.


Create a monitoring profile from a copy

You can create a new monitoring profile from a copy. This would be useful when you would like most of the settings to stay the same, but you might need to change one or two things.

On the Monitoring Profiles page, select the profile that you would like to copy. Click on the copy icon in the actions column.


The Create new Monitoring Profile from copy pop-up will be displayed. Change the name of the monitoring profile. Edit the fields and tabs as required and click Save.


Discover Devices

It is possible to discover some devices in Iris automatically from the front end.


STEP 1

Select Devices and Discover Devices from the drop-downs.


STEP 2

On the Discover Devices page type in the CIDR range and the SNMP community string. Select the poller from the drop-down list and then click Discover.


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