<%NUMBERING1%>.<%NUMBERING2%>.<%NUMBERING3%> PRTG Manual: Libraries Step By Step

In order to create a new library, follow the steps in this section. In the web interface, click on the Libraries entry in the main menu to show the libraries main screen.

icon-i-round This documentation refers to the PRTG System Administrator user accessing the Ajax interface on a master node. If you use other user accounts, interfaces, or nodes, you might not see all of the options in the way described here. If you use a cluster installation, note that failover nodes are read-only by default.

In this section:

Step 1: Add Library

Click on the Add Library button. An assistant is shown. Enter a Library Name, and define Tags and Access Rights, if you like. Click on Continue.

For detailed information, see Libraries Settings section.

Add Library Assistant Step 1

Add Library Assistant Step 1

Step 2: Add Library Nodes

Click to the Management tab. You will see a split screen: On the left side, your library is shown (empty in the beginning), and on the right side, you see a less colorful view of your device tree, as known from the device tree's Management tab.

Bandwidth Library in Management Mode 

Bandwidth Library in Management Mode 

From the device tree on the right side, drag objects and drop them on the library on the left side. Each dropped object will be added immediately as a new Library Node. Repeat this procedure as often as you wish until you have added all desired items to the library.

Note: When adding single sensors to the library, there can only be one sensor in one library node.

Note: Library nodes can contain up to 1,000 sensors.

You can also create nested library nodes by adding a new node underneath an existing one.

Drag and drop nodes within the library to change their position. If you want to change the monitoring object that is associated with a library node, you can change the Linked Object in the node's settings.

Step 3: Set Library Node Display Settings

You are still in the library Management tab.

Right-click the name of a Library Node and from the context menu, select Edit | Settings... to change the Node Display Settings. In this dialog, you can change the name of the library and its tags, as well as the linked object, node type, and filters.

These settings are available for each library node. You can choose to either show the Linked Object as a sub-tree of your device tree, or to view a collection of all sensors underneath the Linked Object.

When selecting the sub-tree view, the library node will just look like a branch in your device tree, as shown in the screen shot below for the library node names "My Sub Tree".

Library with one Node Showing a Branch of the Device Tree

Library with one Node Showing a Branch of the Device Tree

When selecting a sensor collection view, only the sensors underneath the Linked Object are shown, omitting probes, groups, and devices. You can additionally filter by certain sensor Type, Status, and Tags. Only matching sensors will be shown. The screen shot below shows the same Linked Object as above, but in sensor collection view, additionally filtered for sensors with a bandwidthsensor tag.

Library with one Node Showing a Collection of Bandwidth Sensors Only

Library with one Node Showing a Collection of Bandwidth Sensors Only

For detailed information, see Libraries and Node Settings (Overview—Library Node Display Settings) section.

Step 4: View

Click on the Overview tab to see the final appearance of your library. You have the following options:

  • Hover over an object to view a popup window with recent monitoring and status data.
  • Use the sensor state selection bar to select which sensors you want to see for the library: Simply remove check marks for sensor states you want to hide. Note: This function is the same you know from the device tree's Sensor Status Bar. The setting is reset the next time you open the library.
  • Use the Device Tree View selection in the page header bar to change the size of the library display. Note: This function is the same you know from the device tree.
  • Use the Search box in the page header bar to search the library for a string in object names. Matching objects will be shown full-colored, all others will be grayed out while the filter is active. Click on the small x symbol in the search field to reset the filter. Note: This function is the same you know from the device tree.

It depends on the library's access rights and the currently logged in user account if it will be visible to other PRTG users. Also, clicking on objects (for example, on sensors) will lead to more detailed information about the object or to an error message indicating insufficient access rights—depending on user account and access rights.

In libraries, you can right-click objects to access their Context Menus. If you want you can also set up notifications to entire libraries, see our example chapter here.


Video Tutorial: Libraries in PRTG

  • https://www.paessler.com/support/videos/prtg-basics/libraries