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Use PRTG for Asset Inventory Control

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We would like to use PRTG for asset inventory control. We would like to perform scheduled auto discovery and use the results to see when new devices are on the network. Is there a way to auto discover devices, but not create any sensors or report down status?

auto-discovery inventory sensor

Created on May 8, 2013 9:19:47 PM by  PHIL NARDUCCI (0) 1



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The best way to do this would be to create a device template without any sensors then have the Auto-Discover group use that template to find devices. Since the template will only create sensors based on the sensors that were on the device when the template was made, if you use a blank template, the Auto-Discovery should not create sensors.

Create Template

Auto-Discovery

Created on May 9, 2013 9:40:09 AM by  Greg Campion [Paessler Support]



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Thanks. When I try to create a template with no sensors, I get an error message.

Error: Device contains no sensors

Am I missing a setting somewhere?

Created on May 9, 2013 2:54:03 PM by  PHIL NARDUCCI (0) 1



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Phil,

My mistake there, I forgot that it isn't natively possible to create a template without a sensor but what you might do instead is to create a template with a ping sensor then go into the device template and take out all of the code for the sensor creation. This way the template will only ping the device, pull the name, create the device but it will not have any sensors attached to it.

The code for this template is below and you should find the device templates under your program files\PRTG Network Monitor\devicetemplates folder.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <devicetemplate id="custom" name="TestInventory" priority="1"> <check id="ping" meta="ping"/> </devicetemplate>

Created on May 10, 2013 8:56:54 AM by  Greg Campion [Paessler Support]



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