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Cisco: only monitoring Interfaces with specific Interface Description



Hi I'd like to Auto Discover and Monitor only Interfaces on my cisco switches witch I tag by the interface description.

Example: tag <MON>

interface FastEthernet0/1 description <MON> text --> Port monitored in PRTG


interface FastEthernet0/2 description text !--> Port not monitored in PRTG


Is there a way to do that?

Regards Andi

cisco description snmp tag

Created on Sep 17, 2018 12:11:48 PM

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Hello Andi,

Unfortunately this is not possible at the moment. As workaround you can try the following:

  1. Navigate to the device settings (or group settings)
  2. Below "SNMP Compatibility Options" add [ifdescr] to the "Port Name Template"
  3. (Please also take a look at "Port Name Update")
    Now the Sensors will be displayed with the description in their name, so you can easily choose and/or delete them.

For any further questions or issues, we're glad to help.

Kind regards,
Birk Guttmann, Tech Support Team

Created on Sep 18, 2018 2:34:18 PM by  Birk Guttmann [Paessler Support]



Yeah, that would be a great feature as most of the people just want to monitor important ports like switch - switch connections or interfaces connected to important devices like Storage, FW, server, ...

I know some use exactly that feature together with other solutions to define on the cisco device itself what interfaces they want to have monitored and which not.

regards dani

Created on Jun 28, 2019 3:46:02 PM



Hi there,

Feel free to open an official feature request, so other users can vote for this.

Kind regards,
Birk Guttmann, Tech Support Team

Created on Jul 1, 2019 1:49:29 PM by  Birk Guttmann [Paessler Support]

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