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Where to find: Overview / List of Auto-Discovery Groups (and Devices)?



How can i get a list, an overview of existing auto-discovery groups and devices? This would be helpfully to keep performance of PRTG like the overview of Sensor by Interval and Sensors by Performance Impact. In huge environments (often with multiple administrators, also on group-level) auto-discovery groups are often in use. Also for devices like vCenter with hourly/daily scanning for new/deleted vGuests.

Any selection criteria?

If not possible -> Feature Request!

auto-discovery devices groups maintenance performance vmware

Created on Oct 18, 2019 12:55:33 PM

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Hi Jürgen,

Please use the script, which you can find here. Run this script in an administrative PowerShell ISE and press "STRG + N" to open a new script and paste this script into it. After you have pressed F5 you'll get a list of all auto-discovery groups/devices.

Kind regards

Created on Oct 21, 2019 7:49:02 AM by  Marijan Horsky [Paessler Support]



Hi Marijan,

thanks for quick reply. The script can be a temporary workaround -> would be much better to integrate this overview into PRTG Status Page, similiar Sensor Interval/Impact for quick access independent of administrative PowerShell -> there are often restrictions at Large Enterprise with administrative Accounts / Local Admin, also for PowerShell Access.

I´ll test it afternoon and give a feedback.

Best regards, Jürgen

Created on Oct 21, 2019 10:21:07 AM

Last change on Oct 23, 2019 6:32:38 AM by  Marijan Horsky [Paessler Support]



Hi Marijan,

i just tested the script, but sorry, this style is unusable for daily operations, containing only a list of object id´s and no clear names of groups and devices.

Such a list, in best case in alphabetical order, will really help. But e.g. in this case 202 object id of devices and 17 groups no one want´s to handle for weekly or monthly servicing - it´s like a provisioning of work.

Additional as written the administrative PowerShell can be next K.O-Criteria for this script, e. g. a responsible for daily operations has only access to PRTG WebUI/Desktop, but no administrative access to server.

I´m sure PRTG inside does know any necessary information and these to show in Console/Setup, maybe as part of PRTG Status or separate site, will be a great benefit.

Best regards

Created on Oct 21, 2019 3:47:44 PM

Last change on Oct 23, 2019 6:32:44 AM by  Marijan Horsky [Paessler Support]



Hi Jürgen,

Please note that we don't offer support for this mentioned script. If you want to include the desired feedback , then you have to entered the correspondingly commands into the script.

If you want to have this option included in PRTG, you are welcome to open a Feature Request. Feature Requests are enhancements you desire for the future and are voted by the customers. This means that if your request gets many votes, this increases the prioritisation of our product owners. You'll find more information about Feature Requests here.

Kind regards.

Created on Oct 23, 2019 6:36:02 AM by  Marijan Horsky [Paessler Support]



Script does not seem to work anymore:

Exception calling "Load" with "1" argument(s): "'', hexadecimal value 0x0F, is an invalid character. Line 18464559, position 42."
At C:\script\findautodiscoverdevices.ps1:3 char:10
+          $configuration.Load($ConfigurationFilePath)
+          ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo          : NotSpecified: (:) [], MethodInvocationException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : DotNetMethodException

0:No groups with AutoDiscovery found. | No devices with AutoDiscovery found.

Created on Dec 9, 2022 10:44:56 AM

Last change on Dec 12, 2022 6:28:52 AM by  Felix Wiesneth [Paessler Support]

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