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Device Template - SNMP Switch



I was directed to this topic (https://kb.paessler.com/en/topic/89025-how-can-i-include-and-exclude-sensors-from-device-templates) but I am still a bit stumped so wanted to explain what I am after doing.

I have a network switch and want to monitor the SNMP Traffic (for each port), the ping and uptime.

If I run the autodiscovery it brings in various other ports on the swtich, there are certain ones I wish to exclude or the other way certain ones I want to include but exclude the loopbacks etc. Can this be done?

What I want to achieve is having a template for a switch that doesn't pull the rubbish through so I can set it to do an auto discovery and then update the interfaces names if they are updated on the switch without having to manually update them on PRTG.

How is best to get to this point, if I create a device template from one I have setup it add's in the ports I have deleted that I don't wish to monitor.

device-template prtg snmp

Created on Sep 22, 2023 12:36:16 PM

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Hi there,

what you want to achieve is totally possible.

The guide you linked has everything in it to create such a template. Here is a little example on how to create and edit a device template. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGNxrZuFrCs

To dynamically change the port names you can follow this guide here to change the settings of the device in the SNMP Compatibility Options.


Best regards, Max

Created on Oct 6, 2023 10:05:28 AM by  Max Linsenmeier [Technical Support]

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