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Configuring and Monitoring Hosts

When you start the program the first time, you can see that all program views are empty. To monitor network connections, you need to specify the hosts that should be monitored. The Free edition of the program allows you to monitor up to five hosts, and the Professional edition of the program has no licensing limitations regarding the number of hosts to monitor. To start using the program, you need to specify the hosts you plan to monitor.

Configuring Hosts

You can add new hosts to the program using different approaches. For example, you can press the button to add a host on the Ribbon, or select the same action in the context menu of the Hosts Browser view. As a result, you can see the dialog where you can configure a host and its settings Pic 1.

Host configuration dialog

Pic 1. Host configuration dialog

As you can see, the host configuration dialog allows you to add a single host or multiple hosts to the program. We can specify a host by the name or by the IP address. If the host has a dynamic IP address, we can specify it by the name and enable the corresponding option to resolve the entered name to an IP address before executing every ping, so the correct host is reached even if its IP address changes during monitoring.

If you need to add multiple hosts, you can specify them by means of an IP range. There is an option to resolve IPs to host names and an option to skip the hosts that cannot be resolved to host names, so you can use both of them, if required. Besides, you can add hosts by importing them from a file previously exported from another copy of the program. You can find the exporting and importing options in the context menu of the Hosts Browser view.

You may notice that the Add Host dialog has multiple configuration options on the left side, so you can switch them to provide additional host settings. For example, on the Monitoring section you can configure custom monitoring settings for the host Pic 2.

Host configuration dialog

Pic 2. Providing custom settings for a host

By default, all hosts share the global settings configured in the Preferences dialog, but you can override the global settings and provide the custom settings to be used for the host.

Start and Stop Monitoring

Once hosts are added to the program, you can start monitoring their states. If you have added more than one host, in most cases you need to start monitoring all the hosts simultaneously, so you can use the Quick Launch option. Note that the hosts in the Hosts Browser view have the Quick Launch option enabled by default, so the program starts monitoring all those hosts when you click the Start button on the Ribbon. To stop monitoring, you need to press the Stop button on the Ribbon, and monitoring of all the hosts will be stopped.

Using of the Quick Launch option is very convenient if you have many hosts, because you can start and stop monitoring all of them with a single click. If you prefer to manage hosts individually, you can select a host and choose the Exclude from Quick Launch option in the context menu or use the corresponding action on the Ribbon. As a result, the Quick Launch option will be disabled for this host, and monitoring of this host will not be started when you use the Start operation from Quick Launch. To manage a host individually, you may select it and choose the Start Monitoring and Stop Monitoring options in the context menu or on the toolbar Pic 3.

Host configuration dialog

Pic 3. Monitoring options

If you have added different types of hosts, you can combine them into groups, so that you can start and stop monitoring all hosts in a group with a single click, when required. Using groups is demonstrated in the Using the Advanced Features chapter.