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Hosts View

The Hosts view is by default located in the middle of the program main window and hidden under the Details one. This view displays the connection statuses for all monitored hosts and their performance and availability characteristics. It displays all hosts in a flat form and allows to apply grouping, sorting and filtering operations for all available hosts at once. The Hosts view is mainly targeted on hosts' states review. Thought it is allowed to add new hosts within the view, and to manage hosts and groups, it is recommended to perform hosts management tasks within the Hosts Browser view.

The Hosts view is initially represented as a table with the hosts' information, but the presentation can be switched to a different one using the buttons on the toolbar of the Hosts view. Each presentation displays the information in a different form. It is possible to choose among the Table View, the Multi Row View, the Multi Column View and the Carousel View presentations. Each of these presentations is more convenient for certain purposes it is designed for .

The Hosts view with a table representation applied

Pic 1. The Hosts view with a table representation applied

The Table View is convenient if you prefer a classical data representation and want to choose the information to be displayed using the column choosing feature. Another advantage of this view is the possibility of highlighting the rows with color indicating the connection status: yellow for unstable and red for lost. The decoration can be disabled using the Highlight Connection Status item available both from the context menu and the toolbar of the view.

Info

Please note that not all of the available data columns are displayed in this view by default, but you can always choose the columns you really need and remove the unwanted ones by using the column chooser. For example, you can display the On First Connection, On First Connection Failure, On Connection Loss and On Connection Restore columns to show the number of times each of these custom actions have been initiated.

In the Table View the you can choose from the following set of columns.

Column

Description

Visible by Default

Host properties

Address

The combination of host address and label provided during host configuration.

Yes

Group

The hosts group the current host belongs to.

Yes

Quick Launch

The indication that the host is included in the quick launch list.

No

IP Address

The IP address of the host being monitored, as resolved during monitoring.

No

Reverse Name

The DNS name of the host being monitored, as resolved during monitoring.

No

Host state and status

State

The remote host state: either Online, or Offline, or Unknown.

Yes

Status

The last connection status to the remote host, as diagnosed by the program.

Yes

Monitoring process characteristics

Monitoring Time

The time interval during which the monitoring process has been running (not paused).

Yes

Activity Time

The time passed since the monitoring was active (either running or paused).

No

Pause Time

The time interval during which the monitoring process has been paused.

No

Monitoring statistics

Uptime

The percentage of time with an alive connection.

Yes

Outages

The number of outages.

Yes

Passed Pings

The percentage of successful pings.

Yes

Passed Pings Count

The absolute number of pings passed.

No

Failed Pings Count

The absolute number of pings failed.

No

Minimum Response

The minimum response time in milliseconds.

Yes

Average Response

The average response time in milliseconds.

Yes

Maximum Response

The maximum response time in milliseconds.

Yes

Response Deviation

The response deviation in milliseconds.

Yes

Latest Response

The latest response time in milliseconds.

No

Current Outage

The current outage, if any.

No

Longest Outage

The longest outage, if any.

No

Shortest Outage

The shortest outage, if any.

No

Latest Outage

The latest outage, if any.

No

Latest Outage Start Time

The start time of the latest outage, if any.

No

Custom actions execution statistics

Connection Loss Action

The number of times the 'On Connection Loss' custom action was executed.

No

Connection Restore Action

The number of times the 'On Connection Restore' custom action was executed.

No

First Connection Action

The number of times the 'On First Connection' custom action was executed.

No

First Connection Failure Action

The number of times the 'On First Connection Failure' custom action was executed.

No

In the other views, the host information is displayed in the form of cards, each card representing the host information and having two expandable groups of monitoring data Pic 2.

The Hosts view with a multi-row cards representation applied

Pic 2. The Hosts view with a multi-row cards representation applied

You can collapse or expand all the groups using the Full Expand and Full Collapse buttons on the Monitored Hosts area toolbar. Optionally, you can also collapse and expand each card using the glyph on its header. To expand or collapse all cards at once, use the Full Cards Expand and Full Cards Collapse items from the pop-up menu displayed on an empty space. The card in a collapsed state shows the name of the host and its state.

Toolbar Overview

Manage Activity

Manage Activity

The Manage Activity button from the Hosts view toolbar can be used to start, stop and pause the monitoring process for the selected hosts.

Add Host

Add Host

The Add Host button from the Hosts view toolbar allows you to add a single host or an IP range to be monitored having provided the required properties.

Generate Report

Generate Report

The Generate Report button from the Hosts view toolbar can be used to generate a monitoring performance and availability report for the selected hosts, having specified the required report type, output options and a period of time.

Delete Statistics

Delete Statistics

The Delete Statistics button from the Hosts view toolbar is used to delete all monitoring data for the selected hosts.

Show Details

Show Details

The Show Details button from the Hosts view toolbar should be used to activate the Details view and fill it with details for the selected hosts.

Pin Details

Pin Details

The Pin Details button from the Hosts view toolbar allows you to display the details for each of the selected hosts in an individual window.

Unpin Details

Unpin Details

The Unpin Details button from the Hosts view toolbar allows you to close all individual windows with details for the selected hosts.

Quick Launch

Quick Launch

The Quick Launch drop-down button from the Hosts view toolbar contains the actions for the selected hosts to be included to and excluded from the quick launch list.

Edit

Edit

The Edit button from the Hosts view toolbar should be used to edit the selected host.

Delete

Delete

The Delete button from the Hosts view toolbar allows you to permanently delete the selected hosts.

Highlight Connection Status

Highlight Connection Status

The Highlight Connection Status button from the Hosts view toolbar enables and disables highlighting of the table rows with yellow (for the connection to the host is unstable) and red (for the connection to the host is lost). Applicable only for the table view.

Table View

Table View

The Table View button from the Hosts view toolbar switches the representation to the table view.

Multi Row View

Multi Row View

The Multi Row View button from the Hosts view toolbar switches the representation to the card view in which cards are located next to each other in rows.

Multi Column View

Multi Column View

The Multi Column View button from the Hosts view toolbar switches the representation to the card view in which cards are located next to each other in columns.

Carousel View

Carousel View

The Carousel View button from the Hosts view toolbar switches the representation to the card view in which cards can be rolled in a carousel manner.

Full Expand

Full Expand

The Full Expand button from the Hosts view toolbar should be used to expand all grouping rows in the table view or all information groups in the card views.

Full Collapse

Full Collapse

The Full Collapse button from the Hosts view toolbar should be used to collapse all grouping rows in the table view or all information groups in the card views.

Group By Box

Group By Box

The Group By Box button should be used to configure the data grouping for the table within the Hosts view.

Choose Columns

Choose Columns

The Choose Columns button should be used to choose the columns to be displayed in the table within the Hosts view.

Filter Editor

Filter Editor

The Filter Editor button should be used to define the custom filter criteria to be applied to the data displayed in the table within the Hosts view.

Configuration

Configuration

The Configuration button from the Hosts view toolbar opens the view configuration menu where you can reach the monitoring settings configuration and reset the layout of the view.

The detailed ping statistics displayed in the Hosts view includes information on the pings percentage, uptime, outages and responses. The responses information shows the maximum and minimum responses time in milliseconds, the average response calculated as an arithmetic mean, and the response deviation calculated as a standard deviation of the responses.

The host state is shown as an icon in all views. The following states are available:

Online

-

the host is online;

Offline

-

the host is offline;

Unknown

-

the host state is unknown;

None

-

there is no host state (the monitoring is either stopped or paused).

The host state is actually based on the monitoring status calculated by the program. The status is displayed in a separate column with icon and text in the table view, and as a general information field in card views. The following statuses are used:

Not Monitored

-

the host that is not being monitored;

Indeterminate

-

the host that is being monitored if the connection status is indeterminate;

Established or Restored

-

the host that is being monitored if the connection is either established or restored;

Probably Lost

-

the host that is being monitored if the connection is unstable (neither outage nor availability condition is reached);

Lost or Filed to be Established

-

the host that is being monitored if the connection is either lost or failed to be established;

Paused

-

the host monitoring process that is paused.

From the Hosts view, you can control the monitoring process activity for specific hosts, generate historical data reports for custom periods of time and manage a set of hosts. All these actions are available from the view pop-up menu and on the toolbar. The monitoring activity control and host details actions are also available on the Monitoring contextual ribbon page from the Monitoring Tools category which is displayed when the Hosts view is active.

The other useful features of this view are an ability to use copy/paste and drag/drop to copy and move hosts between groups and the ability to import/export hosts and groups. The corresponding actions are available in the pop-up menu, Organize Ribbon group and Clipboard Ribbon group on the Program page.

Now you are familiar with the Hosts view and should be able to use its benefits during the everyday work.