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Getting to Know the Program Interface

The program interface has multiple views that allow you to access different features of the program. The main screen is organized into several areas that display the program views as tabs. If you wish, you may change the layout of the areas, resize them, move views from one area to another and close views if you don't need them. Depending on a particular task, you may create your custom layout of the program views that is suitable for that task. In this chapter, you can get an overview of program views available in the default layout Pic 1.

The main program window

Pic 1. The main program window

EMCO Ping Monitor uses a Ribbon UI that represents all main actions as the Ribbon menu located on the top of the main screen. Different types of actions are grouped by different Ribbon tabs, so you need to switch to the corresponding Ribbon tab to access a specific action. The Ribbon menu can also display highlighted contextual tabs that provide actions suitable for the currently selected element.

Under the Ribbon on the left side of the screen, you can find the Hosts Browser view. Using this view, you can manage the hosts monitored by the program, so you can add and delete hosts, organize them in groups, start and stop monitoring and select hosts for inspecting their statistics. In the same area on the left side of the main screen, you can find the Reports view. This view is used to manage reports generated by the program. You can configure new reports, edit report settings and generate reports using this view.

In the center of the main screen, you can find another group of views. The Details view is used to audit the state of the selected hosts. The view displays information for the hosts currently selected in the Host Browser or Hosts views. This view has several tabs that display connection statistics as values and charts. Here you can see the charts generated using historical data, for example, to inspect the host statistics for a day, a week, or a month. This view also lists outages for the reporting period. The Hosts view displays the list of hosts and their monitoring statistics as a data grid. You can use the data-sorting, grouping and filtering features available on the grid to organize the displayed data depending on your needs.

Finally, at the bottom of the main screen, you can find two other views. The Connectivity Events view displays a list of connection lost and restored events for all the hosts, so you can use it as a log of connect and disconnect events detected by the program. The Log view is used for troubleshooting. If any errors have been detected by the program, you can find the error messages and the troubleshooting instructions there. The Access Control view allows managing roles and permissions of the program users. All currently running operations are displayed in the Operations view where you can review and manage them.

You can find detailed information on the program interface and the available views in the Program Interface Overview chapter. In the next chapters, you can see how to use the program views in practice to monitor hosts, generate reports and review the collected statistics.