Ping Monitor is a tool for monitoring the hosts connectivity. So the primary object in the program is the one that represents the remote host in the program, it is also called a host. All hosts can be grouped via host groups. A group, for instance, allows you to add a single unit as a report member, adding a group reference, and change a set of hosts included into the report by simply changing a set of group members. Also the group allows you to define custom settings to be applied for all hosts in it during the monitoring, unless the settings are overridden on a host itself. See the Overriding Common Settings section of this document for details.
The host is used as a master object for all data gathered by the program. It means that the gathered data is connected to a host, that allows to maintain the host monitoring statistics and create statistical reports for specific date intervals. The most part of the monitoring data for the host is stored until deleted by the user or until the host is deleted. The historical data can also be deleted automatically when treated as outdated – this option is available for configuration in the program preferences.
All the hosts are displayed in the Hosts and the Hosts Browser views. The first one is primarily designed for reviewing the hosts states and monitoring data, and the second one – for performing hosts management, although you can use them on your wish. The main difference of the views is that the Hosts Browser one is hierarchical and display the hosts with the groups they are located in, so it should be easier to review the grouping and perform regroup operations.
In this chapter we will take a closer look on the process of defining the hosts and groups of hosts, configuring them for monitoring, changing hosts configuration, deleting hosts or groups and at the process of hosts import and export.