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, which allows to maintain the host monitoring statistics and to 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 The historical data can also be deleted automatically when treated as outdated – this option is available for configuration in the program preferences.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 view. 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, integrating with external tools and at the process of hosts import and export.