Hosts View

The Hosts view is by default located on the left of the main program window and displays the hosts and groups of hosts in the hierarchical structure Pic 1. This view was primarily designed for performing hosts management.

The Hosts view

Pic 1. The Hosts view

You can switch from the tree structure representation to the table one to be able to apply grouping, sorting and filtering operations for all available hosts at once. The icon next to every item is used to describe of the item's type. The following set of icons is used:

Group

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the group of hosts;

Host

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the host;

Duplicate Host

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the host with duplicate address.

In the Hosts view you can find the current monitoring activity for each host. For all hosts the monitoring is currently active, you can see its state and connection quality, as well as the connection quality characteristics. The host state, connection quality and the characteristics used for quality calculation are by default highlighted with the severity color. You can disable this decoration using the Highlight item available both from the context menu and the toolbar of the view.

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.

In the Hosts view you can choose from the following set of columns.

Column

Description

Visible by Default

Host properties

Name

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

Yes

Description

The description provided for the host during its configuration.

No

IP Address

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

Yes

Reverse Name

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

No

Dynamic IP

The indication that the host has a dynamic IP address, thus the address must be resolved before each ping.

No

On Startup

The sign either the monitoring should be activated for this host on startup, or the host monitoring should stay inactive, or the previous activity should be restored.

Yes

Monitoring activity

Activity

The current monitoring activity: either Active, or Paused or Inactive.

Yes

Overall Activity Time

The time interval during which the monitoring process was active.

No

Overall Pause Time

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

No

Host state and quality

State

The remote host state: either Up, or Down, or Pending.

Yes

Quality

The connection quality to remote host: either Good, or Warning, or Bad, or Critical, or Pending.

Yes

PL (Packet Loss)

A ratio of the number of lost packets in a connection quality check sample to the number of packets being sent within the same sample.

Yes

Latency

A specified percentile for latency in a sample used for connection quality calculation.

Yes

Jitter

The jitter is a packet delay variation for a sample of delivered packets of a specified length with reference to the specifications defined in RFC-1889.

Yes

From the Hosts view, you can manage a set of hosts and groups of hosts, control the monitoring process activity for specific hosts and generate statistical reports for custom periods of time. 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.

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.

New

New

The New button from the Hosts view toolbar allows you to create hosts and groups of hosts 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 and groups of 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.

Auto-start

Auto-start

The Auto-start drop-down button from the Hosts view contains the actions for the selected hosts to be included to and excluded from the auto-start list.

Edit

Edit

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

Delete

Delete

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

Highlight

Highlight

The Highlight button from the Hosts view toolbar enables and disables highlighting of the host state and connection quality cells with the corresponding severity color.

Tree View

Tree View

The Tree View button from the Hosts view toolbar switches the view to the hierarchical representation of groups and hosts.

Table View

Table View

The Table View button from the Hosts view toolbar switches the view to the flat representation of groups and hosts.

Full Expand

Full Expand

The Full Expand button from the Hosts view toolbar should be used to expand all nodes in the view.

Full Collapse

Full Collapse

The Full Collapse button from the Hosts view toolbar should be used to collapse all nodes in the view.

Choose Columns

Choose Columns

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

Advanced Options

Advanced Options

The Advanced Options 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.

It is possible to switch between hierarchical and flat representation of groups and hosts using the Tree View and Table View items on the toolbar and in the popup menu. You can collapse or expand all the groups using the Full Expand and Full Collapse buttons on the view toolbar.

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