This help page is for version 8.4. The latest available help is for version 9.2.
PA Server Monitor can use rule-based automatic monitor configuration, which makes configuring monitors for your environment almost effortless.
Enabling or disabling Automatic Configuration has some big effects. Read more here...
How It Works
A list of Dynamic Server List monitors are created automatically in the Global Monitors list. A list of monitor templates are also created in the Template Library.
The Dynamic Server List monitors are setup to detect specific server types. In addition, they ignore any servers that are tagged as being blocked from Automatic Configuration (more on that below).
The Windows Server rule which will be applied to all computers that are marked as being Windows is shown below.
If there are any servers that match this rule, the Dynamic Server List is configured to create a new Dynamic Group that contains the matching servers. In addition, a list of templates will be added as Power Templates to the new dynamic group.
Automatic Configuration Group
The dynamic groups that are created will all be placed in a group named "*Automatic Configurations" (the asterisk in the name causes the group to get sorted to the bottom). This group will be created at the top level under Servers/Devices. The group can be renamed and moved under other groups
if desired. The dynamic groups inside it (based on the Dynamic Server Lists) should not be moved out of the Automatic Configuration group.
As servers/devices are added to these groups, the normal operation of copying Power Templates to the servers/devices will take place. That is automatic configuration.
Note that monitor templates are copied from the Template Library to the Dynamic Groups. You can make changes to the templates in the Dynamic Groups and the changes will propagate to the servers/devices. Changes made to the
templates in the Template Library will not propagate anywhere.
Over time as servers are added to the monitor system or installed software changes, the global Dynamic Server Lists will automatically update, which will cause the Dynamic Groups to update, which leads to monitor templates being added or removed as needed.
Blocking Automatic Configuration
You may have one or more servers that you don't want automatic configuration to apply to. You can set a "Block Automatic Configuration" flag on individual servers via:
Bulk Config's "Computers: Set/Reset Block From Automatic Configuration" operation
Right-click a server/device and choose the "Block Automatic Configuration" menu option
The same options above can also be used to unblock Automatic Configuration.
Customize For Your Needs
Automatic Configuration is a concept that you can use as well. All it requires is adding some monitor templates to the global Template Library, and then adding a Dynamic Server List that will decide which servers/devices
those templates should be applied to.