This help page is for version 3.7. The latest available help is for version 8.1.

Importing and Exporting Configurations

PA Storage Monitor supports a very easy and effective way to transfer your complex monitoring setups from one installation of the product to another. This is what exporting and importing configurations allows you to do.

Exporting is a process by which you make PA Storage Monitor save configuration data to a special XML format file. Importing is the process that allows PA Storage Monitor to read in saved values from the same type of file and to restore the settings.

Exporting Complete Configuration

Exporting the complete configuration is an easy way to preserve all of the settings that are contained in an instance of PA Storage Monitor. To get started, select the following menu setting:

The next dialog that you will see will ask you if you would like to export any server passwords that were entered previously:

If you work in an environment in which password and credential data must be handled in a specific manner due to legal or internal company restrictions, you may wish to answer "No" to this prompt. Otherwise, you may wish to allow PA Storage Monitor to save all security credentials to the file by answering "Yes". The credentials will be decrypted and will be visible as plain text in the output file.

The next dialog to appear after you answer the question above will be a standard "File Save" Windows dialog that allows you to select a file name, and a location at which to save the configuration file. When you export a Complete Configuration, the default file name that is selected will be PA Storage Monitor App Configuration.axml. The file extension .axml should always be used when you save the complete configuration because it indicates this type of exported configuration.

At the completion of the export of the configuration data, PA Storage Monitor will display a message box but only if you chose to save the credential information.

Importing Complete Configuration

Just as easily as you can export a PA Storage Monitor configuration to a file, you can also import that file into a new installation of PA Storage Monitor on another machine.

You use the following menu selection to choose Import Complete Configuration.

The first prompt that you will see will be a message box indicating that you are about to erase any configured settings in the current instance of PA Storage Monitor and replace them with the contents of a configuration archive file.

If you answered "Yes" to the question above you will see the standard File Open dialog to select a .axml file that you saved to previously.

Note that this dialog box indicates a file of the extension .axml, as saved by the Export procedure. At the end of the import, you should see the list of servers restored to the Navigation Pane. A message box will appear at the end of the import process indicating the success of the operation, as well as any monitors or actions that could not be restored.

Exporting Individual Server Configuration

You may export the settings (monitors and actions) that are associated with an individual computer. This operation is very similar to that of exporting the complete configuration of this product as shown above.

The menu item that selects the export server operation is accessed by right clicking a server or device whose configuration you wish to export. The menu appears as follows.

The series of dialog boxes and the options that appear is identical to that shown above for exporting a complete PA Storage Monitor configuration, with the following exception. The file name will be (Server_name) Configuration.cxml. (Server_Name) represents the name of the server you are exporting.
Example for the illustration above: 192.168.0.197 Configuration.cxml

Importing Individual Server Configuration

You may import the settings (monitors and actions) that are associated with an individual computer. The Import Server operation assumes that they exist already in a .cxml file.

This operation is identical to that of importing the complete configuration of this product as shown above, with the following exception. An import of a server configuration must be applied to a computer object that you have already created in PA Storage Monitor. The IP address or name must be set by you explicitly, and will not be transferred from the previously exported computer. The monitors and the actions that are created will be associated with the IP or computer network name that the target computer had contained.

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