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Moving from Opsview Monitor 4 to 5.1

If you have not already heard, there are some great new features in Opsview Monitor 5.1. We have completely redesigned the user interface to make it even easier to use and to ensure you can get to your results as quickly as possible.

As with any change in any tool you use regularly, there are questions regarding new best practices. This is a list of the top questions I have been asked by customers and the new features that aligned with what they are used in version 4, but in most cases made it easier and quicker. 

How do I save links to pages?
In the Opsview Monitor 4 user interface, there were many different pages such as Host Groups, ones for Hosts, ones for Services, the list goes on…and all the options were driven by the URL. 

In the newly released Opsview Monitor 5.1, the pages have been consolidated in the user interface. This means that they are much easier to navigate and require fewer clicks and page loads to get to the information you need. The difference is that with these consolidated pages, there are often too many filters available on the page for URI encoded options alone.

In version 5, we now have the option to save any view you create in Opsview Monitor, including all of the filtering and sorting, to a simple short link, we call it My Links.

You can create a My Link by clicking the My Links Icon on any view page.

 

Can I add extra series to my graphs?
In version 4, you could drill down into a Service, view the performance graph and then add in extra series from other Hosts. While this was a handy option there is a completely new approach in version 5 that is packed with extra features. 

Using the new Host Groups, Hosts and Services page, you can get straight to the graphs for your services. More on that later!  

For plotting multiple series, we now have the Graph Center. There is no more adding metric by metric because the Graph Center is driven by Host Groups, Hashtags, Services and the Business Service Module, so you can quickly select multiple metrics for quick comparison. As with all our view pages, you can now store your favorite views using Shared Links.


Host Groups, Hosts and Services
Navigating between Host Groups, Hosts and Services used to span multiple pages and required lots of clicks to get to the information you needed. In Opsview Monitor 5, we have reduced all of this down to a single page; Host Groups, Hosts and Services.

On this one page, you can now expand your Hosts Groups, select Hosts and view those Hosts Services. You can even select multiple Hosts and see all of their Services in the one place. 

There is instant navigation to all of the actions you might need like setting downtime, acknowledgments, setting status or re-checking for Hosts Groups, Hosts and Services and you can quickly get to the Investigative panel and view Performance Graphs.

Have time zones have changed?
In Opsview Monitor 4, dates and times were always recorded based upon the monitoring system. These were the same dates and times presented to the user.
With Opsview Monitor 5, dates and times shown in the user interface are displayed based upon the user's browser settings. This makes Opsview much easier to use and manage across time zones since each user now sees times that make sense to them.

Can I bulk edit settings?

There was no way to make bulk edits using the UI in version 4, but version 5 adds the Host Bulk Edit option into Host Settings. This lets you edit Host Templates, Hashtags, Check Period, Check Interval, Retry Interval, Max Check Attempts and the Host Check Command across multiple Hosts in one sitting. 


Other things to note:
There are a few other things that are worth knowing before you make the move to Opsview Monitor 5: 

  • “Hashtags” are the new Keywords - Keywords are now known as Hashtags. They still work the same way, but not include a brilliant new view page and a name that better describes what they do.

  • “Variables” are the new Attributes - No change to how they work, just a new name that better explains what they do.

  • “Users” are the new contacts - No change to how they work, just a new name that better explains what they do.

  • Get help anywhere with Tips Tours - If you are just starting out with version 5, our new tool tips are a handy addition. They will guide you through a selection of frequently used pages letting you know about all of the important options available.

 


Upgrade now for all the new features!
Existing customers and Atom users can upgrade straight away to the latest version of Opsview Monitor. Go to the Knowledge Center for a complete guide on how to upgrade now

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by Adam Such,
Integrations Lead
I am an experienced developer specialising in Go and Perl with a wide range of experience in the IT industry spanning Development, Agile/Scrum Product Ownership, Pre-sales, Support and Testing

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