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Supercharge Your Monitoring With Hashtags

Want to really supercharge your Opsview monitoring and accelerate how you view and manage your systems within Opsview Monitor? Well, Hashtags are a fantastic way to group your Opsview Monitor Hosts and Services and get your monitoring into top gear!

Adding a Hashtag

Adding Hashtags in Opsview Monitor is incredibly easy; you just give them a name and configure their visibility. If you check off ‘Exclude Handled’, the Hashtag will no longer show as down if the outages are handled.

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The next step is to select the objects to be included because Hashtags are the make-up of the intersection of hosts and services that you choose. In other words, selecting the combination of hosts and services is all that is required to create a Hashtag.

For example, if I was setting up some Hashtags based upon location, to set up a “London” Hashtag I would select all of the hosts in the London office and then select all services for these hosts.

If I was setting up a “Database” Hashtag as part of a group of Technology Hashtags, I would select all of the hosts that include a database system and then select all of the database related services. Even if the hosts include Operating System service checks alongside the database ones, the Hashtag will just include the database information.

If I was interested in the CPU usage on all my hosts, I could also set up a Hashtag that just selects the CPU services checks and includes all hosts.

In the example below, I have selected my “Docker” host and then all the services that this host includes.

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Viewing Hashtags

Once you have set up you Hashtags, there are multiple views and reports you can use to quickly gain meaningful insights into all of your systems.

Dashboards

There are three different dedicated Hashtag dashlets in Opsview Monitor:

  1. Hashtag Cells – These give you a convenient view of the overall status of each of your Hashtags, this can be filtered to just show the Hashtags you are interested in
  2. Hashtag List – This is similar to the Hashtag cells, but is provided in a list. You can filter to just show the Hashtags you are interested in and order by description or status
  3. Hashtag Tree Map – This gives a deeper view of the status breakdown of all the services within a Hashtag so you can see how many of the Hashtag components are in an “OK”, “Warning”, “Critical” or “Unknown” state.

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Hashtag view

The Hashtag view provides a dedicated view for your Hashtags and there are multiple ways to set it up including List, Group, small, medium or large settings. You can also filter the columns to get exactly the view you need. And with Opsview Monitor 5.0, you can save these views exactly the way you like them using the share link option.

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The Hashtag view is also the place to Schedule Downtime, Mass Re-Check, Mass Acknowledge and Set service State across a whole Hashtag.

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Reports

The majority of the out of the box report templates use Hashtags as the way of selecting which services you want to report against, they range from performance reports to availability reports.

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Using Hashtags

As well as giving you access to a range of views and reports, Hashtags are used extensively in Opsview for many types of configuration. You can set up your roles against Hashtags and easily fine tune who has access to what based upon what you have tagged with a specific Hashtag.

You can set up notifications against hashtags, so any outage on any host or service within a Hashtag will get a notification sent to you immediately.

You can also use Hashtags as one of the filters in loads of the different views in Opsview Monitor including the Events Viewer, Graph Center and many of the Dashboard dashlets.

Conclusion

Hashtags make viewing and managing many hosts and services within Opsview easy and one of their greatest features is that as you add new systems, you can add them into your existing Hashtags without having to worry about updating any of your roles, reports, dashboards or Graph Center graphs. It is all automatic! 

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by Adam Such,
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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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