<%NUMBERING1%>.<%NUMBERING2%>.<%NUMBERING3%> PRTG Manual: Libraries Step By Step

To create a new library, follow the steps in this section. In the web interface, click on the Libraries entry in the main menu to show the libraries main screen.

icon-i-roundThis documentation refers to the PRTG System Administrator user accessing the PRTG web interface on a master node. If you use other user accounts, interfaces, or nodes, you might not see all of the options in the way described here. If you use a cluster installation, note that failover nodes are read-only by default.

In this section:

Step 1: Add Library

  • Hover over plus_button and select Add Library from the menu to add a new library. An assistant is shown.
  • Enter a Library Node Name.
  • Define Security Context, Tags and Access Rights if you like.
  • Click Create.

icon-book-arrowsFor detailed information, see section Libraries Settings.

Step 2: Add Library Nodes

Click the Management tab. You will see a split screen:

  • On the left side, your library is shown (empty in the beginning).
  • On the right side, you see your device tree, as known from the device tree's Management tab.
Bandwidth Library in Management Mode 

Bandwidth Library in Management Mode 

From the device tree on the right side, drag objects and drop them on the library on the left side. Each dropped object will be added immediately as a new Library Node. Repeat this procedure as often as you wish until you have added all desired items to the library.

icon-i-roundWhen adding single sensors to the library, there can only be one sensor in one library node.

icon-i-roundLibrary nodes can contain up to 1,000 sensors.

You can also create nested library nodes by adding a new node underneath an existing one or to a group.

Drag and drop nodes within the library to change their position. If you want to change the monitoring object that is associated with a library node, you can change the Linked Object in the node's settings.

Step 3: Set Library Node Display Settings

You are still in the library Management tab.

Right-click the name of a Library Node and from the context menu, select Edit | Settings... to change the Node Display Settings. In this dialog, you can change the name of the library and its tags, as well as the linked object, node type, and filters.

These settings are available for each library node. You can choose to either show the Linked Object as a sub-tree of your device tree, or to view a collection of all sensors underneath the Linked Object.

When selecting the sub-tree view, the library node will just look like a branch in your device tree, as shown in the screenshot below for the library node named "My Sub Tree".

Library with one Node Showing a Branch of the Device Tree

Library with one Node Showing a Branch of the Device Tree

When selecting a sensor collection view, only the sensors underneath the Linked Object are shown, omitting probes, groups, and devices. You can additionally filter by certain sensor Type, Status, and Tags. Only matching sensors will be shown. The screenshot below shows the same Linked Object as above, but in sensor collection view, additionally filtered for sensors with a bandwidthsensor tag.

Library with one Node Showing a Collection of Bandwidth Sensors Only

Library with one Node Showing a Collection of Bandwidth Sensors Only

icon-book-arrowsFor detailed information, see section Libraries and Node Settings (Overview—Library Node Display Settings).

Step 4: View

Click the Overview tab to see the final appearance of your library. You have the following options:

  • Hover over an object to view a popup window with recent monitoring and status data.
  • Use the sensor status selection bar to select which sensors you want to see for the library: Simply remove check marks for sensor states you want to hide.
    icon-i-roundThis function is the same you know from the device tree's sensor status bar. The setting is reset the next time you open the library.
  • Use the Device Tree View selection in the page header bar to change the size of the library display.
    icon-i-roundThis function is the same you know from the device tree.
  • Use the Search box in the page header bar to search the library for a string in object names. Matching objects will be shown full-colored, all others will be grayed out while the filter is active.
    icon-i-roundThis function is the same you know from the device tree.

It depends on the library's access rights and the currently logged in user account if the library will be visible to other PRTG users. Also, clicking objects in the library (for example, sensors) will lead to more detailed information about the object or to an error message indicating insufficient access rights—depending on user account and access rights.

icon-book-arrowsIn libraries, you can right-click objects to access the Context Menus of nodes and the library itself. You can also set up notifications to entire libraries, see our example chapter here.


Video Tutorial: Libraries in PRTG