Configuring Device Types

To create a device type:

If you want Device Discovery to use a special icon when it finds this device, make sure you have run the MIB extractor.

  1. From the console, click Configure > Device Types > New.
  2. Enter a Device Type Name for the new device.
  3. In the Icon filename box, browse to a graphic file to represent the device.
  4. In the Overlay text box, you can enter a word or two which will overlay the device icon to help differentiate this device. For example, HP Laser to help differentiate this device from other printers which use the same icon.
  5. Select the device Polling type.
  6. (Optional) In the SNMP Object ID text box, enter an SNMP identifier (or use the browse button ... to find one) that corresponds to a vendor device type; this is usually found in the private > enterprises section of the MIB tree, under the vendor name.

    Device discovery finds and maps devices using the SNMP identifiers to locate the specified devices. To scan for devices, you must also enter the proper Community name.

    You can use multiple identifiers. For example, suppose a manufacturer named Acme makes three devices: the Acme 4500, the Acme 4501, and the Acme 4502. You could define one device type to represent any Acme device in the 4500 series; in the SNMP Object box, you would enter the three SNMP identifiers for the Acme 4500, 4501, and 4502. The Scan tool will use the icon for any of the three devices.

    You need to separate multiple SNMP object identifiers by using semi-colons. The last number in the identifier can be an asterisk, a range using hyphens, or contain multiples separated by commas. For example:;,4,3-4*

  7. Click Next to save the new device type, and access the Active Monitor dialog for device types.
  8. Click Add to add an active monitor for the device type.
  9. Click Next to access the Passive Monitor dialog for device types.
  10. Click Add to add a passive monitor for the device type.
  11. Click Next to access the Context Menu dialog for device types.
  12. Click Add to add a context menu for the device type.
  13. Click Next to access the Action policy dialog for device types.
  14. Associate an action policy, or click the browse button to create or edit an action policy.
  15. Click Finish to save the new device type.

Related Topics

Device overview

Using the Device Discovery wizard