<%NUMBERING1%>.<%NUMBERING2%>.<%NUMBERING3%> PRTG Manual: SNMP Custom Table Sensor

The SNMP Custom Table sensor monitors entries from a table that is provided via the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP). You can create one new sensor per table row. For each sensor, you can define up to ten channels. Each channel shows the value of one defined table column.

The sensor can show the following:

  • Numerical values in up to 10 channels per table row

icon-i-roundWhich channels the sensor actually shows might depend on the monitored device and the sensor setup.

icon-i-roundThe SNMP Library sensor automatically creates SNMP Custom Table sensors when the imported Management Information Base (MIB) file contains tables.

SNMP Custom Table Sensor

SNMP Custom Table Sensor

Sensor in Other Languages

Dutch: SNMP Aangepaste Tabel, French: Table SNMP personnalisée, German: SNMP (Benutzerdef. Tabelle), Japanese: SNMP カスタムテーブル, Portuguese: Tabela customizada do SNMP, Russian: Нестандартная таблица SNMP, Simplified Chinese: SNMP 自定义表, Spanish: Tabla de SNMP personalizado

Remarks

Add Sensor

The Add Sensor dialog appears when you manually add a new sensor to a device. It only shows the setting fields that are required for creating the sensor. Therefore, you do not see all setting fields in this dialog. You can change (nearly) all settings in the sensor's Settings tab later.

PRTG creates one SNMP Custom Table sensor for each table row that you select in the Add Sensor dialog. The settings you select are valid for all sensors that you create when you finish this dialog.

The following settings in the Add Sensor dialog differ in comparison to the sensor's Settings tab.

Snmp Table

Table OID

Enter the object identifier (OID) of the SNMP table that you want to monitor. The OID needs to point directly to an object that represents an SNMP table. Once you have created the sensor, you cannot change this value. It is shown for reference purposes only. If you need to change this value, add the sensor anew.

icon-i-roundWithout entering an OID, you cannot proceed with sensor channel creation.

Basic Sensor Settings

Sensor Name

Enter a meaningful name to identify the sensor. You can use the placeholders [tablename] and [rowidentifier]. They are replaced with the name of the table and the identifying value of the chosen row respectively. You can select the column that provides the row identifier in the Identification Column option below.

You can also enter a valid OID that is part of a different SNMP table, for example, [1.3.6.1.2.1.2.2.1.2], to query information that is not contained in the current table. The same index as in the original table is added to the OID.

Table Specific

Table

Select the relevant table rows in which you find the data that you want to monitor. You see a list with the names of all items that you can monitor. Add check marks in front of the respective lines to select the desired items. You can also use the check box in the table header to select all items or cancel the selection.

icon-i-roundPRTG creates one sensor for each selection.

PRTG shows you the table that the OID you entered before returns. To better find what you want to monitor, particularly in large tables, use the search function in the upper-right corner.

Identification Column

Define the identification column for the SNMP Custom Table sensors that you want to create. The sensor uses this column to uniquely identify each table row. This column should preferably be unique because it allows the sensor to keep track of changing indexes.

The value of the column that you selected as identification column replaces the [rowidentifier] in the sensor name. This lets you distinguish sensors that are created for the same SNMP table.

icon-i-roundOne new sensor is created for each table row that you select.

Sensor Channel #2 – #10

You can create up to 10 different sensor channels for this sensor. You have to define at least one data channel, so you see all available settings for Sensor Channel #1 without enabling it manually. Additionally, you can define Sensor Channel #2 up to Sensor Channel #10. To do so, choose between:

  • Disable: The sensor does not create this channel.
  • Enable: Create an additional channel and define all its characteristics below, its name, column, value type, and unit.

It is not possible to enable or disable sensor channels after creating this sensor.

icon-i-roundAll sensor channels that you define while creating an SNMP Custom Table sensor are the same for all sensors for each table row.

Value Type

Select the expected type of results in this channel:

  • Absolute (unsigned integer): For integer values, such as 10 or 120.
  • Absolute (signed integer): For integer values, such as -12 or 120.
  • Absolute (float): For float values, such as -5.80 or 8.23. This value type is not compatible with the unit Value Lookup.
  • Delta (Counter): For counter values, PRTG calculates the difference between the last and the current value. The delta value is additionally divided by a time period to indicate a speed value. This value type is not compatible with the unit Value Lookup.

See below for other channel settings that can also be changed after the sensor has been created.

icon-i-round-redThis sensor monitors numerical values only. Make sure that you do not select columns that return strings because they lead to a Down status. For example, if you monitor an ifTable, we recommend that you do not select an ifDescr column because this results in an error.

Sensor Settings

On the details page of a sensor, click the Settings tab to change its settings.

icon-i-roundUsually, a sensor connects to the IP Address or DNS Name of the parent device on which you created the sensor. See the Device Settings for details. For some sensors, you can explicitly define the monitoring target in the sensor settings. See below for details on available settings.

Basic Sensor Settings

Sensor Name

Enter a meaningful name to identify the sensor. By default, PRTG shows this name in the device tree, as well as in alarms, logs, notifications, reports, maps, libraries, and tickets.

Parent Tags

Shows Tags that this sensor inherits from its parent device, group, and probe. This setting is shown for your information only and cannot be changed here.

Tags

Enter one or more Tags, separated by spaces or commas. You can use tags to group sensors and use tag–filtered views later on. Tags are not case sensitive. We recommend that you use the default value.

There are default tags that are automatically predefined in a sensor's settings when you add a sensor. See section Default Tags below.

You can add additional tags to the sensor if you like. Other tags are automatically inherited from objects further up in the device tree. These are visible above as Parent Tags.

icon-i-roundIt is not possible to enter tags with a leading plus (+) or minus (-) sign, nor tags with parentheses (()) or angle brackets (<>).

Priority

Select a priority for the sensor. This setting determines where the sensor is placed in sensor lists. A sensor with a top priority is at the top of a list. Choose from one star (low priority) to five stars (top priority).

Default Tags

snmpcustomsensor, snmpcustomtable

Snmp Table

Table OID

Shows the OID of the SNMP table that this sensor monitors. Once you have created the sensor, you cannot change this value. It is shown for reference purposes only. If you need to change this value, add the sensor anew.

Table Specific

Identifier

This is the value of the column that you selected as the Identification Column during sensor creation. It is also displayed in the sensor name to distinguish it from other sensors you created for the same table with other table rows. You can change the identifier if you want to.

Identification Column

Shows the table column that you chose as identification column. Once you have created the sensor, you cannot change this value. It is shown for reference purposes only. If you need to change this value, add the sensor anew.

Sensor Channel #x Name

Enter a name for the channel in which the sensor shows the desired result. Enter a string.

Sensor Channel #x Column

Select the table column that together with the table row points to the value that you want to monitor in this channel. You can choose between the available columns of the table that you monitor.

Sensor Channel #x Value Type

Shows the value type of the data that this sensor receives in this channel. Once you have created the sensor, you cannot change this value. It is shown for reference purposes only. If you need to change this value, add the sensor anew.

Sensor Channel #x Unit

Define the unit of the data that this sensor receives in this channel:

  • BytesBandwidth
  • BytesMemory
  • BytesDisk
  • Temperature
  • Percent
  • TimeResponse
  • TimeSeconds
  • TimeHours
  • Count
  • CPU
  • BytesFile
  • SpeedDisk
  • SpeedNet
  • Custom
  • Value Lookup

icon-book-arrowsFor more information about available units, see section Custom Sensors.

icon-i-round-redTo use lookups with this channel, choose the unit Value Lookup and select your lookup file below. Do not use the unit Custom for using lookups with this sensor and do not use the channel settings to define a lookup file.

icon-i-blueUsing the unit Value Lookup is not possible when you select the value type Delta (counter) or Absolute (float). You are not able to create the sensor in this case.

Sensor Channel #x Custom Unit

This setting is only visible if you select the Custom unit option above. Define a unit for the channel value. Enter a string.

Sensor Channel #x Value Lookup

This setting is only visible if you select the Value Lookup option above. Select a lookup file that you want to use with this channel.

Sensor Channel #x+1

Shows if you enabled or disabled a channel. Once you have created the sensor, you cannot change this value. It is shown for reference purposes only. If you need to change this value, add the sensor anew.

Sensor Display

Primary Channel

Select a channel from the list to define it as the primary channel. In the device tree, the last value of the primary channel is always displayed below the sensor's name. The available options depend on what channels are available for this sensor.

icon-i-roundYou can set a different primary channel later by clicking the pin symbol of a channel on the sensor's Overview tab.

Graph Type

Define how different channels are shown for this sensor:

  • Show channels independently (default): Show a graph for each channel.
  • Stack channels on top of each other: Stack channels on top of each other to create a multi-channel graph. This generates a graph that visualizes the different components of your total traffic.
    icon-i-roundThis option cannot be used in combination with manual Vertical Axis Scaling (available in the Sensor Channel Settings settings).

Stack Unit

This field is only visible if you enable Stack channels on top of each other as Graph Type. Select a unit from the list. All channels with this unit are stacked on top of each other. By default, you cannot exclude single channels from stacking if they use the selected unit. However, there is an advanced procedure to do so.

Inherited Settings

By default, all of the following settings are inherited from objects that are higher in the hierarchy and should be changed there if necessary. Often, best practice is to change them centrally in the Root group's settings. For more information, see section Inheritance of Settings. To change a setting for this object only, disable inheritance by clicking the button next to inherit from under the corresponding setting name. You then see the options described below.

Scanning Interval

Click inherited_settings_button to interrupt the inheritance. See section Inheritance of Settings for more information.

Scanning Interval

Select a scanning interval (seconds, minutes, or hours). The scanning interval determines the amount of time that the sensor waits between two scans. You can change the available intervals in the system administration on PRTG on premises installations.

If a Sensor Query Fails

Define the number of scanning intervals that the sensor has time to reach and check a device again in case a sensor query fails. Depending on the option that you select, the sensor can try to reach and check a device again several times before the sensor shows a Down status. This can avoid false alarms if the monitored device only has temporary issues. For previous scanning intervals with failed requests, the sensor shows a Warning status. Choose from:

  • Set sensor to down immediately: Set the sensor to a Down status immediately after the first failed request.
  • Set sensor to warning for 1 interval, then set to down (recommended): Set the sensor to a Warning status after the first failed request. If the following request also fails, the sensor shows an error.
  • Set sensor to warning for 2 intervals, then set to down: Set the sensor to a Down status only after three consecutively failed requests.
  • Set sensor to warning for 3 intervals, then set to down: Set the sensor to a Down status only after four consecutively failed requests.
  • Set sensor to warning for 4 intervals, then set to down: Set the sensor to a Down status only after five consecutively failed requests.
  • Set sensor to warning for 5 intervals, then set to down: Set the sensor to a Down status only after six consecutively failed requests.

icon-i-roundSensors that monitor via Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) always wait at least one scanning interval before they show a Down status. It is not possible to immediately set a WMI sensor to a Down status, so the first option does not apply to these sensors. All other options can apply.

icon-i-roundIf you define error limits for a sensor's channels, the sensor immediately shows a Down status. No "wait" option applies.

icon-i-roundIf a channel uses lookup values, the sensor immediately shows a Down status. No "wait" options apply.

Schedules, Dependencies, and Maintenance Window

icon-i-roundYou cannot interrupt the inheritance for schedules, dependencies, and maintenance windows. The corresponding settings from the parent objects are always active. However, you can define additional settings here. They are active at the same time as the parent objects' settings.

Schedule

Select a schedule from the list. Schedules can be used to monitor for a certain time span (days or hours) every week.

icon-book-arrowsYou can create schedules, edit schedules, or pause monitoring for a specific time span. For more information, see section Account Settings—Schedules.

icon-i-roundSchedules are generally inherited. New schedules are added to existing schedules, so all schedules are active at the same time.

Maintenance Window

Specify if you want to set up a one-time maintenance window. During a maintenance window, the current object and all child objects are not monitored. They are in a Paused status instead. Choose between:

  • Not set (monitor continuously): No maintenance window is set and monitoring is always active.
  • Set up a one-time maintenance window: Pause monitoring within a maintenance window. You can define a time span for a monitoring pause below and change it even for a currently running maintenance window.

icon-i-roundTo terminate a current maintenance window before the defined end date, change the time entry in Maintenance Ends to a date in the past.

Maintenance Begins

This field is only visible if you enable Set up a one-time maintenance window above. Use the date time picker to enter the start date and time of the maintenance window.

Maintenance Ends

This field is only visible if you enable Set up a one-time maintenance window above. Use the date time picker to enter the end date and time of the maintenance window.

Dependency Type

Define a dependency type. You can use dependencies to pause monitoring for an object depending on the status of another object. You can choose from:

  • Use parent: Use the dependency type of the parent object.
  • Select a sensor: Use the dependency type of the parent object. Additionally, pause the current object if another specific sensor is in a Down status or in a Paused status caused by another dependency.
  • Master sensor for parent: Make this sensor the master object for its parent device. The sensor influences the behavior of its parent device: If the sensor is in a Down status, the device is paused. For example, it is a good idea to make a Ping sensor the master object for its parent device to pause monitoring for all other sensors on the device in case the device cannot even be pinged. Additionally, the sensor is paused if the parent group is paused by another dependency.

icon-i-roundTo test your dependencies, select Simulate Error Status from the context menu of an object that other objects depend on. A few seconds later, all dependent objects are paused. You can check all dependencies under Devices | Dependencies in the main menu bar.

Dependency

This field is only visible if you enable Select a sensor above. Click the Search button and use the object selector to select a sensor on which the current object will depend.

Dependency Delay (Sec.)

This field is only visible if you enable Select a sensor above. Define a time span in seconds for dependency delay.

After the master sensor for this dependency comes back to an Up status, monitoring of the dependent objects is additionally delayed by the defined time span. This can help avoid false alarms, for example, after a server restart, by giving systems more time for all services to start up. Enter an integer value.

icon-i-round-redThis setting is not available if you set this sensor to Use parent or to be the Master sensor for parent. In this case, define delays in the parent Device Settings or in its parent Group Settings.

Access Rights

Click inherited_settings_button to interrupt the inheritance. See section Inheritance of Settings for more information.

User Group Access

Define the user groups that have access to the selected object. A table with user groups and types of access rights is shown. It contains all user groups from your setup. For each user group, you can choose from the following access rights:

  • Inherited: Use the access rights settings of the parent object.
  • None: Users in this group cannot see or edit the object. The object neither shows up in lists nor in the device tree. Exception: If a child object is visible to the user, the object is visible in the device tree but it cannot be accessed.
  • Read: Users in this group can see the object and review its monitoring results.
  • Write: Users in this group can see the object, review its monitoring results, and edit its settings. They cannot edit access rights settings.
  • Full: Users in this group can see the object, review its monitoring results, edit its settings, and edit access rights settings.

You can create new user groups in the System Administration—User Groups settings. To automatically set all objects further down in the hierarchy to inherit this object's access rights, set a check mark for the Revert children's access rights to inherited option.

icon-book-arrowsFor more details on access rights, see section User Access Rights.

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Edit Sensor Channels

To change display settings, spike filtering, and limits, switch to the sensor's Overview tab and click the gear icon of a specific channel. For detailed information, see section Sensor Channel Settings.

Notification Triggers

Click the Notification Triggers tab to change notification triggers. For detailed information, see section Sensor Notification Triggers Settings.

Others

For more general information about settings, see section Object Settings.

Sensor Settings Overview

For information about sensor settings, see the following sections:

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