20. 04. 2015 Patrick Zambelli Asset Management, NetEye, Uncategorized

GLPI Plugin UPDATE: Automatic Recognition of network devices and their modules

There are some important new features available regarding the GLPI Plugin about which I wrote in my earlier article Automatic Recognition: Network Devices and their Modules. As described in that post, the GLPI Plugin, which is available since version 3.5 of NetEye, permits the automatic recognition and administration of all your network devices. The plugin includes the recognition of all components and their properties (through NeDi), as well as the management of the corresponding contracts and other administrative data (through GLPI).

But now, let’s talk about the news:

1. Advanced Search for Network Devices and their Modules

The new version 1.0 of the GLPI Plugin allows advanced abilities in terms of listing and searching for network devices. Until now, you had the possibility to seach for associated contracts, but now you can even link to installed modules within the network device view. Vice versa in the chassis view you can link to the corresponding modules.

GLPI: Auflistung der Netzwerkgeräte mit Suchtreffern nach Netzwerkmodul "Power Supply"

Listing of the network devices with search hits “Power Supply” on their network modules

GLPI: Auflistung der Module mit Chassis Verknüpfung

Listing of modules with associated chassis

2.    Extended Reporting Abilities

The existing reporting was able to export network data from the asset management (GLPI) and to filter this data according certain key information as for example supplier, model, firmware, version ecc. The update provides advanced filter possibilities:

  • filter by name of the network device as well as by the name of a single module
  • filter by status (expl. broken)

Moreover, also the associated contracts are displayed in the data output.

GLPI: Reporting mit Filtermaske und Datenausgabe

Reporting with filter mask and data output

3.    New Notification Management

This is a complete new feature for the plugin version 1.0 . If a device is removed from the network and therefore isn’t recognized anymore from the network discovery, it is set to “offline > removed from nedi” in the Asset Management (GLPI). Additionally, the administrators get the corresponding notification.

Benachrichtigungsmanagement - globale Einstellungen des Moduls

Notification Management – global settings of the module

It works in this way:

When NeDi discovers a device, the date of the last discovery is stored. This value is compared with a certain threshold, which can be set in GLPI. In case a device isn’t recognized for more than 1 month (31 days), the software assumes that device has been removed or decommissioned.

Following steps:

  • device status is set to a sub category of “offline” (offline > removed from nedi)
  • a notification, containing a list of all devices, which exceeded the threshold for the first time (31 days without having been scanned successfully), is sent to administrator

The settings regarding the notifications can be easily integrated to the generally valid GLPI settings. In the below-mentioned example the group “Network-Admins” is notified.

Benachrichtigungsmanagement - Benachrichtigungskonfiguration in GLPI

Notification Management – Configuration of notifications within GLPI

The plugin update is compatible with NeDi 1.4 and GLPI 0.84. Here you can download the update: neteye-glpi-plugin-nediinventory-1.1.0.tar

 

Patrick Zambelli

Patrick Zambelli

Product Manager at Würth Phoenix
After my graduation in Applied Computer Science at the Free University of Bolzano I decided to start my professional career outside the province. With a bit of good timing and good luck I went into the booming IT-Dept. of Geox in the shoe district of Montebelluna, where I realized how a big IT infrastructure has to grow and adapt to quickly changing requirements. During this experience I had also the nice possibility to travel the world, while setting up the various production and retail areas of this company. Arrived at Würth Phoenix I started developing on our monitoring solution NetEye. Today, in my position as Product Manager, I aim to continuously improve our solutions and to adapt them to actual market requirements.

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Patrick Zambelli

After my graduation in Applied Computer Science at the Free University of Bolzano I decided to start my professional career outside the province. With a bit of good timing and good luck I went into the booming IT-Dept. of Geox in the shoe district of Montebelluna, where I realized how a big IT infrastructure has to grow and adapt to quickly changing requirements. During this experience I had also the nice possibility to travel the world, while setting up the various production and retail areas of this company. Arrived at Würth Phoenix I started developing on our monitoring solution NetEye. Today, in my position as Product Manager, I aim to continuously improve our solutions and to adapt them to actual market requirements.

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