Since this topic has come up several times over the last few weeks, I’ve decided to blog about creating custom report templates in Denika, our MRTG Performance Trender.

The first request was for monitoring Sensatronics temperature probes.  And then today we received the following request on our forums:

“Are there any way to make denika support mibs of ZTE or Huawei? Can i edit the template by some way, or some other method is available?”

And the answer is Yes, you can create new device and report templates with Denika. For Sensatronics, ZTE, Huawei, and other vendors also.  If they support SNMP, we can monitor them.  All you need is the IP Address, OID string, and the SNMP Credential for the device.

How to create custom templates
1. Since these devices probably do not yet have Device templates in Denika, the first step is to go to Denika Admin Tools->Discovery->Single Device->enter the IP Address and Credential, and then select View First.

2. If a Device template does not exist for this device, you will be prompted to create a new template for this device.
a. If the Device template does exist, skip to step 5 omitting the Click View First again portion.

Create Denika Device Template

3. Edit the Device label with the make and model of the device and select Device Type (Router, Switch, Server, etc.).

4. Click Continue and you will then be prompted to click HERE to continue discovering the device which will take you back to the Discover a Single Device input form.

5. Click View First again, and select the reports you wish to create, or, if the reports you need are not listed, at the bottom of the page, click on ‘Click here’ if you do not see the report you wish to discover.

6. You will be taken to the the Device Discovery Template with the default reports for that device type. If there are reports listed you want to discover that are not checked, you can check them here and they will be created next time you run discovery on that device.

7. If the reports you want (specific to these devices) are not listed, at the bottom of the page, click where it says: Don’t see the report you want? Click ‘here’ to create a new report template.

8. That will take you to the Denika Report Template Wizard.
Enter the OID, IP Address, and select the Credential for that device, then follow the prompts on the pages that follow.

Denika Report Template Wizard

9. For more information on the Report Template Wizard, you can click the ? in the top right corner of the page and it will take you to our context sensitive help pages.

10. After creating these report templates, and ensuring they are selected in the Device Template, you will be prompted to discover the device again to create the reports.

11. If you have multiple new report templates to create for a single device, you can go to Denika Admin Tools->Templates->Reports, and use the Report Template Wizard to create new report templates. You will also need to make sure those Report templates are selected in the Device template prior to discovering the device.

For more information on Denika, or if you have further questions on creating custom SNMP device or report templates, please call us at 207-324-8805.

We can also show you how to integrate Denika reports into your Scrutinizer NetFlow Analyzer maps.

Joanne Ghidoni

Joanne is a Software Quality Assurance Engineer at Plixer. She has also held positions as Technical Support Engineer and Sales Engineer since joining Plixer in 2005. Prior to joining Plixer, Joanne has had numerous positions in the IT field, including data entry, computer operator, PC coordinator and support, mainframe programmer, and also Technical Support and web programmer at Cabletron Systems. In her spare time, Joanne enjoys traveling, always seeking out new and interesting places to visit.


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