Get Your PRTG Sensors Under Control: How You Can Automatically Create Sensors in PRTG  

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Monitoring your network is essential, but in today’s small- to medium-sized enterprise, achieving a consistent level of management is difficult. The problem is that networks and connectivity change frequently, leaving network managers and IT teams scrambling to always have an update available when they need it. The risk of not knowing what is occurring on your platform is high and the cost of overcoming a challenge can be even more difficult. However, the right system and solution can help you to learn more about what is happening on your network when it is happening, and when you need to take action.

Know the Risks to Your Company’s Network

There are many risks to your network and they occur every day. A report from Trustwave, for example, that surveyed 476 IT pros found that security weaknesses is a big threat. The survey found that of those interviewed, the majority had no or only a partial system in place for controlling and tracking sensitive data, putting it at risks. Another concern is unpatched or unpatchable devices, which can be highly exploitable within your network, causing a significant risk for hackers who are simply waiting to find this. Forrester reports that there 10 million Windows 2003 servers still in use – among many other forms, and IT pros can “Expect these outdated servers to become a prime target for anyone interested in penetrating the networks where these vulnerable servers reside, “ says Laura Iwan, from the Center for Internet Security.”

You know the risks, but what do you do about your network? One solution to shoring up your network is to ensure you have updated PRTG sensors.

Consider the Value of Automatic PRTG Sensor Configuration

One of the most important and most problematic concerns with PRTG is outdated network device maps. First, let’s consider what a sensor is. PRTG sensors are used to monitor the “health” of the network devices. This gives you to ability to know if your network devices are up, the amount of traffic at a switch port or the amount of space available on a disk drive. When new devices are added to the network, you need to create new PRTG sensors to monitor those new devices. One of the values UVexplorer brings is the ability to automatically notice when devices have been added to the network, and to automatically create and configure PRTG sensors on new devices. This effectively automates a chore that you had to do manually in the past.  

How UVexplorer Can Help You

UVexplorer is a solution. Although you remain completely able to customize its use and function, you can allow it to automatically create sensors on devices for you. It can do this on devices that are exported into PRTG. It works quite effortlessly. When you export discovery results from UVexplorer into PRTG, you can tell UVexplorer at that point, which sensor types you wish to create on the exported devices. Once you have made this adjustment, the system will automatically handle the process for you. Why does this matter?

One key reason it matters is because it allows you to create sensors in bulk. This includes ping sensors. You do not have to wait for the very drawn out and lengthy process of discovery to complete. In addition to this, it only provides the sensors that you actually want and ask for.

Yet another benefit to the UVexplorer solution is that it also keeps your PRTG sensors up to date. Even as your network changes, the system will continue to remain up to date, providing you with information about your network, connected systems, and sensors in real time. When a new device is added to the network, it quickly updates this to allow you to better manage your network. This allows the user to benefit from the speed and accuracy necessary to effectively manage the ever-changing face of their IT network.

Marc Morin of Auvik stated, “Not having physical access to core network infrastructure is no longer an excuse for failing to keep tabs on network performance, topology and inventory.” He continues, “When you can’t count on having direct control over all the devices and data on your network — indeed, when you don’t even know when devices will be taken on or offline, or new ones introduced, as employees haul smartphones in and out of work and hybrid clouds grow and shrink according to need — management and monitoring have to become your chief line of defense against performance and configuration issues.” This showcases the importance of one thing – your job is more difficult than ever. Managing IT effectively means you simply must take steps to automatically get updates that are far more readily available and not held back by a cumbersome process.

UVexplorer provides a solution to this. It provides the automatic, effective updates and does the work for you. This not only boosts your bottom line, but also provides an opportunity for businesses to reduce costs and enhance security, productivity and effectiveness. Contact us to learn more about how this solution can fit into your business’s needs.