The Devices Page allows you to efficiently navigate to every level of your monitored infrastructure. In this support article, the various navigation features available on the Devices Page are highlighted:
You can navigate through device groups, devices, datasources, and datasource instances all from one panel - the Device Tree. The Device Tree offers a compromise between an expanding node tree and a one-level-at-a-time tree.
Expanding and Viewing Tree Nodes
There are a few places to click on each tree node which all result in slightly different behaviors:
- Click the arrow to the left of any node to expand that tree level without making the node active (i.e. don’t show it in the main panel). This is helpful for quickly drilling down through levels. Click it again to contract that level.
- Click an alert severity icon to the left of any node to make that node active and automatically select the alerts tab in the main panel without expanding the tree level. Click it again to refresh the main panel content and make the node active, if needed.
- Click the node name to expand that tree level and make it active (i.e. show the details in the main panel). Click it again to refresh the main panel content and make the node active, if needed.
Viewing Alerts in the Device Tree
Parent tree nodes will show alerts on child elements with a directional alert severity icon. As you expand each level, the alert severity icon “moves” to the newly-visible child node until you reach the node (usually an instance) that is actually in alert.
Device navigation is split into two categories: the general Device Tree and the Favorites panel. "Favorites" is an easy way to centralize your most frequently viewed device, device group, or instance details in one view, saving you time while navigating around your infrastructure.
Device groups, devices, and instances can be added to Favorites by clicking the star icon highlighted above, located in the tool bar next to the node's name.
The right border of the Device Tree can be dragged to widen or narrow the Device Tree. Widths between 300 and 1000 pixels are supported.
You can hide the Device Tree altogether by clicking the < icon (i.e. less-than sign) located along the top right border of the Device Tree.
When dealing with large numbers of child nodes, it can be helpful to reduce the visual noise by focusing on just that node in the tree. Clicking the Focus icon (which appears when any Group or Device is selected) at the top of the Device Tree will focus the tree on the active tree level. The focused Device or Group will appear in the breadcrumb bar, along with additional navigation tools. All the same click behaviors apply in both the focused and root-level views of the tree.
Use the breadcrumb drop-down or back arrow to re-focus on a higher tree level. Clicking the tree icon will return the tree to the root level and its normal behavior.
Drag and Drop
Drap and drop any non-AWS device or group to change its group membership. Note that:
- Dragging a device to a group will add the device to that group
- Dragging a group to a group will add the group as a sub-group
- Dragging a device to a device will create a new group with the two devices
Device Tree Icons
Icons help you distinguish between the different levels of your monitored infrastructure, and also identify the severity and status of alerts:
You can use the device search to filter device groups, devices, device descriptions, datasources, and instances. Searching for a keyword will return all matches sorted by category:
Navigating Search Results
The device search enables you to quickly locate something in your account without having to traverse the Device Tree in order to find it. Selecting an item from the search results will update your main view, but not the device tree. To update the tree, select the breadcrumb in the main panel. This allows you to quickly flip back and forth until you find what you’re looking for.
Filtering Search Results
You can narrow your search by specifying a category for each keyword. The following search categories are available:
- g: will match device group names
- d: will match device names
- ds: will match datasource names
- i: will match instance names
If you specify two or more filters for the same category, for example two different device group filters, the criteria will logically be interpreted with an OR. For example, g:DEV g:AWS will return devices groups containing DEV or AWS.
Two or more filters of different categories will be interpreted with an AND. In the example below, g:AWS ds:EBS will return datasources containing EBS in groups containing AWS.
Device Search Focus
Similar to the Focus function within the Device Tree, you can also isolate nodes at the Group, Device, and Datasource levels from your search results. Simply select the node into which you would like to focus and then select the "Focus" icon highlighted below.