Working with Application Attributes

Attributes are used to specify identifying information about an application. Just as attributes can be created for and applied to devices, they can also be created for and applied to application profiles. Application attributes can be used when configuring components and actions. They can also be applied to individual application instances without changing the parent application profile. When instances are created from an application profile, any attributes applied to that profile are inherited by the instance. However, inherited attributes can be overridden if desired.

To add an attribute to an application profile:

  1. Select All Application Profiles or any application profile type displayed in the application monitoring tree, then click Add Application Profile. Or, select an existing editable application profile, then click Edit Application Profile.

    Tip: You can also create a new application profile using an existing application profile as a template by clicking Edit a Copy.

  2. Expand the Details configuration table to the right of Attributes.
  3. Click Add attribute, then select an attribute from the list. Please note, you can add global attribute names to WhatsUp Gold using the Application Monitoring Settings dialog which will appear in the dropdown list. This prevents you from having to enter duplicate attribute names when different values are needed.
  4. Enter a Value for the new attribute. If you selected Create new attribute from the list, enter a Name for the attribute as well.
  5. Click Save.

Important: When an attribute is applied to an application profile, it is automatically included when that profile is imported into or exported from WhatsUp Gold by another end-user.

After an attribute has been created and has an assigned value, it is available for use and can easily be applied when configuring actions or components using percent variables. When added to actions, attributes automatically populate their assigned values in message content. When added to component definitions, attributes are used to poll components and test functionality.

Please note, when using application attributes when configuring components:

See Also

Application Monitoring with WhatsUp Gold

Understanding WhatsUp Gold Application Monitoring Terminology

Preparing to Monitor Applications

Discovering Applications

Working with Application Profiles

Working with Application Instances

Working with Components and Component Groups

Working with Discrete Applications

About Action Policies, Actions, and Blackout Policies and WhatsUp Gold Application Monitoring