Working with credentials
To identify, monitor, and perform actions on devices, WhatsUp Gold uses one or more credential sets per device.
You can apply credentials to a devices at discovery or rescan time, as part of credential maintenance, and as new or additional monitors require them.
- Credentials are needed for network discovery.
- Each credential type you apply can affect the richness of information returned for discovering, monitoring, and reporting purposes.
- Richer credential sets provide a better picture of connectivity, including virtual hosts and hypervisors, guest VMs, VLANs, and so on.
- For core WhatsUp Gold performance monitors (CPU utilization, Memory Utilization) you need at least SNMP or Windows credentials during network discovery.
Credential Types (Built into WhatsUp Gold)
Credentials Library provides the following credential types:
. Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMPv1, SNMPv2, SNMPv3).
. Windows, VMware, SSH (typically used for Linux and UNIX).
. Secure Shell client (SSH), Telnet client.
. Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S).
. Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure (Tenant and Enterprise).
. Meraki Cloud.
. ADO, JMX.
: Most active monitors that include scripting (PowerShell, for example) have the ability to apply credential sets as part of remote processing (before and during the active session).