Device Groups

LibreNMS supports grouping your devices together in much the same way as you can configure alerts. This document will hopefully help you get started.

Pattern

Patterns work in the same was as Entities within the alerting system, the format of the pattern is based on the MySQL structure your data is in such as tablename.columnname. If you are ensure of what the entity is you want then have a browse around inside MySQL using show tables and desc <tablename>.

As a working example and a common question, let's assume you want to group devices by hostname. If you hostname format is dcX.[devicetype].example.com. You would use the pattern devices.hostname. Select the condition which in this case would Like and then enter dc1\..*\.example.com. This would then match dc1.sw01.example.com, dc1.rtr01.example.com but not dc2.sw01.example.com.

Wildcards

As with alerts, the Like operation allows RegExp.

A list of common entities is maintained in our Alerting docs.

Conditions

Please see our Alerting docs for explanations.

Connection

If you only want to group based on one pattern then select And. If however you want to build a group based on multiple patterns then you can build a SQL like query using And / Or. As an example, we want to base our group on the devices hostname AND it's type. Use the pattern as before, devices.hostname, select the condition which in this case would Like and then enter dc1.@.example.com then click And. Now enter devices.type in the pattern, select Equals and enter firewall. This would then match dc1.fw01.example.com but not dc1.sw01.example.com as that is a network type.

You can now select this group from the Devices -> All Devices link in the navigation at the top. You can also use the group to map alert rules to by creating an alert mapping Overview -> Alerts -> Rule Mapping.