Add a Custom Device Attribute to Enhance Monitoring

Use Advanced Collection to view, configure or add almost any device attribute you are interested to monitor in Aternity dashboards. This requires creating XML files and PowerShell scripts.

Procedure

  1. Step 1 Open a browser and sign in to Aternity.
  2. Step 2 View the list of out-of-the-box as well as predefined custom data already monitored by Aternity by selecting the Gear Icon > Advanced Collection.
    You can add new custom monitors if they do not already appear here.
    List of custom predefined monitors
    The table displays the full list of monitors added to Aternity.
    Field Description

    Attribute Name

    Displays the name of a custom attribute as entered in the Add Monitor window and as it appears in the dashboards.

    Description

    Displays the description of a health event, monitoring instance, or attribute.

    Monitor Type
    Displays the type of monitor out of those technologies Aternity uses to collect data:
    • Registry: Monitor that checks Windows property in device's registry

    • WMI: Monitor that queries operating systems database that includes information about devices

    • Event Log: Monitor that gets notifications from Windows Event Viewer that include information about application or system crashes

    • PowerShell: Microsoft automation solution

    • Generic Plugin: Agent plugin that collects data from monitored devices

    • Dump Analyzer: Monitor that explores what caused a blue screen on the device

    Collection Method

    Relevant for device custom attributes only.

    Displays the method of collecting data:
    • CSV: Collecting data from a .CSV file after uploading it to Aternity

    • Monitor: Collecting data from an XML file after uploading it to Aternity

    • PowerShell: Collecting data from a PowerShell script after uploading it to Aternity

    If collection method is not selected, it appears as Not Assigned.

    Frequency

    Displays frequency of the check interval. For example, the script will run once in 30 minutes to check if there are events. If there is an event, it will be detected and reported. The default frequency is one minute. We recommend running it once a day or once an hour, if required.

    Rollout

    Displays the group of devices which monitor this entry:

    • Test Group indicates that Aternity only monitors this entry for users or devices in the test group.

    • All Users indicates that Aternity monitors this entry for all reporting devices.

    • Custom indicates that Aternity monitors this entry for users or devices in a custom group that you created.

    • Multiple indicates that Aternity monitors this application for several different groups, which are assigned to different activities of the application.

    To see the number of unique users who have been running the application in the past hour, go to the row's context menu on the right > Go to Monitor Application and see the User Trend section in that dashboard.

    Last Modified

    Displays the time stamp when someone last changed any of the settings of this monitor.

  3. Step 3 Add or edit device attributes for further monitoring.
    There are several ways to add custom device attributes to Aternity: CSV mapping and Monitor - 2 methods to enter the system. CSV file - 2 columns - source and its mapping. How to create custom device attributes, learn here.
    Field Description
    Attribute name

    Displays the name of the device attribute as it appears in the dashboards.

    Description

    Collection Method
    Assign collection method for the attribute. Go to the row's context menu on the right > and select the method:
    • Set CSV Mapping
    • Set Advanced Monitor Collection
    • Set PowerShell Collection
    Frequency in seconds
    Last Modified

    Displays the time stamp when someone last changed any of the settings of this monitor.

    1. a To add a new monitor, select Add Monitor.
    2. b To edit an existing monitor, go to the row's context menu on the right > and select Add Monitor.
    3. c
    4. d Select Set CSV Mapping.
    5. e Select Set Advanced Monitor Collection.
    6. f Select Set PowerShell Collection.