Manage SEM groups: Add, edit, view, and more

Default groups that have not been saved under a new name will revert to their original settings the next time you upgrade SEM. SolarWinds recommends that you clone any group that is included with SEM before you make changes to the group. This practice will prevent groups with custom values from being overwritten. See Clone a group for more information.

Open the Groups View in the SEM console

To open the Groups view in the SEM console, navigate to Build > Groups. Use the Groups view to create, name, configure, and organize your groups.

The following screen capture shows the Groups view in the SEM console.

Refer to the table for descriptions of the columns in the Groups grid.

Field Description

Opens a menu of commands you can perform on a selected grid item.

Type

The group type.

Name

The group name.

Description

The group description. Pointing to this field displays the complete description as a tooltip.

Created By

The console user who created the group.

Created Date

The group creation date.

Modified By

The console user who last modified the group.

Modified Date

The recent date when the groups were modified.

Manager

The Manager name associated to the group.

The Groups grid lists every group associated with a SEM Manager instance. If you manage multiple SEM Managers from a single console, and each SEM Manager has a copy of a group, the group will appear multiple times in the grid.

To sort groups by SEM Manager or by group type, click the corresponding column headings.

Find a group with the Refine Results pane

Use the Refine Results pane to filter the groups grid and reduce the number of groups displayed. The Refine Results pane displays items that match the filter criteria, and hides everything else. For example, to only view Time of Day Set items, type Time of Day Set in the search field. To restore hidden items, either click Reset, or select All in the refinement lists.

The following screen capture shows the Refine Results pane.

Refer to the table for descriptions of the controls in the Refine Results pane.

Field Description

Reset

Returns the form and the Groups grid to their default settings.

Search

Enter your search text in the text box. The grid displays only those groups that match or include your entered text. For example, type Email Template to only view Email Template items.

Type

Select the group type that appears in the grid.

Manager

Select a Manager to display groups associated with the Manager.

Created By

Select the console user who created the group and display groups from this user.

Created Date Range

Enter or select a date range to display groups created within your date range.

Modified By

Select the console user who last modified the group and display groups modified by that user.

Modified Date Range

Type or select a date range to display groups modified on or within your selected date range.

Add a new group

When you create a group, it is only added to the SEM Manager that is selected when you create the group. To copy a group for use with another SEM Manager, export the group and then import it into the other Manager's Groups grid. See Export a group for steps.

  1. Open the SEM console. See Log in to the SEM web console for steps.

  2. On the SEM toolbar, navigate to Build > Groups.

  3. In the upper-right corner of the Groups grid, click , and then select the group type you want to create.

    The Group Details pane opens to display an editable form for your selected group type.

  4. Complete the form, and then click Save.

    Choose from the following topics for help completing the form:

Edit a group

  1. Open the SEM console. See Log in to the SEM web console for steps.

  2. On the SEM toolbar, navigate to Build > Groups.

  3. Next to the group that you want to edit, click , and then choose Edit.

    The Group Details pane opens to display an editable form for your selected group type.

  4. Edit the form, and then click Save.

Clone a group

When you clone a group, you copy an existing group and label it with a new name. Cloning allows you to create group variations for use with your rules and filters.

Cloned groups are created on the same SEM Manager instance as the original instance. To duplicate a group for use with another SEM Manager, export the group and import it from the Groups grid. See Export a group for steps.

  1. Open the SEM console. See Log in to the SEM web console for steps.

  2. On the SEM toolbar, navigate to Build > Groups.

  3. Next to the group that you want to clone, click , and then choose Clone.

    The cloned group appears in the Groups grid below the original instance.

    A cloned group uses the same group name as the original group, followed by an integer. For example, a clone of the Disk Warning group would be called Disk Warning 2. A second clone would be called Disk Warning 3, and so on.

  4. Rename and edit the group's settings as needed.

Export a group

Export a group to save a copy of the group outside of SEM. You can also export a group from one SEM Manager and import it into another Manager. You can only export one group at a time.

  1. Open the SEM console. See Log in to the SEM web console for steps.

  2. On the SEM toolbar, navigate to Build > Groups.

  3. Click next to the group that you want to export, and choose Export.

    The Save As dialog box opens.

  4. Choose a location to save the group file, and then click Save.

    The exported group file is saved with a .swgrp file extension.

    You can now import the group for use with another Manager.

Import a group

You can import groups from a remote source into the Groups grid. You can import a group that you exported from another SEM Manager instance, or you can import a group provided by SolarWinds. You can only import one group at a time.

  1. Open the SEM console. See Log in to the SEM web console for steps.

  2. On the SEM toolbar, navigate to Build > Groups.

  3. In the upper-right corner of the Groups grid, click , and then choose Import.

    The Open dialog box opens.

  4. Navigate to the group file that you want to import, and then select it.

    Group files have a .swgrp file extension.

  5. Click Open.

    The group is added to the Groups grid.

  6. In the Group Details pane, assign the group to a SEM Manager instance.

    Complete the remaining selections.

  7. To send the imported group to the SEM Manager, click Save.

  8. If you are working with email templates or state variables, drag the new group from the Groups grid into the folder (in the Folders pane) that stores the group.

Delete a group

  1. Open the SEM console. See Log in to the SEM web console for steps.

  2. On the SEM toolbar, navigate to Build > Groups.

  3. Next to the group that you want to delete, click , and then choose Delete.

  4. When prompted, click Yes to confirm the delete.

    The group is removed from the Groups grid.