Documentation forSolarWinds Observability

Manage observed network devices in SolarWinds Observability

Starting with 2024.1, you can manage devices network devices and servers monitored by a Network Collector directly from SolarWinds Observability.

You can access the management options from the Network area overview, from the Entity Explorer, or from device details views.

Managing network devices and servers monitored by a network collector, requires Owner, Admin, or Viewer permissions. See Permissions.

Stop collecting data for monitored devices

  1. Select the entity you want to stop collecting data for either in the Network area overview or in the Entity Explorer. Management buttons for your selection will be displayed above the entities table.

  2. Click Pause Metric Collection and confirm the change.

  3. As an alternative, you can hover over the table row, click the vertical ellipses () in the far-right column, and select the option in the menu. On device details view, find the vertical ellipsis in the top-right corner of the view.

No new data for the selected entities will be collected and displayed in SolarWinds Observability.

Resume collecting data for monitored devices

  1. Select the entity you want to resume collecting data for either in the Network area overview or in the Entity Explorer. Management buttons for your selection will be displayed above the entities table.

  2. Click Resume Metrics Collection and confirm the change.

  3. As an alternative, you can hover over the table row, click the vertical ellipses () in the far-right column, and select the option in the menu. On device details view, find the vertical ellipsis in the top-right corner of the view.

Data for the selected entities will be collected and displayed in SolarWinds Observability.

Remove devices

When you remove a device from SolarWinds Observability, the entity is removed but the historical data is retained. Calculations using this data are not affected.

  1. Select the entity you want to remove either in the Network area overview or in the Entity Explorer. Management buttons for your selection will be displayed above the entities table.

    You can remove network devices, servers, or hosts monitored by a Network Collector.

    You can remove multiple network devices and servers simultaneously.

  2. Click Remove, and then click Remove again in the confirmation dialog.

  3. As an alternative, you can hover over the table row, click the vertical ellipses () in the far-right column, and select the option in the menu. On device details view, find the vertical ellipsis in the top-right corner of the view.

The entity is removed both from the Network Collector and SolarWinds Observability.

If the entity re-appears in the Entity Explorer, delete it again. This can be caused by latency, long message queues, or other connection issues.