When Solarwinds runs automated scans it will detect that this nodes system name contains “AWSVU” and then it will automatically add this node into the “AWS UAT servers” group.
We don’t need to worry about editing the custom properties fields as Solarwinds will use the “system name” Orion Object to determine group membership.
If we apply this dynamic query methodology to all of our nodes, switches, routers, firewalls, servers, we can sort them neatly into groups without custom fields and without any manual editing of custom fields.
Once all relevant groups have been setup to host their respective dynamic queries they can be left to populate only requiring editing when naming conventions are revised.
NOC displays can utilise these dynamic groups to give system owners better visibility of their environment. It is very useful to be able to display a functional group of servers or network devices on a map.
Dynamic groups extricate us from having to edit custom property fields to add new devices into categories with less ongoing maintenance resulting in less reliance on the MSP Solarwinds support partner.
If we combine the dynamic group methodology with custom properties we can create a neat and tidy Solarwinds instance, sorting as it scans new nodes, providing groups ready for display on your NOC’s and allowing the user to store that critical custom property information about those nodes.