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Understand the Network View

The Network View is the main window of the console and is the starting point for most administrative tasks. The Network View is where you view device inventory data, create queries to search for and group devices, select devices to remote control, and so on.

The Network View window is always open and contains two panes. The left pane (A) shows a hierarchical tree view of the core server and database you're currently connected to and its Devices, Queries, and Configuration groups. You can expand or collapse the tree objects as needed. The right pane (B) in the Network View displays a detailed results list of the selected group's items.

A Network View pane, B Selected item's list view

You can resize the Network View window and its panes and columns, but you can't close it. The Network View window is not dockable like the tools windows.

NOTE: Role-based administration
The devices you can view and manage in the Network View, and the management tools you can use, are determined by the access rights and device scope assigned to you by the administrator. For more information, see Role-based administration overview.

The Network View contains the following groups and subgroups:

Core

The Core object identifies the core server you're currently connected to. The Core object is located directly under the Network View root and can be collapsed and expanded.

Core object name syntax

The syntax for the core object name is:

Server Name\Database Instance

Devices

The Devices group contains the following device subgroups.

  • My devices: Lists devices for the currently logged-in user, based on the user's scope. A user can create device subgroups only under My devices. Users can add devices to their My devices group, or any of its subgroups, by copying them from the Public devices and All devices groups. Users can also click and drag devices from Public devices and All devices into their My devices group.

NOTE: Dragging and dropping items in the Network View
When you click an item in order to drag it to another group in the Network View, the cursor indicates where you can and can't drop the item. As you move the cursor over a group object, a plus-sign (+) indicates that you can add the item to that group, and a "no symbol" (circle with a slash through it) indicates that you can't add the item to that group.

  • Public devices: Lists devices an administrator (a user with the LANDESK Administrator right) has added from the All devices group. An administrator sees all of the devices in this group, while other users see only the devices allowed by their scope. Also, only an administrator can create a subgroup under Public devices.
  • All devices: Lists all devices that can be seen by the currently logged-in user, based on the user's scope, in a flat list (no subgroups). For an administrator, All devices lists all managed devices that have been scanned into the core database. Devices configured with the standard LANDESK agent automatically appear in the All devices group when they are scanned into the core database by the inventory scanner.
  • Computers
  • Mobile
  • MDM managed
  • Agentless
  • Devices with older agents
  • Hardware Password Manager

For regular users, All Devices is a composite of their user's My devices and Public devices groups.

Administrators and users can run asset reports on the devices in this group.

You can also manually add computers to the Network View by right-clicking the All devices group, selecting, clicking Insert new computer, filling in the device and network information, and clicking OK. These computers also appear in the User added computers subgroup under the Configuration group.

Users

Virtual OS Hosts

The Virtual OS Hosts group shows VMWare ESX virtual host servers. The Virtual OS Hosts group contains the following configuration groups:

  • My virtual OS hosts: Lists virtual OS hosts for the currently logged-in user, based on the user’s scope. A user can create device subgroups only under My virtual OS hosts.
    Users can add devices to their My virtual OS hosts group, or any of its subgroups, by copying and pasting them from the Public virtual OS hosts and All virtual OS hosts groups. Users can also click and drag virtual OS hosts from public virtual OS hosts and All virtual OS hosts into their My virtual OS hosts group.
  • Public virtual OS hosts: Lists devices a Management Suite administrator has added from the All virtual OS hosts group. Users with the LANDESK administrator right see all of the devices in this group, while other Console users see only the devices allowed by their scope. Only an administrator can create a subgroup under Public virtual OS hosts.
  • All virtual OS hosts: Lists all virtual OS hosts that can be seen by the currently logged-in user, based on the user’s scope, in a flat list (no subgroups). For an administrator, All virtual OS hosts lists all managed virtual OS hosts that have been scanned into the database. Virtual OS hosts configured with the Standard LANDESK Agent automatically appear in the All virtual OS hosts group/folder when they are scanned into the database by the inventory scanner.
  • User virtual OS hosts: Lists all the virtual OS hosts in the database (organized by user subgroups). User subgroups are named with user login IDs (i.e., computer name\user account or domain\user account). Each user group contains the virtual OS hosts that appear in that user's My Virtual OS Hosts group.

Queries

The Queries group contains the following query subgroups.

  • My queries: Lists queries either created by the currently logged-in user, or added to the user's User queries group by an administrator. A user can create, modify and delete query groups and queries under their My queries group. They can also copy queries to this group from the Public queries group.

Any query a user runs is limited to the range of devices defined by the user's scope. For example, if a user's scope is All machines, the query will search all devices in the core database, but if the user's scope is restricted to 20 machines, only those 20 machines will be searched by the query. For more information on creating queries, see Database queries.

  • Public queries: Lists queries that an administrator, or a user with the Public Query Management (PQM) right, has added. Only users with the LANDESK Administrator right or the PQM right can add, modify, or delete query groups or queries in the Public queries group. However, all users can see the queries in this group, and can copy them to their own My queries group.
  • All queries: Lists all queries that can be seen by the currently logged-in user, based on the user's scope, in a flat list (no subgroups). All queries is a composite of the user's My queries and Public queries groups.

Administrators can use this group to run a user's queries against that user's scope, as if they were that user. In this way, an administrator can preview exactly the results a user will see when they run a query.

Scopes

The Network View includes a shortcut to view existing scopes, or to edit or create new scopes. You can also define the fields you want to display in the Network View. For details about creating and using Scopes, see Create a scope.

Configuration

The Configuration group contains the following configuration subgroups.

  • PXE holding queue: Lists PXE holding queues and the devices that are waiting in the PXE holding queue.
  • Bare Metal Devices: Lists bare metal devices that have been created for provisioning tasks.
  • PXE Provisioning (Windows PE): Lists devices targeted for Microsoft Windows PE provisioning tasks.
  • Multicast domain representatives: This item only applies for devices with agent versions older than 9.6. Lists configured multicast domain representatives that can be used for software distribution load balancing. For more information, see Using self-organizing multicast with software distribution.
  • Pending unmanaged client deployments: Lists devices that have been discovered by the Unmanaged Device Discovery tool, and are waiting for an agent configuration task. For more information, see Unmanaged device discovery overview.
  • User added computers: (Administrator only) Lists computers that have been added manually to the Network View via the Insert new computer dialog (right-click the All devices group).

Inspector results

When you use the LANDESK Inspector to view data, you can double-click a chart in the Inspector window and view the details in the Inspector Results window.

Viewing the results this way makes the data actionable. For example, in the Scheduled tasks inspector a chart can show how many devices have failed a task. If you double-click the chart, you’ll see the individual devices listed in the Inspector results folder. You can then apply an action to those devices (such as restarting the task) or view a report with that data to follow up.

Data in the Inspector results folder changes every time you double-click on a chart in an inspector window.

 


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