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Gain a basic understanding of Device42’s hierarchy and terminology.

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This is the Device42 homepage. The Dashboard provides a high level view of your inventory … you can arrange your dashboard widgets, add and remove widgets, and personalize your dashboard. The search box enables quick access to your data. Almost everything in Device42 is searchable … the search bar is also part of the main menu, and accessible at the top of every page. Before we drill-down into all the cool features and functionality of Device42, I would like to briefly review the hierarchy and a bit of terminology. The hierarchy … buildings are the top level object in the Device42 … Buildings include one or more computer rooms. At the next level we have rooms … each room can contain racks and stand-alone objects. Next we have racks …racks can contain devices and assets. In Device42 terms, devices have IP addresses, and assets do not.

There are 6 categories of devices. Remember, devices have IP addresses. Everything else is an asset.

Physical devices like servers, switches, disk controllers, and chassis.

Blades devices – hardware modules that are housed in a chassis.

Virtual devices – virtual machines and appliances like Device42!

Cluster devices – containers that can include physical, blade, and virtual devices for example: a group of web servers that function as a web farm.

Other devices – this is a user-defined subtype to enable you to create any device type wish, examples are: Printers, scanners, faxes, modems, and tablets.

Unknown devices – this is how devices are sometimes categorized if type was not found during the discovery process, unknown devices must have their type assigned manually.

Finally, The Device Tree View is a good way recap the Device42 hierarchy, starting with the building, room, rack, physical device, blade device, and virtual device.

This concludes our introduction, thanks for watching!

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