Bulk Server Import with Live Optics .NET Collector
The Live Optics software is designed to be used in both small and large IT environments. As IT assets increase in number, the process of adding servers manually to Live Optics can increase to where using the manual connection of remote servers becomes less efficient. This KB article is designed to show how to use a text file and the bulk import function to import a list of servers into the Windows .NET version of Live Optics.
*NOTE: The Native Win32 version of Live Optics will only perform the host based performance collection.
The bulk import functions require the use of the Live Optics .NET collector that can be downloaded here.
Step 1: Create text file
Before running the Live Optics collector, you should first create the list of servers that need to be imported into Live Optics.
- Open your preferred text editing software and create a new text file.
- Add all of the servers (Windows and Linux) to be imported into Live Optics into a list. You can enter each server by either its IP address or its hostname.
- Save the text file in the folder where Live Optics was extracted and select the .txt file type.
Step 2: Run Live Optics from the command line
- Open the Live Optics folder where the .NET ZIP file was extracted and start LiveOpitcsDotNet4_5.exe
- Proceed through the title screen and configurations until you are at the Optical Prime configuration page.
- Click on the "Import Server List button"
- Click "Browse" and locate the TXT file from Step 1. Click "Open"
- If any of the servers need to be removed, uncheck the boxes next to them.
Step 3: Enter authentication credentials when prompted
Optical Prime will attempt to connect to each server in the order listed in the files. Optical Prime will prompt for a username and password, and will pass those credentials for each server in the list. If a server rejects the credentials, Optical Prime will prompt for new credentials, and those will be used for the remainder of the list.
This method of configuring Optical Prime should only be used if the following criteria are met:
- The same user account will be used to access all of the servers within a given target list file.
- If more than one user account is required, all of the servers exist within your organizations private network and are considered trusted.
Step 4: Configure Live Optics and begin collector run
The final step is to configure the remaining options in Live Optics and begin the collector run. Once the collector run has started, Live Optics will continue to run collecting performance information on all of the servers imported into it. At this time, a project can be created and the data can be reviewed.