The Live Optics Optical Prime 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 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.
Create text file
Before running the Optical Prime collector, you should first create the list of servers that need to be imported into Optical Prime.
- Open your preferred text editing software and create a new text file.
- Add all 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.
Run Live Optics from the command line
- Open the Live Optics folder where the .NET ZIP file was extracted and start LiveOptics.exe
- Proceed through the title screen and EULA acknowledgements and then select Server & Cloud and Optical Prime
- Select the desired Upload Options
- Click on the Import Server List button
- Click Browse for File and locate the TXT file from Step 1. Click Open
- Check the boxes of the servers that you wish to add
- Select the operating system for the servers
- Click OK
Enter authentication credentials (min. Admin Read) when prompted
Optical Prime will attempt to connect to each server in the order listed in the files. It 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 the servers within a given target list file.
- If more than one user account is required, all the servers exist within your organizations private network and are considered trusted.
Configure Live Optics and begin collector run
The final step is to configure the remaining options in Optical Prime and begin the collector run. Once the collector run has started, Optical Prime will continue to run collecting performance information on all the servers imported into it. At this time, a project can be created, and the data can be reviewed on the Live Optics Portal.