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Device modeling

A device model is a Collection Zone's representation of a device's characteristics and capabilities. Modeled data is also leveraged in Smart Views. It's important to understand that modeling is not monitoring; it does not collect performance data.

Modeling is the process of discovering device information. Typically, when devices are added, they are modeled. Modeling builds out the component tree (on the left of a device's overview page) and other device information. Modeling happens on a scheduled interval (12 hours by default) that can be changed by Zenoss Support. Devices can also be modeled on-demand using the "model device" button on the device overview page for a particular device.

Modeler plugins

Zenoss Cloud uses plug-in maps to map real world information into the standard model. Input to the plug-ins can come from a number of different sources (SNMP, SSH, WinRM, etc). Selection of plug-ins to run against a device is done by matching the plug-in name against the bound modeler plugins.

Viewing and editing modeler plugins

To view a list of plugins for any device:

  1. Click the device name in the devices list.

  2. In the Device summary page, select Modeler Plugins.

    The Modeler Plugins page appears.

Modeler plugin actions

Action Steps
Add To add a plugin:
  1. Use the right arrow control to move one or more plugins from the Available list (on the left) to the Selected list (on the right).
  2. Click Save.
Reorder Plugins run in the order in which they are listed. To re-order plugins, use the up and down arrow controls, and then click Save.
Delete To delete a plugin from a device, use the left arrow control to move the plugin from the Selected list to the Available list.

Bound modeler plugins can be viewed and managed by browsing to a device or device class, and choosing the Modeler Plugins option on the left panel.

Some standard modeler plugins are:

  • DeviceMap – Collects basic information about a device, such as its OS type and hardware model.

  • InterfaceMap – Collects the list of network interfaces on a device.

  • RouteMap – Collects the network routing table from the device.

  • IpServicesMap – Collects the IP services running on the device.

  • FileSystemMap – Collects the list of file systems on a device.