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How to Manage Monitoring Data Using Scope, Search, and Find in Essentials

Updated: April 14, 2010

Applies To: System Center Essentials 2010

In a large network environment, System Center Essentials 2010 can monitor several hundred to several thousand objects. You can use the Scope, Find, and Search buttons on the Essentials console toolbar to filter your view of monitoring data so that you can find the exact monitoring object or group of objects that you need.

The Scope, Search, and Find features apply a temporary filter that is not saved for reuse later. You can use views with these features to quickly find data on a particular monitored object. If you need to view the same set of monitoring data, often you can personalize a view so that the same filters are always applied to the data. You can also save a search for later use.

To change the scope of a view

  1. In the Essentials console, click Monitoring.

  2. Click the Scope button on the Essentials toolbar. If this button is not available, check to make sure that you have an object, not a folder, selected in the Monitoring pane. The Change View Scope dialog box displays.

  3. The Change View Scope dialog box displays a list of existing groups and distributed applications. If the list is too long, you can find a specific group or distributed application by entering a word or phrase in the Look for box. Once you make a selection, click OK. Only the objects that meet the scope criteria are shown in the results pane.

To remove an applied scope

  1. In the Essentials console, click Monitoring.

  2. When the Essentials console first starts, by default, all object types display and no scope is applied. If a scope is currently applied, it displays at the top of the results pane.

  3. To remove the current scope, click the X at the top right-hand corner of the scoping area at the top of the results pane.

Find and Search

Use the Find button when the list of objects in the results pane is too long to quickly pick out a particular object. Use the Search button if you want to find all objects that meet a certain criteria.

To use the Find button to locate an object within a list

  1. In the Essentials console, click Monitoring.

  2. Click to select a view that is available in the Monitoring pane.

  3. Check to see if a Look for box is at the top of the results pane. If there is no Look for box, click the Find button on the Essentials toolbar. In Look for, type a word, such as the name of an object, that you want to find in the list, and then click Find.

  4. Click Clear to go back to the original list of objects.

To use the Search feature to create a list of objects

  1. In the Essentials console, click Monitoring.

  2. Click the Search button in the Essentials toolbar.

  3. In the Search window, type the word or phrase that describes the set of objects you want to find. A list of objects that meet your criteria displays. The list is sorted by object type.

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