A monitoring device is a collection of one or more related tasks to be performed in sequence on a set schedule. All tasks within a device are included in the alerting and reporting communications, so that if any single task within a device errors, the alerts and reports will reflect the error.

Unless tasks are closely related, we recommend you create one task per device. This will ensure that each task runs independently and does not have to wait for a previous task to complete before it starts. This will also ensure that alerts are triggered in a timely manner.  If there are multiple tasks in a device, all tasks must be run before an alert will be triggered.

There are several steps involved in creating a new device:

  1. From the Device Manager page, click New Device at the upper-right corner to add a new monitoring device.
  2. Select the task you need to perform.
  3. Configure the task settings. Use recommendations given for UserView, BrowserView, WebView, ServerView, and MetricsView tasks correspondingly.
  4. Enter a device name in the text box at the top of the device settings page. Use a descriptive name to help later identify this device amongst a list of other devices.
  5. Configure device settings as monitoring, alerts, reports.
  6. Check the device summary.
  7. Click Create Device at the lower-right corner to save the device.