Applicable to Entuity v20.0 upwards.
The user defined REST API polling allows you to add support for network devices, software-defined platforms, and applications that provide data via REST APIs. This is an extension to the other methods by which you can extend or add monitoring for new devices and technologies (user defined polling and webhooks).
Newly-polled attributes supported by REST API polling are integrated with the Entuity data model, and are visible and accessible throughout the UI in the same way that other attributes are, e.g. in dashlets such as Object Attributes, Object Associations and Key Info.
- Define enhanced user defined poller, either via the Entuity UI or the Entuity RESTful API functionality.
- Poller allows user defined attributes to be populated via REST API calls.
- Each attribute automatically stores historical stream data.
Enhanced user defined poller functionality:
- The poller defines the Entuity device type to which it is applicable. It also provides a filter to further restrict which devices it applies to. Only devices of the correct type (which pass the filter) will incur license usage. For further help and information on licensing in Entuity, please see this section.
- For devices of the correct type that pass the filter, an associated object is created via a 1-to-1 associated object named specifically for that poller. If multiple pollers are applicable, there is one associated object for each poller, each via a separate associated object.
- The associated object and attributes only appears on devices of the correct type. They are empty (null) for any devices that do not pass the filter.
- A poller can contain multiple steps. Each step can define variables that take their value from data obtained within that step which then becaome available to subsequent steps, and utilize variable values defined in any earlier step.
- This allows support for e.g. multi-step authentication, where it may be necessary to make an initial request using a username-password to obtain an API Key, which is then passed as a header field (like a cookie) into a subsequent request. Another example might be when you are required to make one request to discover the unique key of a device from its name and then use that unique key when looking up further information on the device.
Users require admin privileges or the User Defined Polling tool permission in order to create or modify user defined API pollers. Please see this article for help and information on user permissions in Entuity.
Each time a user defined poller is applicable to a managed device within Entuity, a new sub-component is added to that device. This new sub-component holds the attributes polled by the user defined API poller. Each sub-component will not cost any associated device license credits.
Please see this section for help and information on licensing in Entuity.