About the Entity Viewer app


The Entity Viewer app is now available as an Early Adopter (EA) release with full support. This means that you can expect frequent releases as new features are introduced as well as provide feedback as a customer during feature development.

The Entity Viewer app provides a web-based interface for real-time monitoring, investigation, and analysis of entities tracked in Obcerv. Its customizable view lets you group, filter, and navigate from a high-level overview to a more detailed view of entities, all within a single intuitive interface.

Entity Viewer page

About the Early Adopter release Copied

You can expect the app to continue to evolve as more features are introduced. The next few releases will phase in features such as the following:

Entity Viewer and the Geneos Active Console Copied

While the Entity Viewer app shares some familiar functionalities with the Active Console, it is not a direct replacement. You’ll still need the Active Console for tasks like:

Entity Viewer page Copied

The Entity Viewer page provides a single pane from which you can check the status of your IT estate. Entities that you choose to monitor are conveniently grouped on this page.

You can quickly view context groups and entities with real-time severity changes. As updates are received, summary statistics and chip or tile colors change accordingly.

Entity Viewer page

Add a new context group Copied

Define groupings and filters to organize monitored entities.

  1. Click Add context.
  2. Provide a context name. Add Context Group
  3. On the Filter drop-down list, select options in Classifications, Attributes, or Dimensions to filter the classification.


    For each selection, you can click on the chip and choose a specific value to further refine the entity group.
  4. On the Group By drop-down list, select options in Classifications, Attributes, and/or Dimensions to organize the entities.
  5. On the State Tree drop-down list, select which value to display in the state tree.
  6. Click Save.

You’ll see a new context group added in the Entity Viewer page. To edit the group, click .

Deep-dive data on an entity Copied

Each tile is colored according to its severity. You can drill-down data to the metrics or attributes level of an entity.

  1. From a context group, hover on an entity tile to see an overview.
  2. Click an entity tile to see a tree view of the data associated with the selected entity.
  3. Expand the tree view and select an item to drill-down data.
  4. In the Metrics, Logs, Attributes, Related Entities, or Activity sections, scroll down to check associated data. You may be able to click on some UI elements to see more information.

Search for entities Copied

Find an entity by searching for names, values, and strings. You can limit or delimit the results using several options.

  1. From the Entity Viewer page, click the search box. The search window appears.
  2. On the Context drop-down list, select your preferred context to search within.
  3. Type your keywords in the search box.


    To get individual matches with two or more keywords, put your search terms inside quotes (for example, "gateway-nightly").
  4. Click Search descendants if you want to show parent entities with children that match the search criteria. Selecting this option may impact system performance. This option is disabled if no context is selected.
  5. Click Include search matches to conveniently highlight the keywords in the search results.
  6. Click Classified only to get results that have a classification policy.
  7. Choose types in Scope to limit your search (for example, metrics). Each type has a corresponding icon at the beginning of the search result to help you sort the results.
  8. Select whether to include active or inactive entities in Status.
  9. Select which severity levels to include in Severity.
  10. In Classification, choose to search entities with a specific classification.
  11. Click a search result to review the details in tree view.

Classifications Copied

Entities in Obcerv are identified by their unique set of dimensions. However, different data sources may use different conventions for assigning dimensions. This means that entities that are similar conceptually may have very different dimensions and be difficult to capture in one query.

Consider the following two entities as an example:

Both entities represent disks, but have very different dimensions.

To resolve this problem you can create policies that assign special attributes to entities called classifications. You can then use classifications to easily create simple queries.

The Classifications page shows all current policies used to assign classification attributes.

system overview

Create a new classification policy Copied

To create a new policy that assigns classifications:

  1. Click Edit to enter editing mode.
  2. Click the Add rule button.
  3. Specify an Attribute Name. This is the attribute that attached to all entities this policy effects.
  4. Specify one or more policy rules. You must specify an Attribute Value and a pattern that defines Where each policy rule is applied. To do this use an Expression.
  5. (optional) If you have set multiple policy rules you can order them using the arrow buttons.
  6. Click OK, then click Save.

Edit a classification policy Copied

To update an existing classification policy:

  1. Click Edit to enter editing mode.
  2. Select the menu button of the policy you want to change, then click Edit.
  3. Modify the Attribute Name.
  4. Add or modify policy rules. If you have set multiple policy rules you can order them using the arrow buttons or delete them using the delete button.
  5. Click OK, then click Save.
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