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From the Active Display Console, select Tools / Add-In Manager

Add-In Manager Dialogue

IPSentry Add-In Manager

Add-Ins enhance and extend IPSentry usability, monitoring, and alert notification capabilities by providing access to third-party or in-house developed software.

IPSentry utilizes 3 types of Add-Ins. Any single Add-In may or may not provide services for one or all three types.

Menu Style:
These Add-Ins can be either full blown applications that you add to the Add-In menu option on the Active Display, or they may customized components that conform to the IPSentry Add-In Development Specification (IADS). These components can be report generators, log analyzers, etc... Anything that users of IPSentry may find beneficial to be accessible from the Active Display Menu.

Monitoring Style:
These Add-Ins are customized components that conform to the IPSentry Add-In Development Specification (IADS). These components allow almost limitless possibilities to the monitoring options within IPSentry. Obviously, a single application can not handle every single requirement of network monitoring. With Monitoring Add-Ins, developers can create components that will fulfill that need. (I.e. Perhaps you want to monitor the size of a given file, a VERY simple add-in could be developed to monitor the size of a file and return alert information if the size has or has not been reached.)

Alert & Notification Style:
These Add-Ins are customized components that conform to the IPSentry Add-In Development Specification (IADS). These components allow almost limitless possibilities to the notification options within IPSentry. Obviously, a single application can not handle every single notification possibility. With Alert Add-Ins, developers can create components that will fulfill that need. (I.e. Perhaps you have the file size add-in running, and you want to rename the file or move it to another location - an Alert Add-In could be easily developed to perform this task.)

Installed Add-Ins
This list contains summary information about the Add-Ins that have been registered for use with IPSentry. In order to install a new Add-In, you must access the Add-In Manager from the Active Display menu.

Add-In
Contains the names of the Add-Ins registered with IPSentry and matching the filter applied by the check-box settings above the list. The name of each Add-In must be unique.

Loader
Depending on the type of add-in, this column will contain either the internal Class or Object name used to create and access the add-in, or it will contain the executable file that will be launched (menu Add-Ins only)

Usage Type
Contains the functionality that the Add-In supports.

menu - This type of Add-In can be displayed on the Add-In menu on the Active Display. This can be either a component or windows application.

alerting - This type of Add-In can be used for alert and notifications.

monitoring - This type of Add-In can be used as a monitoring entry.

On Menu
If the Usage Type field contains "menu", then you can configure this add-in to be displayed on the Add-In menu on the active display. Because Add-Ins can be of more than one time, you have the option of using or disregarding specific functionality of the Add-In.
 

Menu (option)
This check-box filters the list of displayed Add-Ins to those that contain Menu style functionality.

Alert (option)
This check-box filters the list of displayed Add-Ins to those that contain Alert style functionality.

Monitoring (option)
This check-box filters the list of displayed Add-Ins to those that contain Monitor style functionality.

About Add-In (button)
If the Add-In selected supports the ABOUT request, additional information about the Add-In will be displayed. Add-ins that require a registration key should give access to the entry of the registration keys at this point. On the Add-In About Screen.

Load/Unload (button)
If the Add-In is a MENU type Add-In, this button will toggle the LOADED/UNLOADED (On Menu) flag telling IPSentry whether or not to display this Add-In on the Add-In menu.

Uninstall (button)
Removes the Add-In. This will completely remove all reference to the selected Add-In from IPSentry. Including any Monitor Entries.

Install New (button)
Will display the IPSentry Add-In Registration Dialog to register a new Add-In with IPSentry.

IPSentry Add-In Manager - Install New ActiveX Add-In

IPSentry Add-In Manager - Install New Command

Add-In Creation Method
Determines the type of Add-In being registered.

ActiveX Object
Determines the type of Add-In being registered is an ActiveX / COM component that will be created using the "CreateObject".  This is the required method for Monitoring and Alerting add-in components.

Command line Application
Determines the type of add-in being registered is a command line function.  This type if add-in is used only for "Menu" style add-ins and will appear in the IPSentry console menu under "Tools / Add-Ins".   Using this option allows you to place common utilities on the IPSentry menu.   As an example, the IPSentry DASH Client, IPSentry Graphing Tool, and IPSentry License Manager are all installed by default as menu based add-ins even though they are separate and distinct applications.

Add-In Name
For application style add-ins, this will be the unique identity name of the add-in that will appear on the menu.

For ActiveX style add-ins, this will be the Class Object name to be used by the CreateObject function.
For example, instantiation of the IPSentry File/Dir Monitoring addin uses IPSFLMon.IPSFMLonCTLV6 class.

Get Config Info / Browse
For ActiveX - this button will obtain the Title, Description, and feature options for the add-in and fill the remaining field.

For command line type add-ins, this will be a "Browse" button allowing you to browse for the command line executable to use.

Title
This is the descriptive reference to the add-in.  For example, IPSFLMon.IPSFLMonCTLV6 is "File and Directory Monitor"

Description
This is the description of the add-in as obtained from the executable or the add-in object.

Install (button)
Click this button to install the add-in into the IPSentry add-in repository.

 

 

 



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