PRTG Manual: Dependencies

You can use dependencies to make PRTG pause sensor monitoring based on the status of another (master) sensor to avoid false alarms and incorrect downtime recording. A dependency stops the monitoring of one sensor or a set of sensors as soon as a specific sensor is in Down status or in Paused status caused by another dependency. This means, for example, that you can stop monitoring remote network services when the corresponding firewall is down due to connection problems.

When using the auto-discovery function, the Ping Sensor on a device is by default set as the master object for this device. This means that monitoring for the entire device is paused if the Ping sensor is in Down status or in Paused status caused by another dependency. Usually, it makes little sense to monitor any other parameters while the Ping sensor indicates that the device can't even be reached.

icon-i-roundYou do not trigger a status change by dependency if you manually pause a master object or if you pause it by schedule. See also this Knowledge Base article Why will dependent objects not go into paused status automatically when I pause the master object?

To view the list of dependencies, choose Devices | Dependencies and the corresponding dependencies path from the main menu. From there you can also access the Dependencies Graph that visualizes all dependencies within your network.

Dependencies Graph

Dependencies Graph

icon-book-arrowsFor more information about the dependency settings, see the settings of the object you want to set a dependency for, section Schedules, Dependencies, and Maintenance Window respectively.

 

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