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ConnectWise Automate Networking Plugin: Managed Power

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This article describes how to administer and configure Datto Managed Power devices using the ConnectWise Automate Networking Plugin.

Environment

  • ConnectWise Automate

Description

You can administer your Datto Managed Power devices through the plugin and perform tasks such as scheduling actions or cycling a port.

Prerequisites

  • ConnectWise Automate v11 or higher
  • Networking Plugin v1.3.0.84 or higher

Procedure

All changes made in the Networking Plugin will reflect in Datto Networking Portal and vice versa.

To access the plugin and view your managed power devices, follow these steps:

1. Open ConnectWise Automate.

2. From the Admin page, click Tools, then select Datto Networking from the drop-down menu to launch the plugin.

3. Click Power in the plugin's navigation bar.

Figure 1: Power (click to enlarge)

A table listing all managed powered devices within your network will display, and will contain the following information about each device:

Figure 2: Power Devices (click to enlarge)

  • Name: This column displays the name of a device.
  • Location Name: This column displays the location of a device.
  • Client Name: This column displays the client associated with a device.
  • Network Name: This column displays the network associated with a device.
  • Mac: This column displays the MAC address of a device.
  • Description: This column displays a label describing a device.
  • Model: This column displays the model of a device.
  • Firmware Version: This column displays what firmware version a device is using.
  • Enable Pairing: This column indicates a device is pairing to your network.
  • Connection Check Max Retries: This column displays the number of tests the managed power ping test will perform before power cycling the port. Read our Configuring and Administering Your Managed Power Device article for more information on configuring the ping test.
  • IP: This column displays the IP address of a device.
  • Last Checkin: This column displays the last known check-in of the device to Datto's servers.
  • Need Pairing: This column displays the pairing status of a device. If a device requires pairing, this column will display True.
  • Cloud Connectivity: This column displays the cloud connectivity status of a device. A functioning device checking into the Datto Networking Portal will read as up.

You can use the Search bar on the top-right of this page to search for all data within the table. In addition, you can right-click any column to display a contextual menu as shown in Figure 3. This allows you to sort data, wrap the table to your window for a better fit, and choose what columns display in the table.

Figure 3: The column contextual menu (click to enlarge)

Double-click any device to display a window containing detailed information about it, and various actions you can perform. This window will display the following information about a device:

Figure 4: Device information (click to enlarge)

  • Last Checkin: This displays the last successful check-in of a device.
  • Uptime: This displays the uptime of a device.
  • Model: This displays the model of the device.
  • MAC: This displays the MAC address of a device.
  • Firmware Version: This displays what firmware version a device is using.
  • Cloud Status: This displays the cloud connectivity status of a device. A functioning device checking into the Datto Networking Portal will read as up.
  • IP: This displays the IP address of a device.
  • Surge Protection: This displays the surge protection status of a device.

You can also click the Reboot button to reboot the device.

Port Management

You can all view ports associated with your managed power device in the plugin. The plugin displays the following information about each port:

Figure 5: Port Management (click to enlarge)

  • Port ID: This column displays the ID of a port.
  • Port Label: This column displays a description of a port.
  • Power Enabled: This column describes whether a port has power or not.

To edit a port, double-click any cell in the table to modify its contents. Click the Save Port Management button to save all modified settings.

Currently Scheduled Actions

You can view and add scheduled actions that your managed power device will perform at certain time intervals. The plugin displays the following information about each action:

Figure 6: Currently Scheduled Actions (click to enlarge)

  • Ports: This column displays the number of ports assigned to the scheduled action.
  • Action: This column displays what operation the scheduled action will perform.
  • Days: This column displays what days the scheduled task will run.
  • Time: This column displays what time the scheduled task will run.

To add an action, click the New Action button. You can configure the following options when creating a new scheduled task:

Figure 7: Configuring a new action (click to enlarge)

  • Scheduled Activity: Use this drop-down to select what task the scheduled action will perform.
  • Apply to ports: This option allows you to select what ports a scheduled action will use.
  • Select day(s): This option allows you to select what day(s) a scheduled action will run.
  • Select a time: This option allows you to select what time a scheduled action will run.

Click the Add Action button to add the scheduled action, or click the Close button to cancel the operation.

To remove a scheduled action, select one or more actions in the Currently Scheduled Actions table, right-click the table, then click Delete.

Figure 8: Removing a scheduled action (click to enlarge)


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