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Set the default naming of a discovered device

You can define how SolarWinds N-central determines the device name during Discovery. When SolarWinds N-central runs a discovery to locate devices, it assigns a name to each device. SolarWinds N-central reads the IP address of the device and, if it has a DNS entry, uses the name from the entry. If there is no DNS entry for the device, SolarWinds N-central uses the device IP address.

  1. Click AdministrationDefaultsDevice Defaults.
  2. Select Use Discovered Name to use the device name if available.
  3. Select to use the network device SNMP SysName during discovery, for network devices such as switches, routers and firewalls.
  4. You must have already configured the device name on the device before performing a discovery.
  5. Click Propagate to distribute the default properties to existing devices. Otherwise, the changes you make will only apply to new devices.
  6. Click Save.

The naming properties are applied to new devices that are added to SolarWinds N-central. If you selected Propagate, the changes are applied to the devices currently managed by SolarWinds N-central.

Synchronization can be affected if a user checks Use Discovered Name and Propagate to a device with an edited device name or if the discovered name is updated after initial discovery and the user unchecks the default setting.