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Creating hosts manually

To create a host manually:

  1. Go to Configuration > Hosts > Hosts and then click Add.
  2. Fill in the fields (see below), and then click Save.
  3. Deploy the configuration.

Configuration of the host

General information

  • The Name field defines the host name that will be used by the Monitoring Engine. The following characters are not authorized: ~!$%^&|'"<>?,()=*{} and spaces.

  • The Alias field shows the alias of the host.

  • The Address field defines the IP address or DNS name of the host. The Resolve button enables us to resolve the domain name by questioning the DNS server configured on the central server.

  • The Templates field enables us to associate one or more host templates with this object.

    In case of conflicts between settings present on multiple templates, the host template above overwrites the identical properties defined in the host templates below.

    This button enables us to change the order of host templates image This button is used to delete the host template image

    The services associated with the host template will be created automatically.

  • Enable/disable resource: This setting determines whether or not the host and its services must be monitored. If the host is disabled, it does not appear on the Resources Status page.

Monitoring settings

  • The Monitoring server field indicates which poller will monitor this host.

  • The SNMP Community & Version fields contain the name of the community and the SNMP version.

  • Custom macros:

    • The Name and Value field enable us to define the name and value of the macro.
    • The Password box is used to hide the value of the macro.

    To reinitialize to the default value (defined in the template), click image

    To view the description of the macro, click image

    To delete the macro, click image

    To change the order of the macros, click image

  • The Check Period field defines the time period during which the scheduler checks the status of the object.

  • The Timezone field indicates the location of the monitored hosts. The check period for this host will be based on this timezone.

Scheduling options

  • The Max Check Attempts field defines the number of checks to be performed before confirming the status of the host. When the status is confirmed, the notification process is triggered.
  • The Normal Check Interval is expressed in minutes. It defines the interval between checks when the host status is OK.
  • The Retry Check Interval is expressed in minutes. It defines the check interval of the Not-OK status of the host.


  • The Host Groups list defines the host groups to which the host belongs.
  • The Host Categories list defines the categories to which the host belongs.
  • The Host severity field indicates the severity level of the host.

Additional information

  • The Icon field indicates the icon used for the host.
  • The Note field permits us to add optional notes concerning the host.
  • The Note URL field defines a URL that can be used to give more information on the host.
  • The Action URL field defines a URL normally used for giving information on actions on the host (maintenance, etc.).
  • The Geographic coordinates field defines the geographical coordinates used by the Centreon MAP module to position the resource on a map. Define "Latitude,Longitude"; for example, the set of coordinates for Paris is "48.51,2.20"