<%NUMBERING1%>.<%NUMBERING2%>.<%NUMBERING3%> PRTG Manual: SNMP Dell Hardware Sensor

The SNMP Dell Hardware sensor monitors performance counters on a Dell hardware device via the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP).

i_round_blueThe data that you can monitor with this sensor depends on the available performance counters on the target system.

i_round_blueThe SNMP Dell Hardware sensor does not appear as a running sensor, instead it is created as an SNMP Custom Advanced sensor or an SNMP Custom Table sensor.

SNMP Dell Hardware Sensor

SNMP Dell Hardware Sensor

i_square_cyanFor a detailed list and descriptions of the channels that this sensor can show, see section Channel List.

Sensor in Other Languages

  • Dutch: SNMP Dell Hardware
  • French: Dell matériel (SNMP)
  • German: SNMP Dell Hardware
  • Japanese: SNMP Dell ハードウェア
  • Portuguese: Hardware Dell (SNMP)
  • Russian: Оборудование Dell по SNMP
  • Simplified Chinese: SNMP Dell 硬件
  • Spanish: Hardware Dell (SNMP)


  • This sensor requires that the Dell OpenManage Server Administrator is installed on the monitored Dell device.
  • This sensor supports the IPv6 protocol.
  • This sensor has a very low performance impact.

Detailed Requirements



Dell OpenManage Server Administrator

This sensor needs the Dell OpenManage Server Administrator (OMSA) tool to be installed on the target device to monitor it. Make sure that you enable SNMP in the OMSA.

i_square_cyanFor details, see the Knowledge Base: What do I need to monitor Dell servers?

Add Sensor

The Add Sensor dialog appears when you manually add a new sensor to a device. It only shows the settings that are required to create the sensor. You can change nearly all settings on the sensor's Settings tab after creation.

i_round_blueThe settings that you select in the Add Sensor dialog are valid for all sensors that you create when you finish the dialog.

Dell Hardware Specific




Select the performance counters that you want to monitor. PRTG creates one SNMP Custom Advanced sensor or SNMP Custom Table sensor with up to 10 channels for each category that you select. If your selection results in more than 10 channels, PRTG creates the corresponding amount of SNMP Custom Advanced sensors or SNMP Custom Table sensors.

i_round_redSelect the counters that you want to monitor with caution. We recommend that you select only a few counters in this dialog. Use the search in the table header to filter for specific counters. Selecting too many counters might result in thousands of sensors or the sensor creation is canceled.

i_round_blueEnable check boxes in front of the respective lines to select the items. Use the check box in the table header to select all items or to cancel the selection. In large tables, use the search function in the upper-right corner.

Basic Sensor Settings

Click the Settings tab of a sensor to change its settings.

Basic Sensor Settings

Basic Sensor Settings



Sensor Name

Enter a name to identify the sensor.

Parent Tags

Shows tags that the sensor inherits from its parent device, parent group, and parent probe.

i_round_blueThis setting is for your information only. You cannot change it.


Enter one or more tags. Confirm each tag with the Spacebar key, a comma, or the Enter key. You can use tags to group objects and use tag-filtered views later on. Tags are not case-sensitive. Tags are automatically inherited.

i_round_blueIt is not possible to enter tags with a leading plus (+) or minus (-) sign, nor tags with parentheses (()) or angle brackets (<>).

i_round_blueFor performance reasons, it can take some minutes until you can filter for new tags that you added.

The sensor has the following default tags that are automatically predefined in the sensor's settings when you add the sensor:

  • dell


Select a priority for the sensor. This setting determines the position of the sensor in lists. The highest priority is at the top of a list. Choose from the lowest priority (i_priority_1) to the highest priority (i_priority_5).

Dell Hardware Specific

Dell Hardware Specific

Dell Hardware Specific




Shows the name of the interface (performance counter) that this sensor monitors.

i_round_bluePRTG shows this value for reference purposes only. If you need to change this value, add the sensor anew.

Unit String

Define the unit of the numeric data that the sensor receives at the specified OID. Enter a string.


If you want to multiply the received data with a certain value, enter the multiplier. Enter an integer.


If you want to divide the received data by a certain value, enter the divisor. Enter an integer.

If Value Changes

Define what the sensor does when the sensor value changes:

  • Ignore changes (default): Take no action on change.
  • Trigger 'change' notification: Send an internal message indicating that the sensor value has changed. In combination with a change trigger, you can use this mechanism to trigger a notification whenever the sensor value changes.

Sensor Display

Sensor Display

Sensor Display



Primary Channel

Select a channel from the list to define it as the primary channel. In the device tree, the last value of the primary channel is always displayed below the sensor's name. The available options depend on what channels are available for this sensor.

i_round_blueYou can set a different primary channel later by clicking b_channel_primary below a channel gauge on the sensor's Overview tab.

Graph Type

Define how different channels are shown for this sensor:

  • Show channels independently (default): Show a graph for each channel.
  • Stack channels on top of each other: Stack channels on top of each other to create a multi-channel graph. This generates a graph that visualizes the different components of your total traffic.
    i_round_redYou cannot use this option in combination with manual Vertical Axis Scaling (available in the channel settings).

Stack Unit

This setting is only visible if you enable Stack channels on top of each other as Graph Type. Select a unit from the list. All channels with this unit are stacked on top of each other. By default, you cannot exclude single channels from stacking if they use the selected unit. However, there is an advanced procedure to do so.

Inherited Settings

By default, all of these settings are inherited from objects that are higher in the hierarchy. We recommend that you change them centrally in the root group settings if necessary. To change a setting for this object only, click b_inherited_enabled under the corresponding setting name to disable the inheritance and to display its options.

i_square_cyanFor more information, see section Inheritance of Settings.

Scanning Interval

Scanning Interval

Scanning Interval

i_square_cyanFor more information, see section Root Group Settings, section Scanning Interval.

Schedules, Dependencies, and Maintenance Window

i_round_blueYou cannot interrupt the inheritance for schedules, dependencies, and maintenance windows. The corresponding settings from the parent objects are always active. However, you can define additional schedules, dependencies, and maintenance windows. They are active at the same time as the parent objects' settings.

Schedules, Dependencies, and Maintenance Window

Schedules, Dependencies, and Maintenance Window

i_square_cyanFor more information, see section Root Group Settings, section Schedules, Dependencies, and Maintenance Window.

Access Rights

Access Rights

Access Rights

i_square_cyanFor more information, see section Root Group Settings, section Access Rights.

Channel List

i_round_blueWhich channels the sensor actually shows might depend on the target device, the available components, and the sensor setup.




In the channel table on the Overview tab, this channel never shows any values. PRTG uses this channel in graphs and reports to show the amount of time in which the sensor was in the Down status in percent.

[Performance Counter]

The value returned by a specific Dell hardware object identifier (OID), for example

  • Data about the system management software
  • Data about system status
  • Information about chassis and BIOS
  • Various hardware parameters
  • Other valuable data


i_square_blueKnowledge Base

What do I need to monitor Dell servers?

What security features does PRTG include?

What SNMP sensors does PRTG offer?

My SNMP sensors don’t work. What can I do?