Let's take a look at an example with vmware probe.
- I have one template which has one metric for VM.
- Target resource is an ESXi which has 2 VMs.
When drag the template and drop over 'Auto Configurations' tree, monitors are configured as Auto Monitor.
Take a look at structure in probe configuration file.
The monitor is automatically applied on all the objects that are found in the target.
In this example, the monitor is also automatically applied on a VM that was newly added.
The change on via 'Auto Configurations' tree is mass update to active monitors.
In this example, it is not possible to have specific VM to be excluded from the template.
When drag the template and drop over Resource tree, monitors are configured as Static Monitor.
This might be more flexible than Auto Monitors.
In this example, static monitor is the right choice if you want to apply the template on specific VMs only.
After applying the template, you can remove monitors that you don't need.
Probe configuration file becomes bigger, which causes probe to require extra computer resources to parse.
Probe require extra computer resources compared to Auto Monitors.