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Working with Apply for rules - tcp ports example

This example wants to show you how to make use of Apply For rule for services.

First you need to define a tcp_ports data field of type Array assigned to a Host Template. Refer to Working with fields section to setup a data field. You also need to define a tcp_port data field of type String, we will associate it to a Service Template later.

Then, please go to the Dashboard and choose the Monitored services dashlet:

Dashboard - Monitored services

Then create a new Service template with check command tcp:

Define service template - tcp

Then associate the data field tcp_port to this Service template:

Associate field to service template - tcp_port

Then create a new apply-rule for the Service template:

Define apply rule

Now define the Apply For property, select the previously defined field tcp_ports associated to the host template. Apply For rule define a variable config that can be used as $config$, it corresponds to the item of the array it will iterate on.

Set the Tcp port property to $config$:

Add field to template

(Side note: if you can’t see your tcp_ports property in Apply For dropdown, try to create one host with a non-empty tcp_ports value.)

That’s it, now all your hosts defining a tcp_ports variable will be assigned the Tcp Check service.

Have a look at the config preview, it will show you how Apply For services will look like once deployed:

Host config preview with Array