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extract information from solarwinds

There is information available in a monitoring tool called Solarwinds, that is needed to be extracted and sincronised on-line in order to have information up to date in Confluence.

 

We are thinking to use Confluence in order to gather all network documentation as switches information, IP, switch name, switch ports, mac address, V-LAN, etc. This infor is available in a monitoring tool, however we would like to know if it would be feasible to connect Confluence with the monitoring tool in order to feed Confluence with the latest data available.

 

Regards,

Lara Pérez

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Daniel_Eads Atlassian Team Mar 20, 2019

Hey Lara,

At a basic level, if you're simply looking to embed a SolarWinds page into Confluence, you could use an iFrame on a Confluence page (there's a Marketplace plugin for that if you have Confluence Server). You might do this if you had some other details about specific devices on a Confluence page and wanted to show an up-to-date view into Solarwinds. The downside of this is that users would need to be authenticated with Solarwinds (or have an account to authenticate in the iFrame) to see the information.

If you're looking to natively display the information in Confluence, you'll first need to export it from Solarwinds. It looks like there are some CSV and/or Excel export options. Not being personally familiar with the Solarwinds interface, I can't provide exact advice on how to get the info you need exported. Once that hurdle is cleared however, you have a couple options!

  1. You can have the Excel file saved as an attachment on a page via the WebDAV connector. From there, you can display it on the page using the built-in Office Excel macro or if you need additional display options, the Excel for Confluence macro on the Marketplace.
  2. You could try importing the data natively with the Advanced Tables for Confluence addon from the Marketplace which offers some import options. I have not personally used this plugin for an import like this - while it looks possible from the listing, it might take some fiddling to get things working the way you'd like.

Hope this provides you a direction to start investigating!

Cheers,
Daniel

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