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How to Check if a Device Exists

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Created on: Sep 14, 2009 11:16 AM by Noel Brockett - Last Modified:  Apr 20, 2010 3:59 PM by Matt Ray

How to check if a device exists using a REST or XML-RPC call

 

Devices can be checked for existence through the UI but also through a programmatic interface. This how to will describe how to check if a device exists using that interface.

Using a REST call

Checking if a device exists through a rest call can be done by a simple web get. In this example we will use wget to check of the existence of a device. If you use wget don't for get to escape the "&" or wrap the URL in single quotes.

 

[zenos@zenoss $] wget 'http://admin:zenoss@MYHOST:8080/zport/dmd/Devices/Server/Linux/devices/MYDEVICE'

 

If this command results with an exit code of 1 and a server response code of 404, then MYDEVICE does not exist in Zenoss. If this command results with an exit code of 0 and a server response code of 200, the MYDEVICE does exist in Zenoss.

Using an XML-RPC Call from Python

This is an example of how to check if a device exists using python. Because XML-RPC can be used from any language feel free to use your favorite. What is important here is the base URL in ServerProxy.

 

>>> from xmlrpclib import ServerProxy
>>> serv = ServerProxy('http://admin:zenoss@MYHOST:8080/zport/dmd/Devices/Server/Linux/devices/MYDEVICE')
>>> try:
>>>     serv.getId()
>>>     exists = True
>>> except:
>>>     exists = False
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