<%NUMBERING1%>.<%NUMBERING2%>.<%NUMBERING3%> PRTG Manual: Clone Object

If you want to duplicate an object with the same settings, you can clone it. Cloning is available for groups, devices, and sensors. Unlike the results when using the Create Device Template option, a cloned device contains all objects of the original device, regardless of whether they bring about working sensors or not. This often depends on the settings of the cloned device.

The new object takes over all settings of the original object. This means, for example, that an Auto-Discovery will start automatically on a cloned device (as soon as you resume it) if this option is set on the original device. This may result in sensors appearing twice. To prevent doubled sensors, set Sensor Management to Manual (no auto-discovery) in the device settings before resuming the clone.

To start, right-click an object in your device tree, and from the context menu, select Clone... to open an assistant.

Clone Dialog for a Sensor

Clone Dialog for a Sensor

icon-i-roundYou cannot clone 'fixed' objects, such as the root group or a probe device.

icon-i-roundIf you want to clone a sensor, a faster way is to use the Manage Device Tree function.

icon-i-round-redThe user account that clones an object must have at least read access to this object and all objects underneath in the hierarchy. The user group of this account must have the permission to create all sensor types which run on the device or group that is going to be cloned.

Clone Object Settings

OBJECT To Be Cloned


Several fields show information about the object that you are cloning. The available information varies depending on whether you clone a group, device, or sensor.

Name of New OBJECT

New Object Name

Enter a meaningful name for the new object to identify it later in, for example, the device tree or lists. By default, PRTG uses the old name with a preceding Clone of.

New IP Address/DNS Name

This field is only available when you clone a device. Enter the IP address or DNS name for the new device.

Parent group/device for new OBJECT

Use the object selector to choose the object that you want to add the object clone to. If you clone a group or device, select a group. If you clone a sensor, select the device you want to add it to.

Click the Continue button to save your settings. If you change tabs or use the main menu, all changes to the settings will be lost!

The overview page of the new object that you have cloned will open. By default, all sensors are initially paused so you can change settings before monitoring starts. Please check the settings and resume monitoring.

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