Saved questions are questions that you can store on the Tanium Server as configuration objects and reissue without retyping them in the Interact Question Bar. For an overview of saved questions and related concepts, see Saved questions.
Use the following Interact pages to view, issue, create, and edit saved questions, and to move the questions between content sets. You can also perform actions that are specific to each page:
- Interact Content page: Use this page to define categories and dashboards, and assign saved questions to them. You can also select specific questions, dashboards, and categories as favorites.
- Interact Home page. Use this page to see your favorite categories, dashboards, and saved questions.
For details about the user roles and permissions required to manage saved questions, see User role requirements.
The Tanium Server maintains a copy of a saved question configuration for each user who saves the configuration. In the following example scenario, three users save the question, so the Tanium Server has three copies.
- admin1 creates a saved question.
- user1 edits it and saves a copy.
- user2 edits it and saves a copy.
- user3 does not edit the saved question but has permission to read or edit it.
The Tanium Server saves user-specific settings as metadata for the question configuration. For example, say user1 edited the saved question to enable using it in merge operations, while user2 did not. When user1 logs in to the server, the saved question includes this change. When user2 logs in, the change is not included because it was saved only to user1's copy. Upon logging in, user3 sees the original saved question that admin1 created because user3 did not create a user-specific copy by editing and saving the question.
After you set the reissue option in the question configuration, the Tanium Server issues the question at the interval that each user configuration specifies. However, if multiple users have the same computer group management rights, the Tanium Server throttles the redundant traffic. For example, if user1 and user2 both have access to the All Computers computer group and set the reissue interval to every four hours, the Tanium Server reissues the question only once every four hours, not once for each user. However, if user1 has access only to computer group A, and user2 has access only to computer group B, the server reissues the question based on the interval that each user set.
- Use the Interact Question Bar to ask a dynamic question.
- Click Save this question under the Question Bar to open the New Saved Question page.
- Complete the settings described in the following table.
- According to RBAC. Users must have the Read Saved Question permission for the content set to which the saved question belongs to see the saved question.
- Only the Owner and Admins. Only the object owner and users with the Administrator reserved role can see the saved question.
- Click Preview to preview the results you will get when you use the saved question.
- Click Create Saved Question.
|Name||Specify a configuration name. The name appears in saved question lists that are incorporated into Tanium Console workflows. Observe the existing naming scheme so that you and other administrators can find it easily.|
|Content Set||Assign to a content set. The list is populated with all content sets for which you have Write Saved Question permission.|
|Reissue this question every||If you want to periodically reissue the question, specify a number and unit for the reissue interval: Minutes, Hours, Days. The Tanium Server first issues the saved question immediately after you save the configuration. Tanium Clients that are online at that time respond with their answers. You can use the reissue option to account for machines that are not currently online but are routinely online within predictable cycles (and even unpredictable times). For example, employee laptops might be offline the moment you save the saved question configuration, but you think you are likely to find them online at least once if you were to check every eight hours.
If you configure reissuing, the Tanium Server reissues the saved question in the background at the interval you specify. For example, if you save the saved question configuration at 9:00 a.m. local time and specify a reissue interval of every eight hours, the Tanium Server reissues the saved question at 5:00 p.m., 1:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m., and so on. The results are archived. This improves the data quality of recent responses displayed in the Question Results grid for machines that are not online when you use Interact to issue the question. You can use the Question History to verify that the saved questions are sent according to the reissue interval you configured.
Note: If you specify a reissue interval of eight hours, the Tanium Server reissues the saved question exactly every eight hours, regardless of time changes due to daylight savings time.
This option appears only for users with the Administrator or Content Administrator roles. The purpose is to enable an advanced user to curate the configuration for other users. Defaults are commonly understood as good choices. When this option is selected, the administrator's choices populate the initial defaults shown for subsequent users.
The subsequent users are free to modify the settings. When non-administrator users modify the settings, their choices are preserved and will persist even when another administrator subsequently changes the default preferences.
Note: When an Administrator or Content Administrator makes changes, it does change the settings for all other Administrator or Content Administrator users. This design forces administrators to agree on the best default settings.
|Make this question available for drilldown||Enabling this option makes the question available for drill-down operations on question results. When you select results in the Question Results grid and click Drill Down, the Select Drilldown Question dialog box opens and displays the available questions in the Saved Questions tab. You can then select the question and click Drill Down to filter the results based on that question. For details, see Drill down.|
|Non-Counting Question / Counting Question||Specify whether to turn the question into a non-counting question. Non-counting questions have a larger data footprint because the Tanium Server maintains data per computer ID. However, this enables storing recent data for the endpoint. Furthermore, the Allow for merging option is available only for non-counting questions.
The non-counting question option appears when the question is a counting question that has exactly one sensor in the select clause. You can configure the non-counting question option only in the New Saved Question form, not the Edit Saved Question form.
You can configure the Enable collection and reporting of recent data option only in the New Saved Question form, not the Edit Saved Question form.
|Default Tab||Specify a default tab: Question, Grid, or Pie.
The Default Tab setting is saved as a user preference unless you
|Default Grid Chart Zoom||Set the data period for the initial Question Results grid display: Current or Recent.|
|Associated Actions||Optional. Click Add Package and select the package that you want to be the default when a user clicks the Deploy Action button in the Question Results grid.|
The Tanium Server reissues your question and displays the results in the Saved Question Results grid. Depending on the settings you configured, the saved question might appear in the saved question lists that are used in various Tanium Console workflows.
When you save a question that has a parameterized sensor, the sensor definition, including the substituted values, is saved in an object called a temp sensor. On the endpoint, the Tanium™ Client runs the temp sensor when it computes answers to a saved question that calls it. A saved question that is reissued according to a schedule continues to use the temp sensor even if the sensor from which it was based is updated. Therefore, if a sensor is updated, and you want the saved question to use the updated code, you must re-create the saved question.
As a best practice, do not edit saved questions that are provided through Tanium content packs (for details, see Tanium Console User Guide: Best practices for resolving import conflicts (Tip 4)). If editing Tanium-provided questions is necessary, review User-specific saved questions and consult your Technical Account Manager (TAM). Alternatively, you can create copies of Tanium-provided questions and edit the copies. You can also edit custom saved questions that you created from scratch. To edit a saved question:
- Perform one of the following steps to open the Edit Saved Question page:
- Go to the Interact Content page, find the question in the Saved Questions panel, mouse over the question, click Edit , and select Edit Properties.
- If the question is selected as a favorite, go to the Interact Home page, find the saved question in the favorites sections, mouse over the question and click Edit , and then select Edit Properties.
- Configure the settings described in Create a saved question and then save your changes.
If you create a saved question based on a parameterized sensor and then modify the sensor, the saved question behavior will still reflect the original sensor definition. Only after you modify the saved question will it behave as expected with the new sensor definition. For details on parameterized sensors, see Asking questions .
The number of saved questions tends to increase as your team uses the Tanium system more. To find specific questions when the Interact Content page has too many to scan quickly, you can filter by text strings, categories, dashboards, and favorites.
In the Interact Content page, you can click panel cards so that only items belonging to the selected categories or dashboards appear. A card turns gray with a red left edge to indicate you selected it as a filter. You can apply multiple filters. Click Deselect in a panel header to clear all its filters.
In the Interact Content page, you can use text filters in the panels to find items that match a specified string. Click the x in the text search box to clear the filter.
A favorite is a category, dashboard, or saved question that you want to appear on the Interact Home page. You can also use favorites as an optional filter on the Interact Content page. The Tanium Server saves favorites as a user-specific setting; your favorites selections do not apply to other users.
Items that you selected as favorites before upgrading to Interact 2.0 or later remain favorites after upgrading. If you did not have favorites before an upgrade or before installing a new Tanium Server, all categories and dashboards for which you have read permission are set as favorites anyway.
To configure the display of favorite content, perform the following steps:
- Go to the Interact Content page.
On the Interact Home page, clicking the Favorites icon for an item deselects it as a favorite and removes it from the page. However, the Home page does not provide the option to show items that are not favorites, so you cannot restore favorite status to items on that page.
- Beside the name of a category, dashboard, or saved question, toggle the Favorites icon to select or deselect that item as a favorite.
To reduce clicks, click Favorite All or Unfavorite All in a panel header and then toggle on or off individual items in that panel.
- Toggle the Show only filter by clicking Favorites.
The button changes to a dark background to indicate that the panels display only favorites. After you find and select your favorite Categories or Dashboards, you might want to toggle off the Favorites filter so that the Saved Questions panel displays both favorite and non-favorite questions.
After you save a question, you can manually reissue it anytime by performing one of the following steps:
- Go to the Interact Content page and, in the Saved Questions panel, click the question name.
- If the question is selected as a favorite, go to the Interact Home page, scroll down to the Favorite Saved Questions, and click the question name. You can also find and click the question name after navigating to it in the Favorite Categories or Favorite Dashboards sections.
The Tanium Console displays the results in the Saved Question Results page.
If you want to simultaneously issue all the questions in a dashboard, see Issue a dashboard of saved questions.
For details on working with question results, see Managing question results.
In some cases, it is useful to issue several saved questions that are related based on the kind of information they retrieve from endpoints. In such cases, you can group the questions in a single dashboard and issue them simultaneously. For example, the predefined Hardware Inventory dashboard contains questions that retrieve CPU, disk, memory, and BIOS information.
To issue all the questions in a dashboard, perform one of the following steps:
- Go to the Interact Content page and, in the Dashboards panel, click the dashboard name.
- If you selected the dashboard as a favorite, go to the Interact Home page, scroll down to the Favorite Dashboards, and click the dashboard name. You can also find and click the dashboard name after navigating to it in the Favorite Categories section.
The Tanium Console displays the dashboard results page, which shows a results grid for each saved question.
- Use the dashboards drop-down list to issue a different dashboard.
- Use the Filter All Questions Displayed drop-down list to filter to all the results grids by computer group.
- The page displays the dashboard name, favorite status ( for favorite, for non-favorite), and number of saved questions.
- Toggle all the results grids on the page between one or two columns.
- The page displays the question name and runtime indicator icon (see Managing question and sensor thresholds). The drop-down list provides options to show the question syntax, copy the question to the Question Bar, or copy the question to the Question Builder. You can click the question name to reissue the question. If you want to change the question settings, click Edit (see Edit a saved question).
- Expand (to full-page width) or contract (to half-page width) a particular results grid. The Tanium Server saves this setting for each dashboard on a per-user basis. For example, if you contract the Monitor Details grid in the Hardware Inventory dashboard, the Tanium Console displays that grid contracted the next time you issue that dashboard.
- Select one or more display options: grid (default), pie chart, bar chart, and question text.
- Apply additional filters for each results grid. If you set Filter All Questions Displayed to Filter by Computer Group and also select Filter by Computer Group in the filter for a particular results grid, the Tanium Console uses a Boolean AND to combine the filters.
For details on working with question results, see Managing question results.
Tanium modules and content packs that you import provide predefined categories and dashboards as containers for organizing saved questions. You can also create custom categories and dashboards, and assign saved questions to them based on how you set up role-based access control (RBAC) for your Tanium deployment. You perform all the following tasks on the Interact Content page.
- In the Categories panel heading, click Settings and select New Category.
Specify a Name, Content Set, and Visibility option, and then click Save.
- In the Dashboards panel heading, click Settings and select New Dashboard.
Specify a configuration Name, Computer Group Filter, Content Set, and Visibility option, and then click Save.
By default, new dashboards belong to the Other Dashboards category. Only users with the Administrator or Content Administrator role can see that category, and therefore only those users, and the dashboard creator, can see the new dashboard. If you want other users to see the new dashboard, a user with the required permissions must move it to another category.
- In the Categories panel, mouse over the category, click Edit , and select Add/Remove Dashboards.
- In the Dashboards panel, select the dashboards to include in this category and click Apply.
- In the Dashboards panel, mouse over the category, click Edit , and select Add/Remove Saved Questions.
- In the Saved Questions panel, select the saved questions to include in this dashboard and click Apply.
- In the Categories or Dashboards panel, mouse over the category or dashboard, click Edit , and select Edit Category Information or Edit Dashboard Information.
- Edit the settings and save the configuration.
To edit saved questions settings, see Edit a saved question.
When you delete a category, the Tanium Server reassigns its dashboards to the Other Dashboards category. When you delete a dashboard, the Tanium Server does not assign its saved questions to any other dashboard.
- In the Categories or Dashboards panel, mouse over the category or dashboard and click Delete .
- Confirm that you want to delete the configuration.
You cannot delete a saved question configuration from the Interact Content page, only from the
- Click Settings in the panel heading and select Export Categories, Export Dashboards, or Export Questions.
- Select items to export or Select all.
- Click Export.
- Specify a File Name and click OK.
The XML file is saved to the Downloads folder on the computer that you use to access the Tanium Console.
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