A Profile is a collection of Alerts that act on behalf of a set of Monitors. Profiles determine what Monitors specific Administrators and departments watch, as well as when and how they are alerted.
ipMonitor's Profiles and suite of Alerts provide the flexibility required to accommodate many different types of Alerting methods and Recovery actions.
Profile features allow you to:
The flexibility of Profiles allows configuration options such as:
When a Monitor detects a problem, for example quality of service has degraded, a predefined threshold has been surpassed, a content pattern has been detected or a connection failure has taken place, the following events occur in sequence:
To view the Profiles List, click the Alerts menu option.
Create and configure a new Profile. This will launch the Add New Profile screen.
Create and configure new Content Generators. A Content Generator is used to format data into messages for Information Alerts.
Enter a unique Name for the new Profile. This name will be displayed in the Profiles List.
Depending on the overall purpose of the Profile, it may be more efficient to simply list Groups and Monitors that will have their Alerts suppressed rather than listing Groups and Monitors to alert for.
To add an alerting method to the Profile, select the Alert Type from the drop-down menu. The Alert configuration screen will then be displayed, allowing you to set configuration parameters for the Alert.
Note: For detailed information on a particular Alert, please refer to the specific Alert Type document.
Select the checkbox beside the Alert you wish to permanently remove. To select all configured Alerts for a Profile, check the Name checkbox in the Profile Members: Alerts title bar. A confirmation prompt will be displayed prior to removing the selected Alert(s).
Individual Alerts or selection sets of Alerts can be cloned to quickly add new Alerts to your installation. Once an Alert is cloned, simply change only the parameters you need (such as the Availability and Alert Range) to put the new Alert into service.
The cloned Alerts will appear in your Alerts List for the relevant Profile. They can be easily recognized by the [cloned] label that is automatically applied to the Alert Name.
If you need consistent custom Tags in every Alert, cloning allows you to duplicate this information instantly. The importance of the Tag will remain the same upon cloning, so you can quickly discern which Alerts have important information or require further Tag configuration.
All Alerts assigned to a Profile are listed by Alert Name. To edit an Alert, click on the Alert Name.
To launch the Tag editor, click the note icon. Tags can contain:
Note: For detailed information on custom Tags, please refer to the section titled About Tags.
To assign specific Monitors to a Profile, click the Add Monitors menu option, and then select the Monitor(s) you want to include. Click the Continue button.
To assign specific Groups to a Profile, click the Add Groups menu option, and then select the Groups you want to include. Click the Continue button.
To remove specific Groups or Monitors from a Profile, select the checkbox beside the Monitors or Groups you wish to remove, and then click the Remove Selected menu option. To select every Group and Monitor, check the Name checkbox in the Monitor / Group Name title bar. A confirmation prompt will be displayed prior to removing the selected Group(s) and Monitor(s).
ipMonitor supports escalated (ordered) Alerting. By controlling the number of Monitor failures to accumulate before triggering an Alert, you can easily share Alerts among Administrators who have different levels of responsibility, among various Recovery Actions, or both.
Note: For detailed information on configuring an Alert to take advantage of this feature, refer to Alert Escalation.
Independent scheduling is supported for each Alert. Schedules are based on a weeklong calendar, and time periods can be configured in 15-minute intervals.
Note: For more information on schedule configuration, refer to Alert Scheduling.
Different Credentials can be set for each individual Alert, allowing for specific Credentials to be used when executing certain Alerts that require authentication. Alerts can also use the Windows account assigned to the ipMonitor Service.
Note: For more information about Credentials, refer to the section titled About Credentials.
For information on other features and concepts related to those discussed in this article, refer to the following ipMonitor resources:
Last Updated: March 30, 2007 | What did you think of this topic?