Monitors gather data, in some cases by running user-defined tests; and they may include rules to evaluate and respond to the data.
A rule specifies at least one condition to evaluate, and at least one action to take if the set of conditions evaluates true. Rules may also include a time element.
Rules can be grouped together into rule sets. This simplifies the process of creating monitors.
Rules can be centrally managed from the Control Center. Like privileges and preferences, rules edited at the inventory group level are inherited by child groups and Local Managers. Rules edited at the Local Manager level only apply to that Local Manager.
To access the Rules page, click Rules from the Automation menu at an Inventory Group detail or Local Manager Summary page. New rules can be created and existing rules can be edited.
Click Add to create a new rule. This is equivalent to issuing the config rule command from the Local Manager command line.
Do not use spaces in the rule name.
The Edit Rule page contains drop-down menus and lists of the same options available from the rules editor within the Local Manager command line.
Edit conditions manually in the Conditions text box or add a new condition using the drop-down menus shown below. Four different menu sets cover the condition types for rules. As each condition is added, the text changes to reflect the new conditions.
Alarms and events are defined using drop-down items and free text fields.
Tasks can be manually edited or specified with the selections on this page.
Click Save at the bottom of the page to create the rule. Select Force update on children to force Local Managers to update a previously inherited rule.
Some rules are often used together. Therefore, it may be convenient to group them into rule sets. When creating monitors, available rules and rule sets are presented together.
Click Rule Sets from the Automation menu on a group detail or Local Manager Summary page.
Existing rule sets are listed on the Rule Sets page. To create a rule set, click Add. In the Create Rule Set screen, provide a name and (optionally) a brief description for the rule set.
Select the first rule from the list of available rules, and click add rule.
Select the relationship (AND; OR) of the first rule to the second rule from the list to the left, then select the second rule.
Continue until all the desired rules have been added to the rule set. Click Save to save the rule set. The new rule set is listed on the View Rule Sets page.
Rules can be promoted to different levels in the Inventory hierarchy using the promote feature. Select the rule(s) for promotion and click the Promote button. Select the inventory group level to promote the rule(s) and make appropriate promotion selections:
When finished with selections, click the Promote to Group button.
A monitor is a type of scheduled task. Monitors gather data and may apply rules to interpret and respond to the data. Monitors are created from the port pages on individual Local Managers.
To create a monitor, click Schedule from the Port Detail page.
Select Monitor from the list of tasks and click Next.
On the Parameters page, choose the type of monitor. If it is an interface monitor, specify the interface to be monitored - for example, GigabitEthernet0/1.
The monitor can be set up without adding rules. The Local Manager gathers and stores the data without acting on it. To do this, click Next to go to the scheduling page.
To create a monitor that uses rules to interpret and respond to the data as it is gathered, select a rule from the list of available rules and click Add Rule.
To add another rule, select the rule and its relation to the rule already added. Then click Add Rule.
On the Frequency page, specify the schedule for this monitor and optionally provide a brief description.
Click Save. The monitor runs as scheduled and appears on the Scheduled Tasks page.
The default interval for monitors is 30 seconds. However, this interval can be changed.
To cancel a monitor, go to the Scheduled Tasks page. Locate the monitor to be canceled and click the Cancel link. The canceled monitor continues to be shown but is struck out on the Scheduled tasks list.
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