Using Alert Monitoring

Learn how to view and manage alerts that are raised in your Policy Manager deployment.

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Supported Platforms: 7.0 and later.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Filter Alerts
  3. View Alerts
  4. Add Comments to Alerts
  5. Observe Alerts
  6. Resolve Alerts
  7. View Alert Codes for Alerts
  8. Print Alerts
  9. Export Alerts
  10. Delete Alerts
  11. Alert Monitoring Search Criteria

Introduction

About Alert Monitoring

Alerts are raised when a system condition matches an active Alert Code. Each alert is associated with functionality that occurs in Policy Manager subsystems. Alerts also include:

  • A Severity identifier
  • The Alert Code representing the Policy Manager functional area
  • The Container that is managing the web service operations

Use this information to review the alert condition and determine the appropriate method of response (an alert response is configured using state filters).

Alert data can also be exported to an XML file to facilitate additional analysis or reporting requirements.

About Alert States

When a new alert is raised, the state filter is set to Unobserved. During the decision-support process, an alert state is typically changed to Observed while the problem is being investigated. When an alert resolution is found, comments are then added to the alert record and the state filter is changed to Resolved.

Location: In the Policy Manager Management Console, go to Alerts > Alert Monitoring.

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Filter Alerts

Use search criteria to filter what Alerts are displayed. Refer to Alert Monitoring Search Criteria for a description of each filter option.

  1. Go to Alerts > Alert Monitoring.
  2. Configure the following search criteria:
    • ID Filter: Enter the Alert ID, or Alert Code ID to view alerts generated from a single alert code.
    • Time-Range Filter: Specify a time period to view alerts logged within a specific time frame.
    • Severity Filter: To see only alerts of a given severity level select one or more check-boxes.
    • State Filter: To see only alerts that have been observed or resolved, Select any combination from the State Filter drop-down.
    • Source Filter: To see alerts associated with a specific Policy Manager subsystem, select All for all systems.
  • 3. Click Filter. The alert listing updates and presents data based on your defined search criteria.

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View Alerts

View summary details associated with a raised alert including:

  • Details: Provides Alert ID generated when the alert was raised and associated Alert Code information including Alert Code ID, Severity, and Description associated with the current alert.
  • Component: Provides details pertaining to Component and Subsystem where the alert was raised.
  • State: Provides information on the state of management associated with the current alert, including the name of the user who initially viewed (Observed By) the alert, the date and time stamp when the alert was observed (Observed On), the name of the user who resolved the alert (Resolved By), and the date and time stamp of when the alert was resolved (Resolved On). You can update the Observe attribute.
  • Comments: Annotate the alert record with status or reference information related to the alert resolution's progress.

There are a variety of alert management options available via the function buttons at the bottom of the View Alert screen including Comment, Observe, Resolve, Delete, View Alert Code, and click Cancel.

  1. Go to Alerts > Alert Monitoring.
  2. Perform the Filter Alerts procedure.
  3. Select the alert you would like to view and click View Alert.

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Add Comments to Alerts

Record the steps that have been taken to resolve the alert, or, record tips and suggestions about resolving similar alerts in the future.

  • Adding a comment to an alert appends the comment to the Policy Manager database of the current alert record.
  • Comment information is entered as free-form text.
  • Comment text can be added via the Alerts screen or the View Alert screen.
  1. Go to Alerts > Alert Monitoring.
  2. Select the alert you would like to view, and click View Alert.
  3. Click Add Comment.
  4. Enter the text of your comment, and click Apply.

Note: To add a comment from the Alerts screen, select an alert record and click Add Comment, and follow the same update procedure.

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Observe Alerts

When an alert is generated, it is considered to be unseen or unobserved, implying that no one is aware that the alert has been logged, and consequently no one is taking steps to correct whatever problem the alert reports.

When you mark an alert as observed, you indicate that the alert has been seen and that steps are being taken to analyze and resolve the issue. The Observed state can be configured via the Alerts screen or the View Alert screen.

  1. Go to Alerts > Alert Monitoring.
  2. Select the alert you would like to view, and click View Alert.
  3. Click Observe.

You are returned to the Alert Monitoring Summary screen. The Obs column displays with a check mark and is grayed out, indicating that the state of the alert has been changed to Observed.

Note: To change the observe status from the Alerts screen, click the check-box in the Obs column, and click Apply.

  1. To view the change to the Observe status in the alert record, on the Alerts screen, select the alert record and click View Alert.

    Notes:

    • Alert State is changed to Observed.
    • Observed By contains the name of the user who updated the status.
    • Observed On displays the date/time stamp that the observed status was updated.
  2. Review the Observed (not Resolved) column of the Alert Monitoring Summary screen to view the number of alert records that are configured with an Observed state.

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Resolve Alerts

When an alert is generated, by default it is unresolved, meaning that whatever condition caused the alert to be generated has not yet been addressed or fully corrected.

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Whether you ignore an alert or, due to its importance, immediately address it, eventually no further action will be required. At this point, you mark an alert as resolved, indicating that the alert is no longer an open or outstanding issue.

  1. Go to Alerts > Alert Monitoring.
  2. Select the alert you would like to view, and click View Alert.
  3. Click Resolve. You are returned to the Alert Summary screen. The Alert you have resolved is grayed out and a check appears in the Res column.

    Notes:

    • To change the resolve status from the Alerts screen, click the check-box in the Res column, and click Apply.
    • If Resolution proves premature, you can reopen or unresolve the alert.
    • A Resolved Alert is marked as observed and remains so even if it is later unresolved.
  4. To view the change to the Resolved status in the alert record, on the Alerts screen, select the alert record and click View Alert.

    Notes:

    • Alert State is changed to Resolved.
    • Resolved By contains the name of the user who updated the status.
    • Resolved On displays the date/time stamp that the resolved status was updated.
  5. Review the Resolved column of the Alert Monitoring Summary screen to view the number of alert records that are configured with a Resolved state.

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View Alert Codes for Alerts

When addressing an alert, particularly if it is of a type that seldom occurs, it is useful to look at the details of the alert code upon which the alert is based.

  1. Select the alert you would like to view, and click View Alert.
  2. Click View Alert Codes.

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Print Alerts

Print the contents of the Alert Monitoring Summary screen, excluding the Header and Button bars.

  1. Go to Alerts > Alert Monitoring.
  2. Click Print. The contents of the screen (i.e., the displayed list of alerts) are sent to the printer.

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Export Alerts

Archive alerts that are no longer active or migrate alert data to another application.

  1. Go to Alerts > Alert Monitoring.
  2. Filter the alerts view to display the alerts you would like to export (Refer to Filter Alerts for more information).
  3. Click Export Alerts.
  4. Customize the Export:
    • Export Name (required): Enter the file name that the Alert data will be saved to into the Export Name field display. Export data is saved to the Policy Manager database.
    • Database Format: Use the radio button to select between .XML and .CSV formats.
    • Delete Exported Alerts: Click the Delete Exported Alerts check-box if you want to remove the exported alerts from the Policy Manager database. If this option is not selected, the alert selection will remain in the Policy Manager database.
  5. Click Finish. The Export Alert Wizard closes, the export job begins, and is added to the Pending or Completed sections of the Manage Exports pop-up.
  6. Click Manage Exports to review the progress of your export job and perform additional export management activities.

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Delete Alerts

Permanently remove an alert record from the Policy Manager database.

If maintaining a record of alerts is a business reporting requirement, it is recommended that you export alerts prior to deleting them from the Policy Manager database. See Export Alerts.

  1. Go to Alerts > Alert Monitoring.
  2. Select one or more alerts you would like to delete by clicking the check-box next to each alert line item.
  3. Click Apply and confirm deletion. The system permanently removes the Alert from the database.
  4. To cancel the delete operation, click Cancel.

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Alert Monitoring Search Criteria

The alert monitoring capability allows you to use flexible search criteria options to find and retrieve alerts that have been raised during the operation of your Policy Manager production site. You can focus the scope of a search to target:

  • A specific alert or alert code ID
  • A time increment
  • A date range or time range
  • An alert severity
  • A state filter

The following table provides a list of alert monitoring search criteria options and their descriptions.

Search Criteria Option Description
ID Filter Allows you to filter alerts based on the actual alert ID generated when the alert was, or by the Alert Code associated with the alert.
ID A text box that allows you to enter the ID of an alert that was generated by the Policy Manager.
Alert Code A text box that allows you to enter an Alert Code category ID that is associated with an alert generated by the Policy Manager.
Time Range Filter Provides two time-focused filter types: Start Date or Period.
Start Date (Option) A selection of date and time field displays that allow you to specify a date and time range including Start Date, End Date, Start Time, and End Time. The Start Date option is accessed by clicking the Start Date radio button.
Start Date This field has two uses: A radio button that allows you to select the Start Date option and a date field that accesses a pop-up and allows you to specify a Start Date. Date can be selected by using the arrow keys to navigate the week, month and year. To select a date, click the date number (highlighted in red). The field display is automatically populated.
End Date End Date can be selected by using the arrow keys to navigate the week, month and year. To select a date, click the date number (highlighted in red). The field display is automatically populated.
Start Time Time is entered using a 24-hour clock.
End Time Time is entered using a 24-hour clock.
Period (Option) Select from Last Hour, Last 24 Hours, Last Week, Last Month, or Last 3 Months. Accessed by clicking the Period radio button.
Period Select a time period for gathering report data.
Severity Filter Select to filter which alerts are displayed and perform alerts management based on the severity level of the alert. Select from: Critical, Major, Minor, Normal, and Clear.
Critical Select a Critical Alerts severity level meaning there has been a complete loss of functionality and the system entity is being monitored.
Major Select a Major Alerts severity level meaning that the functionality of the system entity being monitoring has been significantly impacted.
Minor Select a Minor Alerts severity level meaning that the functionality of the system entity being monitored has been minimally impacted.
Normal Select a Normal Alerts severity level meaning that the system entity being monitored is operating as designed.
Clear Select a Clear Alerts severity level.
State Filter Select to filter which alerts are displayed and perform alerts management based on the review state of the alert. There are three severity levels: All Unobserved, Observed By, and Resolved By. Note: The All Observed state does not include a drop-down list box option.
All Unobserved Select all alerts that have not yet been reviewed.
Observed By Select all alerts that have been Observed, and the username of the Observer. Select All to view all Observed alerts.
Resolved By Select all alerts that have been Resolved, and the username of the user who resolved the alert. Select All to view all Resolved alerts.
Source Filter Displays the name of the affected component
Component Filter alerts based on the associated Policy Manager process. Select All to view alerts for all Policy Manager processes.
Search Button Execute a search using the current search criteria and update the results of the alert listing.

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