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Monitor Sets

The Monitor Sets page adds, imports or modifies monitor sets. Sample monitor sets are provided.

A monitor set is a set of counter objects, counters, counter instances, services and processes used to monitor the performances of machines. Typically, a threshold is assigned to each object/instance/counter, service, or process in a monitor set. Alarms can be set to trigger if any of the thresholds in the monitor set are exceeded. A monitor set should be used as a logical set of things to monitor. A logical grouping, for example, could be to monitor all counters and services integral to running an Exchange Server. You can assign a monitor set to any machine that has an operating system of Windows 2000 or newer.

The general procedure for working with monitor sets is as follows:

  1. Update monitor set counter objects, instances and counters by source machine ID using Monitor > Update Lists by Scan.

    Note: You must run Update Lists by Scan for each machine ID you assign a monitor set, to ensure a complete list of monitoring definitions exists on the VSA to monitor that machine.

  2. Optionally update monitor set counter objects, instances and counters manually and review them using Monitor Lists.
  3. Create and maintain monitor sets using Monitor > Monitor Sets.
  4. Assign monitor sets to machine IDs using Monitor > Assign Monitoring.
  5. Optionally customize standard monitor sets as individualized monitor sets.
  6. Optionally customize standard monitor sets using Auto Learn.
  7. Review monitor set results using:

Sample Monitor Sets

The VSA provides a growing list of sample monitor sets. The names of sample monitor sets begin with ZC. You can modify sample monitor sets, but its better practice to copy a sample monitor set and customize the copy. Sample monitor sets are subject to being overwritten every time the sample sets are updated during a maintenance cycle.

Monitoring using Macintosh OSX

Macintosh OSX supports process monitoring only. See System Requirements.

Folder Trees

Monitor sets are organized using two folder trees in the middle pane, underneath Private and Shared cabinets. Use the following options to manage objects in these folder trees:

Always Available

  • Folder Properties - Display the name, description, and owner of a folder, and your access rights to the a folder.
  • (Apply Filter) - Enter text in the filter edit box, then click the funnel icon to apply filtering to the folder trees. Filtering is case-insensitive. Match occurs if filter text is found anywhere in the folder trees.

When a Folder is Selected

  • Share Folder - Shares a folder with user roles and individual users. Applies to shared cabinet folders only.

    Note: See guidelines for share rights to objects within folder trees in the Folder Rights topic.

  • Add Folder - Creates a new folder underneath the selected cabinet or folder.
  • Delete Folder - Deletes a selected folder.
  • Rename Folder - Renames a selected folder.
  • New Monitor Set - Opens the Define Monitor Set window to create a new monitor set in the selected folder of the folder tree.
  • Import Monitor Set - Imports a monitor set.
  • Take Ownership - Takes ownership of a folder you do not own. This option only displays for master role users.

When a Monitor Set is Selected

  • Copy Monitor Set - Copies the selected monitor set.
  • Export Monitor Set - Exports the selected procedure.
  • Delete Monitor Set - Deletes the selected procedure.

Creating Monitor Sets

  1. Select a folder in the middle pane.
  2. Click the New Monitor Set button.
  3. Enter a name.
  4. Enter a description.
  5. Select a group alarm category from the Group Alarm Column Name drop-down list. User defined group alarm column names are maintained using the Monitor Lists page. Group alarms display on the Dashboard List page.
  6. Click Save. The Define Monitor Sets window displays.

Note: Sample monitor sets do not display in the Assign Monitoring > Select Monitor Set drop-down list. Create a copy of a sample monitor set by selecting the sample set in Monitor Sets and clicking the Save As button. Your copy of the sample monitor set will display in the drop-down list. In the SaaS version of the VSA, Save and Save As buttons are available. You can make changes to the sample set and use it immediately, because it does not get refreshed.