About Global Monitoring and Alerting Settings

Topics marked with * relate to features available only in vFabric Hyperic.

These sections describe options and settings that are defined globally for a Hyperic deployment.

Configure Global Alert Properties

The settings in the Global Alert Properties section of the Administration > HQ Server Settings page enable immediate and global control of alert processing.

  • Alerts - Disable or enable all alert definitions for all resources immediately. Disabling stops any alerts from firing; notifications defined in escalations that are currently in progress will be completed.

  • Alert Notifications - Disable or enable alert notifications for all resources immediately. Disabling stops all notifications, include those for alerts with escalations currently in progress.

  • Hierarchical Alerting * - This setting controls whether alerts are evaluated using the hierarchical alerting method. When hierarchical alerting is enabled, before firing an alert for a resource, HQ considers the availability and alert status of the resource's parent. The purpose of hierarchical alerting is to avoid firing alerts for every resource affected by a single root cause. For more information, see Manage Alert and Notification Volume.

Note: You can extend the effect of hierarchical alerting by configuring the relationship between a network device or virtual host and the platforms that depend on it using the Network and Host Dependency Manager available in the "Plugins" section of the Administration tab. For more information see Manage Alert and Notification Volume.

Configure Alert Notification Throttling

Available only in vFabric Hyperic

You can use notification throttling to limit the number of alert email actions (notifications sent by email for a fired alert) that HQ will issue in a 15 second interval. When the threshold you specify is reached, HQ stops sending email alert notifications and instead sends a summary of alert activity every ten minutes to the recipients you specify.

After starting to throttle, HQ re-evaluates notification volume for fired alerts every 10 minutes; when it determines that the per interval volume of individual notifications that fired alerts would generate is less than the configured threshold, HQ resumes sending individual notifications.

In the Notification Throttling Configuration Properties section of the Administration > HQ Server Settings page:

  1. Click the Notification Throttling ON control.

  2. In the "Threshold" field, enter the maximum number of notifications you want sent in a 15 second interval.

  3. Enter one or more email addresses in the "Notification Email(s) field".

For related information, see Manage Alert and Notification Volume.

Configure Alert Notification Email Properties

The settings in the Email Configuration Properties section of the Administration > HQ Server Settings are used to form notifications that Hyperic sends for a fired alert.

Property

Description

Base URL

The address:port where the Hyperic Server listens for web application requests. The initial value of Base URL is the web application listen port configured when the Hyperic Server was installed, for example:

http://Ms-MacBook-Pro-15.local:7080 

Base URL forms the prefix of the URL to which Hyperic appends the remainder of the URL, which points to the Alert Detail page for the fired alert. For example:

http://Ms-MacBook-Pro-15.local:7080/alerts/Alerts.do?mode=viewAlert&eid=5:10611&a=16431

From Email Address

The email address listed as the sender of the alert emails. For example:

hq@demo2.vmware.com

Configure Metric Baselining Properties

Available only in vFabric Hyperic

In vFabric Hyperic, the properties in the Automatic Baseline Configuration Properties section of the Administration > HQ Server Settings page control the Hyperic baselining process and the accuracy of the baseline.

Server Setting

Description

Default

Baseline Frequency

The frequency with which HQ calculates a baseline for each metric.

3 days

Baseline Dataset

The time range of metric data used in calculating the baseline.

7 days

Baseline Minimum Data Points

The minimum number of data points used in calculating a baseline.

40

Track Out-of-Bounds Metrics

Controls whether or not HQ tracks OOB metrics].

off

Configure Hyperic Version and Security Announcements

Hyperic sends email announcements to Hyperic administrators when a key release is upcoming, or to distribute important product information. You can configure the level of messages you wish to receive or disable receipt of Hyperic notifications with the HQ Version and Security Announcements property, in the Announcement Properties section of the Administration > HQ Server Settings page. You can choose:

  • All

  • Major — default value

  • None