Custom alarms allow you to display information in the Alarms panel or to send email if certain conditions are met. For each alarm, you can specify a name and description and a trigger.

You can create a custom alarm rule for the items below the selected item in the hierarchy. For example, if you create an alarm at the organization level, you can monitor the organization, the database groups, and databases. If you create an alarm at the database group level, you can monitor databases or the database group.

Verify that you have permissions to create alarms for the object.


In the System tab, cick Manage and Monitor and click Alarms in the left pane.


Click Definitions, and click the plus sign to start the Create Alarm Definition wizard.


Type a name and description.


(Optional) Change the status to Disabled so that the alarm is not enable immediately and click Next.


Select the trigger, which is defined by the following options, and click Next.



Object type

The object to monitor. The alarm is triggered when trigger conditions on the monitored object are reached.

Trigger type

Select Performance to trigger an alarm when the object moves beyond a specified warning or critical threshold. Select Event to trigger an alarm when an object-relative event occurs.


Select from the available options. Options differ depending on the trigger type (Performance or Event).


For event alarms only. Select Warning to have a yellow warning icon associated with the alarm. Select Critical to have a red critical icon associated with the alarm. The icon appears in all displays.


For performance triggers, specifies whether the alarm is triggered when the value is below the current threshold or above the current threshold. For example, you might want a warning if database storage usage is more than (above) a specified number.


Threshold at which you want warning actions to take place. You can specify different actions for warning and critical threshold problems.

Repetition frequency

Available only for performance alarms. When the condition that triggers the alarm remains true, a second alarm is generated based on the repetition frequency. If alarm actions such as sending an email are specified, the actions are performed again.


Select Send email to send an email when the alarm is triggered.

The email is sent only if the SMTP parameters were set correctly during Data Director setup. Verify your SMTP setting in System Settings > Monitoring.


Click Finish to complete definition of the alarm.

The alarm appears in the Alarms panel when it is triggered even if you leave Do nothing selected. If you select Send email, an email is sent.

The following example illustrates how you can create a custom alarm that monitors resource bundles. The alarm sends an email when free space is below a certain threshold.

Log in as the system administrator and


Select the System tab.


Click the Manage & Monitor tab.


Click Alarms in the left pane.


Click the Definitions tab.


Click the green plus icon.


Type a name and description and click Next.


Select the following trigger parameters.



Object Type

Resource Bundle

Trigger Type



Database storage usage percentage



Warning Threshold


Critical Threshold


When you complete the alarm, the result is a yellow (warning) alarm in the Alarms pane when free space drops below 20% and a red (critical) alarm when free space drops below 10%.

You can disable or delete alarms. See Delete or Disable an Alarm.

See Explore Monitoring Customizations for System Administrators for information about viewing and acknowledging alarms.