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

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


Click the Manage & Monitor tab, click Alarms in the left pane, and 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 a system event occurs.


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


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 Aborted transactions per second is more than (above) a specified number, or if Committed transactions per second is less than (below) a specified number.

Warning threshold

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.


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 selected Send email, an email is sent as well.

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.


Start the Create Alarm Definition wizard.


Click the Manage & Monitor tab.


Click Alarms in the left pane.


Click Definitions.


Click the plus sign.


Type a name and description and click Next.


Select the trigger.



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 a Alarm.