This help page is for version 3.5. The latest available help is for version 5.2.
Group Report Settings and Delivery
The Group Report Settings and Delivery dialog allows you to change some attributes of Group Reports. The
Group Report is the display that is shown when you select a group item in the navigation pane. (The
group item labeled "Servers/Devices" is the default group and always exists.)
To display the Group Report Settings and Delivery dialog, select the "Report Settings and Delivery" command
item for the group whose group report options that you wish to work with, as shown.
Next, you will see the Group Report Settings and Delivery dialog displayed, as shown.
You may now change the appearance and some characteristics of the Group Reports displays.
To change characteristics of the Server Group Summary Report or the Visual Status Map, select either of these
items in the list box at the top of the display and press the Edit Report Settings button. (The All Servers Summary
report is a minimal display of all server status indicators and cannot be changed, so there is no dialog available
To change the report that is initially displayed when the group is selected by the user, select the report
in the dropdown list labeled "Report to show when...".
The check box labeled "Automatically navigate..." allows you to enable the feature that rotates the Server Group
display through the three types of Server Group reports. When this check box is selected, the display will
show each of the three report types in succession, and will pause at each report type for the number of seconds that
have been specified in the text box to the right of the check box.
"Select the Email Actions to send the reports to" allows you to specific which email addresses will be
destinations where these reports will be emailed at intervals. You may add new email addresses, in addition
to the pre-configured email addresses that are always available.
"Select the reports that will be emailed" allows you to select which of the three types of group reports that
will be emailed at intervals by the program.
Server Group Summary Report Setup Dialog
The Group Status Report Detail Level dialog is displayed when you choose the Server Group item in the list and press
the Edit Report Settings button. The following figure shows the appearance of this dialog.
The option that is available for the Group Status report is the amount of detail that is displayed for
all monitored servers that are in the report. The lower level of detail, "Server Status", is similar to the
All Servers Summary report, except that individual lights display the status of every monitor. A hint balloon will
display on top of any light that explains its status if you hover the mouse cursor over the light. "Server status
plus monitor status" displays one status light for each monitor, and a table that explains failure, if any, at
each monitor thoroughly. The third available option, "Fit on screen", will select either level of status
display that can fit in the status display window without scrolling.
Status Map Editor Dialog
The Status Map Editor dialog is displayed when you choose the Visual Status Map item in the list and press the
Edit Report Settings button. It is shown below.
You should understand the following in order to make the best use of the Status Map feature.
- The Status Map Editor
allows you to select one of a number of included graphical maps of the world and of world regions that can be
used as a background for the server status lights.
There is no geographic coordinate mapping used by
PA Storage Monitor in displaying status lights. So if you change the zoom factor of the map once you have
placed the server lights, the lights will stay at the same locations within the map editor window.
Status Map is provided only as a passive visualization assistance for monitoring. It is not currently
provided as part of any mapping, GIS, or GPS facility.
The functions provided by the Status Map editor are as follows.
You may select a background map for this group's Visual Status Map display from one of a number of public domain
and government provided maps that are installed with PA Storage Monitor.
Alternatively, you may use the "Add" button next to the background map selection
dropdown list in order to provide your own map graphic file. Your map file must be in one of the common graphical
image file formats: BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, and TIF are supported.
The "Zoom" Slider allows you to set the zoom of the background map. As discussed earlier, the locations of status
lights are not adjusted automatically to conform to the zoom level.
You may move the map image using the mouse, by left clicking and scooting the image. Again, the locations of status
indicators are not adjusted automatically by the program.
The "Use Status Lights" and "Use Status Icons" selection allows you to customize the way in which
PA Storage Monitor displays the status indicators. Status lights are simple light images that may
appear red, yellow or green. Status icons are round images that have the same color coding as the status light but add an icon
symbol inside each image: green contains a check, yellow is a triangle and contains an exclamation, and red is round with
an exclamation. The status icon selection may be preferable for color blind users.
The list of Servers/Devices allows you to select a computer in the group whose status indicator should
be added to the map.
Pressing the "Add Status Icon" button with a computer selected in the Servers/Devices list will cause a
status indicator for the computer to be added to the map.
To remove a status indicator from the map, drag it using your mouse cursor back to the Servers/Devices list.
The three radio button selections: "Label on left", "Label on right", and "No Label", allows you to select the
text labeling style that is to be applied to each status indicator. You should set these radio buttons to choose
the style for the indicator that you place next. You may wish to "flop" the label in a certain
direction so that a city name or feature on the underlying map is clearer. You may also wish to not apply a label
to certain indicators, in case the server identity is obvious from appearance.
The following report display for a properly configured Status Map is typical. In this example,
the map indicator and background map display was configured using the settings shown in the Status Map
Editor figure above.