This help page is for version 8.2. The latest available help is for version 8.3.
How to Use Monitor Dependencies
Monitors can be dependent on other monitors. That means when the monitor you are currently editing is supposed to run, it will first
check its dependent monitors. The monitor(s) set as the dependency need to all be in the OK state for the current monitor to run.
This is useful for suppressing errors. As one customer stated "Trust me, it really helps prevent 'Death By Alerts'".
Setting Dependency on Monitors
To add a Dependency to a monitor simply open the Advanced Options menu for your monitor and then select the Dependencies tab. You can select any monitor on
any server for the monitor to be dependent on. For example, you are editing the Disk Space monitor on Server1. Open the Advanced Options menu for the
Disk Space monitor and locate the Ping monitor for Server1 and select it. Save your changes. When that Disk Space monitor runs it will check the Ping monitor
first, if the status is OK then the Disk Space monitor will run, if not the Disk Space monitor will not run. The message Dependency Not meet will be given but
no alerts will be fired.
Another example: You want to set the dependency of a Performance monitor on Server2 on the Ping monitor for the Router called Rout1. Open
the Advanced Options menu and find the Ping monitor for Rout1. Select it and save changes. When Server2's Performance monitor runs it will check
Ping monitor for Rout1 first. If the status is OK it will run, if the status is anything else the Performance monitor will not run.
Setting Dependency for Standard Monitors
- Select a monitor you want to add a Dependency to and click on the Advanced Options button
- Then browse to find the monitor that you want this monitor to be dependent on. Check the box and click OK. When you are done editing the
monitor make save the changes by clicking Apply.
Setting Dependency for Power Templates
You can set dependencies on Power Templates but be careful about which monitor you set the
dependency on. When you edit a template monitor to add a dependency, and you set the dependency to another template monitor, the changes will be
propagated down to the servers/devices and adjusted to the monitors on each device. However, if you set the dependency to a standard monitor
then propagation will use that target monitor as the dependency and not adjust it to fit the server.
For example: if you set a Disk Space Template Monitor to have the dependency set to the Ping Monitor on XYZ server, then all of the Disk Space
Monitors that were added to the servers in that group will all be dependent on the Ping Monitor on XYZ server, not on the Ping monitor of the server
where the edits took place
- Select a Power Template that you want to add a Dependency to and click on the Advanced Options button and go to the Dependencies tab.
- Locate the Power Template folder were the Power Template you are editing is located.
- Then select the Monitor Template for the dependency for your monitor.
Note: Bulk Config will allow you make many dependency changes at the same time.