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Create a Process Monitoring Rule

Last update August 24, 2014

You can create a process monitoring rule for a host model regardless of whether the process is running on the host.

Note: Only the users with the appropriate privileges can create process monitoring rules. For more information, see System and Application Monitoring Privileges.

Follow these steps:

  1. In the Contents panel, select the host model for which you want to create a monitoring rule.
    Information for this host device appears in the Component Detail panel.
  2. In the Component Detail panel, on the Information tab, expand System Resources, Running, and Monitored Processes.
    The available process options for this host type appear.
    Note: RFC 2790 indicates a host that supports the RFC 2790 host resources MIB.
  3. Expand both Running Processes and Monitored Processes.
    The Running Processes table lists running processes for the selected host model.
    The Monitored Processes table lists process monitoring rules that have been created for the selected host model.
  4. To create a process monitoring rule for the selected host model, use one of the following methods:
    • If the process is running, right-click the process in the Running Processes table and select 'Monitor this process.'
    • If the process is not running, it is excluded from the Running Processes table. Click Add above the Monitored Processes table. You can then specify process monitoring rules for processes that run periodically but are not currently running that you want to know about when they start. For example, you want to know when virus scan and system maintenance processes run.
      Note: For NSM Agent monitoring, use this method when you want to create a monitoring rule that watches multiple, different processes that the match criteria specify. For more information, see NSM Agent Process Monitoring Rule Parameters.
    A dialog opens, depending on the host type. If you selected a process from the Running Processes table, the dialog includes the process name and other information. If you invoked the dialog using the Add option, you are prompted to provide all process information.
  5. Configure process monitoring rule settings:
  6. Click OK.
    The following events occur:
    • The process monitoring rule is added to the Monitored Processes table. The table columns represent predefined process identifier information specific to the monitoring agent type on the selected host. The rule applies to all identical instances of the process that satisfy the process match selection criteria.
    • A process model is created for RFC 2790 and NSM Agent rules.
    Note: Local ownership in a monitoring rule indicates that the rule has been created explicitly for a particular host. As a result,it is not part of a rule set. For more information about rule sets, see Working with Monitoring Rule Sets.
  7. Specify the alarm generation and agent polling options, which are located above the Monitored Processes table, depending on host type:
    • Watch For New Processes Every (seconds)
      Specify the frequency with which CA Spectrum inspects the Running Processes table for new instances of processes that a monitoring rule is watching. CA Spectrum updates the 'Number Running' value in the Monitored Processes table for a monitored process when it detects that a new instance of the process is running.
    • Generate Alarm On
      Select a destination for alarms resulting from rule violations. You can specify that CA Spectrum create alarms on the process monitoring rule model or the host model.
    • Agent Poll Interval (seconds)
      Specify the frequency with which the agent collects process information from the host device. The minimum value is 30 seconds.
    • Agent Poll Method
      Specify how and when the agent collects process data:
      • disabled
        The agent does not retrieve process information (by polling or by get request), and it sets all status indications for alarm conditions to passive or ok.
      • poll-interval-and-query
        The agent retrieves process information both by polling and by the get request.
      • poll-interval-only
        The agent retrieves process information by polling only.
      • query-only
        The agent retrieves process information by get request only.
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