The General panel is common to all different monitor types.

General Monitor Options

Name -- The identifier for this monitor.

Description -- A text description for this monitor.

Polling Interval -- Use these fields to configure how often the monitor polls its target(s).

Retention Options

Retention Policy -- This configures how long Open Manage Network Manager retains the monitor’s data. Manage these by right-clicking in the Resource Monitors portal, and selecting Retention Policies. You must make retention policies before you can select them here.

Enabled -- Check to enable.

Emit Availability Events -- Check to activate emitting availability events. The monitor does not emit an event until the monitored entity’s state has changed. All monitors can generate events on failure to contact the monitored device, port, and so on. For example, by default ICMP monitor updates the network status after a selected number of consecutive failures.

You can configure the monitor to generate an event in addition to updating network status, but Open Manage Network Manager does not like the polling interval to be very small especially when monitoring many devices.

Example: poll every 10 secs for 10,000 devices with Packet Size = 64 bytes, Packet Count = 3 Timeout (secs) = 1, and configure Unreachable attempts = 1 with polling interval = 10 seconds. This polls the device every 10 seconds and emits a “down” event on the first failed attempt.

Retain Availability Data -- Check to activate. You must Retain availability data to enable alarms. If you define thresholds, you should retain availability data. Retain availability data stores the Boolean values of whether availability data was in the range your defined metrics.

Retain Polled Data -- Check to activate. If you uncheck Retain polled data only calculated data remains, you cannot view data retrieved from monitored entities. Turning off Retain polled data discards the data as it arrives from the device.

Retain Calculated Data -- Check to activate. Retain calculated data complements Retain polled data. If checked, it stores the calculated results which came from the raw poll data received from the device.

Update Network Status -- Check to activate reporting the network status of the target device(s). The results of this monitor's activity then appear in the Network Status column of the Managed Resources portlet. Only one monitor--and no monitors on interfaces or child components--should ever update networks status. Any monitors on child components or interfaces are rolled up to the top level device, so status may be erroneously reported. For example the top level device is not necessarily down if the interlace is down.

If two monitors report the network status of a single device on different intervals, they must both agree it is down before that state appears in Managed Resources. As long as one monitor says a device is Responding, then that is the state displayed.

If ping fails (an endpoint is down) and update network status is configured, then Open Manage Network Manager tries to ping the switch/router in front of the endpoint to determine if that device is reachable. If that device also failed, then the endpoint’s status becomes indeterminate.

For clarity’s sake, best practice has only one monitor per device updating network status. By default ICMP monitoring enables Update Network Status, and monitors all discovered devices.

Migrating from previous Open Manage Network Manager versions automatically replaces any configured Heartbeats with ICMP monitors with Update Network Status enabled. If your previous system had HTTP or SNMP heartbeats, you must manually configure monitors to provide equivalent monitoring in this version.

# of Unreachable Attempts before update -- The number of attempts to reach the device before Open Manage Network Manager updates the displayed network status of the device. (1-100)

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