The monitoring of computers is accomplished by creating and applying a monitor policy. Monitor Solution includes a wizard that simplifies the process of creating monitoring policies. You can also create a monitor policy without the wizard.
Monitor policies use metrics, rules, and tasks to define the following information:
You can also create a monitor policy with the monitor policy wizard from the Monitoring and Alerting section of the First Time Setup portal. The First Time Setup portal is available on the Home menu, under Notification Server Management.
To create a monitor policy with the monitor policy wizard
You must specify if the policy should be either an agent-based policy or an agentless policy. Whether or not the Monitor Plug-in is installed on the computers that you monitor determines if the policy should be agent-based or agentless.
A category is a grouping of rules. Rules are grouped into categories so that it is easier to organize and locate them. All of the rules that are contained in a category are displayed in the next step of the wizard.
Based on the conditions of their rules, monitor policies are in one of six severity states. In this step of the wizard, you can specify the tasks that you want to occur for each severity state. Task server tasks are run from the task server. Monitor Plug-in tasks are run locally on the monitored computer. Tasks are run in the order they are displayed in the window.