Creating a monitor policy with the monitor policy wizard
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:
What computer resources you want to have monitored?
What metric data you want to be monitored?
What fluctuations in the metric data imply about the status of the resource?
What actions you want to occur when metric data reaches certain values?
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
In the Symantec Management Console, on the Actions menu, click Monitor > New Policy.
In the wizard, in the Choose what to monitor panel, choose what to monitor, and then click Next.
You must enter a name of the monitoring policy. A descriptive name can help you easily identify the policy in the future.
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.
Agent-based monitor policies are intended to be run on computers with the Monitor Plug-in installed on them. If a computer has a Monitor Plug-in that is installed on it, more aspects of the computer are available to be monitored.
Agentless monitor policies let you monitor computers without the Monitor Plug-in. Because the Monitor Plug-in is not available, fewer aspects of the computer are available to be monitored.
In the wizard, in the Select monitoring categories panel, select one or more monitoring categories, and then click Next.
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.
In the wizard, in the Add/Remove monitor rule panel, add or remove monitor rules, and then click Next.
All of the rules of previously selected categories display in the window. Use Add and Remove to configure the policy to keep the rules that you want to have included in the monitoring policy.
In the wizard, in the Set rule actions panel, set rule actions, and then click Next.
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.