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Manage LEM rules: Edit, view, export, and more

Updated: September 15, 2017

This topic describes how to manage rules in the LEM console. Use the Build > Rules view to manage your rules. 

This topic includes the following sections:

See the following topics to find, add, or create LEM rules:

Activate a rule

See Enable and activate rules prior to testing for details.

Add tags to a rule

Tags make it easier to categorize and find rules. For example, if you want a rule to appear in several different categories, select the corresponding tags.

  1. Open the rule for editing. (See the next section for steps.)

  2. At the top of the Rule Builder form, click "Add Tags."

    The Tags dialog box opens.

  3. Select one or more tags to add to the rule, and then click OK.

Edit a rule

Disabling a rule is not required to edit a rule. When you edit a rule, you are editing a local copy until you save and activate the rule. If the rule was enabled when you added your modifications, it will continue to be enabled while you work on the new version. When you save the new version and click Activate Rules, the LEM Manager replaces the original rule with the new version. When required, you can edit multiple rules at the same time.

  1. Open the LEM console. See Log in to the LEM web console or Log in to the LEM desktop console for steps.

  2. Click Build > Rules.

  3. In the Rules Categories & Tags pane, maximize the category that contains the rules that you want to edit.

  4. In the Rules grid, select the rule (or rules) that you want to edit.

  5. To edit a single rule, click button-gear-no-dropdown_16x16.png  next to the rule and select Edit. To edit multiple rules, click in the Rules toolbar and select Edit.

    The Rule Builder form displays with your selected rule. If you multiple rules, they display as cascaded windows on the screen.

  6. Edit your rules as required. See "The Rule Creation screen and the Rule Builder form in the LEM console" for information about each selection in the window.

  7. Click Save to save your rule changes.

Edit a locked rule

If a rule is locked, another user is currently editing the rule. You can open the rule in read-only mode to see the rule details or break the lock and take control over the rule. The other user will not be able to save any changes to the rule.

Clone a rule

The Clone command copies any existing rule, make changes to the copy, and then saves the copy with a new name in one of your Custom Rules sub-folders. Use the Clone command to create variations of existing rules. For example, you can clone a preconfigured rule and then adjust the cloned copy to suit your specific needs.

A cloned rule must apply to the same LEM Manager as the original rule. You cannot clone a rule from one Manager and save it for another Manager.

  1. Open the LEM console. See Log in to the LEM web console or Log in to the LEM desktop console for steps.

  2. Open the Build > Rules view.

  3. In the Rule Categories & Tags pane, maximize the category that contains the rules you want to enable.

  4. In the Rules grid, select the rule you want to clone.

  5. Click button-gear-no-dropdown_16x16.png and select Clone.

  6. In the Clone Rule form, enter a name for the rule in the Clone Name box.

  7. In the Rule Categories & Tags pane, select which Custom Rules folder will store the cloned rule.

  8. Click OK.

    The cloned copy opens in Rule Creation so you can make changes.

Share a rule with another user

See Export a rule for steps.

Create a backup copy of a rule for archival purposes

See Export a rule for steps.

Export a rule

You can export a rule from one LEM Manager instance and import it into another LEM Manager instance. You can also export rules to:

  • Save archived copies in a safe place.
  • Provide SolarWinds with a copy of your rule for technical support or troubleshooting purposes.

You can export multiple rules at the same time. The rules are saved to a new folder that contains each rule.

  1. Open the LEM console. See Log in to the LEM web console or Log in to the LEM desktop console for steps.

  2. Click Build > Rules.

  3. In the Rule Categories & Tags pane, select the category that contains the rule you want to export.

  4. In the Rules grid, select the rules you want to export.

  5. On the Rules grid toolbar, click   and select Export.

  6. In the Save in box, locate the general area in which you want to save the exported rule folder.

  7. In the File name box, enter folder name to contain the exported rules.

    Rules are saved as XML files.

  8. Click Save.

    The rules are exported and saved in your selected folder. Each exported rule retains its name and the export date and time.

    If an Export Error message displays, one or more rules failed to export. If you are exporting multiple rules, the message lists the failed and succeeded exported rules. Click OK to close the form.

Import a rule

You can import a rule from a remote source into a particular rule category. For example, you can import a rule from one LEM Manager to another, or import a rule provided by SolarWinds. You can only import one rule at a time.

  1. Open the LEM console. See Log in to the LEM web console or Log in to the LEM desktop console for steps.

  2. Click Build > Rules.

  3. On the Rules grid toolbar, click and select Import.

  4. Locate and open the folder that contains the rule you want to import.

  5. Select the rule file you want to import. These files are in XML format.

  6. Click Open to import the file.

  7. In the Import Rules form, click the Manager drop-down menu and select the Manager to associate with this rule.

  8. In the Rule Categories & Tags pane, select the category that will store the imported rule.

  9. Click Import.

    The system imports the rules into the designated rule folder.

Delete a rule

You can delete one rule at a time, or you can delete multiple rules. Once a rule is deleted, it can only be restored by re-creating it or by importing a previously exported rule.

  1. Open the LEM console. See Log in to the LEM web console or Log in to the LEM desktop console for steps.

  2. Click Build > Rules.

  3. In the Rule Categories & Tags pane, select the folder that contains the rule you want to delete.

  4. In the Rules grid, select the rule (or rules) you want to delete.

  5. To delete a single rule, click  button-gear-no-dropdown_16x16.png  button and select Delete. To delete multiple rules, click in the Rules toolbar and select Delete.

  6. At the Confirm Delete prompt, click Yes.

    The rules disappear from the Rules grid.

  7. Click Activate Rules to notify the LEM Manager component that the rules were deleted.

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