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How alerts work in SolarWinds NPM

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Created by Chris.Moyer_ret, last modified by Chris.Moyer_ret on Oct 03, 2016

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An alert is notification that there is a problem with a monitored element. Orion comes with hundreds of predefined alerts for common problems such as a node or application going down, high interface utilization or packet loss, and many other problems.

Many predefined alerts are enabled by default, so if there are problems, you are alerted as soon as you Discover your network and Add discovered devices to SolarWinds Orion.

SolarWinds recommends that you identify who will receive warning or critical alerts.

By default, alerts appear in the Active Alerts resource on the Orion Home page.

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To see all alerts, you can click the All Active Alerts button in the Active Alerts resource, or you can go to Home > Alerts. On this page, you can:

  • Acknowledge an alert that you are working on
  • Click on any alert to go to the Alert Details page for more information
  • Click Manage Alerts to enable/disable, add or edit any alert

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You can create your own alerts, either by modifying a predefined alert, or by creating a custom alert. Alerting is very powerful and can be complex, with multiple trigger conditions, reset conditions, and actions. The trigger condition defines the event that must occur to activate an alert. Trigger conditions are built using child conditions, which are evaluated in order.

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