Relationship types

You can associate ipMonitor features with other configuration elements. The types of relations displayed in the Relations window depend on the feature you are editing.

Monitors

A monitor is a background process that continuously tests a target resource on timed intervals.

Monitor relations can include:

  • Any dependency monitor that affects whether or not alerts will be triggered for this monitor when a problem is detected
  • Any group that contains the monitor as a member
  • Any group that contains the monitor as a dependency
  • Any alert associated with the monitor
  • Any action that is part of a monitoring alert
  • Any maintenance schedule that regulates scheduled monitor downtime
  • Any configurable report customized to include statistics data gathered by the monitor
  • Any report publisher containing a configurable report customized to include statistics data for the monitor
  • Any credential assigned to the monitor

Groups

SolarWinds ipMonitor allows you to group multiple individual monitors together and assign dependencies to them. Properly configured groups and dependencies act as an alert suppression system in ipMonitor. When a critical resource fails, ipMonitor limits alerts to the monitors defined as a dependency rather than triggering alerts for every member monitor in the group.

Group relations can include:

  • Any monitor designated as a dependency of the group
  • Any monitor designated as a member of the group
  • Any alert to which the group belongs
  • Any action that is part of an alert to which the group belongs
  • Any maintenance schedule that regulates scheduled downtime for the group
  • Any configurable report customized to include statistics data gathered by the group
  • Any report publisher containing a configurable report customized to include statistics data for the group

Alerts

Alert relations can include any monitor or group assigned to the alert and any action belonging to the alert.

Actions

Action relations can include:

  • Any monitor or group associated with the alert to which the action belongs
  • Any credential assigned to the alert
  • The alert to which the action belongs

Configurable reports

Configurable report relations can include:

  • Any monitor or group included in the configurable report
  • Any report publisher that contains the configurable report

Report publishers

Report publishers allow you to save configurable reports or email them to a predefined list of recipients at scheduled intervals. Report publishers can include any configurable report included in the report publisher.

Maintenance schedules

Administrators can use maintenance schedules to temporarily disable monitoring on certain resources—for example, performing data back ups or service restart actions.

Maintenance schedule relations can include:

  • Any monitor or group affected by the maintenance schedule
  • Any credential assigned to the maintenance schedule

Credentials

To fully enable ipMonitor, various monitors, alerts, and management features must be able to access Windows file system objects or services through the network. Instead of running the ipMonitor service under an administrator account at all times, credentials are used to apply elevated permissions only when required.

Credential relations can include:

  • Any monitor that uses the credential for monitoring purposes
  • Any recovery action that uses the credential for recovery purposes
  • Any alert that uses the credential for alerting purposes
  • Any maintenance schedule that uses the credential to perform routine actions
  • Manual backup action assigned to this credential
  • Recurring internal maintenance backup action assigned to the credetial