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

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

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

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 SEM Manager as the original rule. You cannot clone a rule from one Manager and save it for another Manager.

  1. Open the SEM console. See Log in to the SEM web console for steps.

  2. From the SEM toolbar, navigate to Build > Rules.

  3. In the Rule Categories and 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 , and then select Clone.

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

  7. In the Rule Categories and 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 SEM Manager instance and import it into another SEM 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 SEM console. See Log in to the SEM web console for steps.

  2. On the SEM toolbar, navigate to Build > Rules.

  3. In the Rule Categories and 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 then 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 swrul 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 rule category. For example, you can import a rule from one SEM Manager to another, or import a rule provided by SolarWinds. You can only import one rule at a time.

  1. Open the SEM console. See Log in to the SEM web console for steps.

  2. On the SEM toolbar, navigate to Build > Rules.

  3. On the Rules grid toolbar, click , and then 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. To import the file, click Open.

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

  8. In the Rule Categories and 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 SEM console. See Log in to the SEM web console for steps.

  2. On the SEM toolbar, navigate to Build > Rules.

  3. In the Rule Categories and 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 , and then select Delete. To delete multiple rules, click in the Rules toolbar, and then select Delete.

  6. At the Confirm Delete prompt, click Yes.

    The rules disappear from the Rules grid.

  7. To notify the SEM Manager component that the rules were deleted, click Activate Rules.