Information alerts are a special ipMonitor notification type. Their purpose is to locate and retrieve information within structured data sources that contain variable data.
Information alerts are only triggered by the File Watching, Event Log, and SNMP Trap monitors. For these monitor types that produce variable results, Information alerts can report exactly why a monitor fails, as opposed to only revealing that a failure occurred.
Information alerts can:
- Search data sources with variable content.
- Capture results based on one or more specified criteria.
- Arrange data into a specific format.
- Push reformatted data into Alert messages.
You can configure information alerts by adding one or more search scenarios in the monitor configuration interface.
A search scenario is a search pattern articulated through a regular expression, and is used when parsing the data source to locate patterns of information. Create the regular expressions using the IpMonitor Regex Wizard.
After your search scenario captures information from the data source, it is passed to the Content Generator. The content generator sends formatted data to information alerts. It is assigned in the monitor settings and formats captured data for readability or layout.