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Spotlight on SAP ASE 2.11 - User Guide

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Connection Status bar

The Connection status bar is a floating bar that contains a Spotlight icon for each active (live) connection.

To show / hide the Connection Status bar

Click View | Connection Status Bar

About the Connection Status bar

  • The color of the connection icon represents the status of the connection.
  • Click the connection icon to display the connection's Spotlight home page.
  • Click and drag the checkered handle on the left to resize the bar.
  • Right-click the bar to display its shortcut menu. The following options are available:




    "Fades" the bar when the mouse pointer is not placed over it.

    Text labels

    Displays the names of the connections in the status bar.

    Automatic resize

    Resizes the status bar automatically and activates a scroll arrow.

    Sort by

    Sorts the connection icons by Name or Severity.


Related Topics

Spotlight Connection Manager

Calibrate Connections

Calibrate Spotlight Connections

Calibrate the Spotlight home page components to display data in the way best suited to the monitored system.

Note: Spotlight automatically calibrates new connections the first time that they are opened. Use this dialog to re-calibrate a connection at any other time.

Scenario: Calibration of data flows

Data flows on the Spotlight home page indicate the rate at which data is being transferred through a system. The faster the rate of traffic, the faster the data flow moves. However, the data flow is an accurate representation of system activity ONLY if Spotlight knows the normal range of values for your system.

If the normal range of values for a data flow is from 0 to 100, a value of 8 is low, and the data flow moves slowly.

If the range of values for your system is from 0 to 10, a value of 8 is high and the data flow moves much faster.

The Spotlight calibration tool calculates the normal range of metric values for your system. Over a set period of time, Spotlight measures the changes in value of important metrics within the system. It uses this data to set the upper and lower display limits for the corresponding components. You can accept the results or adjust them if necessary.

To re-calibrate a connection

  1. Select / Open the connection from the Spotlight Browser Live connections.
  2. Select File | Calibration.
  3. Set the Calibration period of time.
  4. Click Start.


  • To stop calibration select File | Calibration | Stop.
  • You can set Spotlight to save calibration data when saving configuration data in a Spotlight template. Connection Templates


Related Topics


Spotlight Basics describes how Spotlight applications work. It contains these sections:



Spotlight Connections

Create / Modify / Delete connections to systems, and monitor those systems.

Monitor Spotlight Connections Monitor connections, detect alarms, investigate the cause of alarms.

Alarms are the warnings that Spotlight raises when a metric falls outside its "normal" range of values.

Charts, Grids and Home Page Components Spotlight displays provide detailed statistics of the monitored system, relevant to diagnosing the cause of alarms. Make the best use of them.
View | Options Customize Spotlight.
Troubleshooting Solve problems using Spotlight.

Spotlight Alarms

Alarms are the warnings that Spotlight raises when a metric falls outside its "normal" range of values. A new alarm is raised whenever the severity for a metric changes. When the severity returns to normal, the alarm is canceled.

Alarms are recorded in the Spotlight alarm log pages:

Many Spotlight elements use color to indicate severity.

High Medium Low Normal Information Disabled

You can configure Spotlight to notify you of changes to severity through color or intensity, audible warnings, sending email or network notifications or running a program.

Spotlight elements whose color represents severity Color indicates What to do

The open/close button on the Spotlight browser

The system tray icon

The highest severity currently raised - across all Live (monitored) connections. Locate the connection in the Spotlight Browser (Live connections). Open the connection's Home Page, Alarm Log or Alarms by Time.

The connection name in the Spotlight browser (Live connections) and connection status bar

The highest severity currently raised against the connection.

Locate the connection in the Spotlight Browser (Live connections). Open the connection's Home Page, Alarm Log or Alarms by Time.
The component on the Spotlight home page The highest severity currently raised against the component.

Click on the component to open help regarding the alarm. The text in the help window gives some details about the alarm, why it was raised, and ways in which the problem indicated can be resolved.

Use the help to open the drilldown page that is directly related to the alarm. Drilldown pages contain charts and tables that you can use to diagnose the cause of the alarm.

You may like to view one or more related drilldown pages that may be of some value in diagnosing the problem.

Use the information shown in the help window, together with the details shown in the associated drilldown page(s), to discover why Spotlight has raised the alarm.

If the alarm is transient, you at least will see where in the system it occurred. If the alarm persists, Spotlight indicates what measures need to be taken to resolve the problem.

Note: These actions are customizable. Balloon help

The entry in the alarm log page

The severity of the alarm.

Alarms are recorded in the Spotlight alarm log pages:

Historical alarms

For an alarm raised in the past, view a snapshot of the system as a whole at the time the alarm was raised.

  1. Open the Alarm Log, Alarms by Time or Spotlight Today.
  2. Right-click the alarm and select Show Selected Entry In | History Browser.
  3. History Browser

Customize the way that Spotlight handles alarms:

Option Description
Set new thresholds You can edit the metric and measures by which an alarm is raised in the Metrics Editor. About Alarms, Metrics, Thresholds And Severities
Set action rules

Govern Spotlight behavior when an alarm is raised. Alarm actions

Set filters

Govern which alarms are displayed. Alarm Filters

Ignore specific alarms

Ignore (Snooze) Alarms

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