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Spotlight on SAP ASE 2.11 - User Guide

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Send network message to...

Send network message to…

Send a message to a machine on the network using the Windows messaging service.

How to open this dialog

From the Alarm Actions - Alarm Log Filter Dialog

  1. Click New or Modify.
  2. Select Send network message to…
  3. Click to define the action in the Rule description pane.

Send network message to to:




Enter the name of the machine where you want to send the message.


Enter the message to send.

Tip: Click {} to select a parameter from the supplied list. The selected parameter is displayed within a set of braces {}. You can choose multiple parameters if required.


Click to test the performance of the network messaging system.

Note: The success (or otherwise) of the action depends on your system setup. Spotlight does not monitor the success of the action. We recommend that you test it.

Note: For the message to reach its intended recipient, the Windows Messaging service must be active on both the source and target machines on the network.


Related Topics

Alarm Metrics And Thresholds

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.

About Alarms, Metrics, Thresholds And Severities

Terms Definitions Customizations and Actions

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. You can see this behavior clearly in the Alarm log. Alarm log


A metric is a piece of information that Spotlight collects about the performance of a system. The information may be a numeric value (a number or percentage), a string of text, or some other piece of data.

Every time the Spotlight window is refreshed, Spotlight retrieves the latest value of the metric, which can then be displayed on the home page.

Use the Metrics Dialog to:

  • Select the metrics to collect for the connection / component.
  • Configure Alarm smoothing, to smooth out the anomalies and spikes that may appear momentarily in metric values. The purpose is to prevent Spotlight from reporting alarms for spikes that do not persist.


For each numeric metric, you can set thresholds — ranges of values — that indicate levels of severity for that metric.

Use the Thresholds Dialog to:

  • Select the metrics to collect for the connection / component.
  • Define the severities to apply to the metric.
  • Define the start and end values for each severity.


A severity can be used to specify whether the information returned in the metric represents normal or abnormal behavior for the system. Within Spotlight, there can be at most the following types of severity:

  • Disabled
  • Normal
  • Information
  • Low
  • Medium
  • High

"Normal" indicates that the system is performing within acceptable limits. If a metric returns a value with any other severity, Spotlight raises an alarm that indicates the system is behaving outside acceptable limits.

A "Disabled" status means the system is not responding, and no information is being returned.

When an alarm is raised Spotlight performs one or more of the following actions:

  • Changes the color or intensity of relevant components.
  • Gives audible warnings.
  • Runs a program.
  • Sends email or network notifications.

You can control how that notification is issued. Alarm actions


Related Topics

Thresholds Dialog

Metrics Dialog

View the alarms defined for a Spotlight connection or component of the Spotlight home page.

Note: These are not the alarms raised for a connection / component. To see the alarms raised for a connection open the Alarm log.

To open the Metrics dialog

View all metrics for the connection View all metrics for the Spotlight home page component

Open the Spotlight home page for the connection.

Select View |Show All Alarms…

Right click the component on the Spotlight home page and select Metrics…

About the Metrics dialog

Option Description
List of metrics

All metrics associated with the component / connection are listed.

Data is collected for selected metrics. Clear the selection to stop collecting data for the metric.

Highlight the metric to display its details in the Metric page.

You can sort the list.

  • Click the header to sort the metrics in ascending or descending name order.
  • Click the severity icon in the header to sort the metrics according to severity .
Metric Name This is the metric highlighted in the list of metrics.

Set Averaging for the highlighted metric.

  • Use default - Every value used to calculate a metric's alarm status is obtained by averaging the metric over a period of time specified in Spotlights Options.
  • Don't average this metric - Use the raw metric data retrieved from the current system — anomalies and spikes included.
  • Use custom averaging - Use a moving average, as in the Use default... case, but not the default setting. Set the time period by using the Average over... slider.
  • Average over... - Use the mouse or arrow keys to move the slider and so choose the time period used to generate the moving average. The longer the time period, the fewer the peaks and troughs. Spikes and other anomalies are smoothed.

    Tip: Do not to use too long a time to calculate the moving average. This may prevent the reporting of valid alarms. The maximum time period that Spotlight uses for averaging is five minutes.

Averaging - is a technique that Spotlight uses to smooth out the anomalies and spikes that may appear momentarily in the metric values for a component. The purpose of averaging is to prevent Spotlight from reporting alarms for such spikes if they do not persist.


  • Averaging is used ONLY to prevent the generation of spurious alarms. It does NOT affect the charts or tables that display metric values; these continue to display metrics as they are reported.
  • This is not the place to set averaging for all metrics for the connection. Alarm smoothing


Related Topics

Thresholds Dialog

Alarm smoothing

Set the rate at which data is collected

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