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Spotlight on SAP ASE 2.11 - User Guide

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Configure Spotlight - View | Options


Customize the appearance and behavior of Spotlight.

To open Spotlight options

Click View | Options

The categories you see in Spotlight depend on which Spotlight applications you have installed. This help page covers the standard categories. Individual Spotlight applications may contribute additional categories and options.

Category Description

Alarms and notifications

How Spotlight reports unexpected events for your connections.


The look and feel of Spotlight, and details of what is shown.

Data collection

When to collect data from a target system, and the best way to display it.


Password protection and user access.


How Spotlight behaves when it starts.


The locations for, and space assigned to, Spotlight history.

Note: Spotlight History is installed if you click Help | About Spotlight | Spotlight Modules and under the heading Spotlight Console see Light-weight XML repository. If your Spotlight application does NOT include the lightweight XML repository, it may employ a different method to store historical data and you should View the online help for your Spotlight application for more information.


Settings that may be needed to address Spotlight performance issues.



Alarms and notifications

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.

Alarm actions

Define rules that determine the action Spotlight takes when alarms are triggered.

Note: An action rule does not take effect until an associated alarm is triggered.

To set action rules for alarms

  1. Click View | Options.
  2. Click Alarms and notifications | Alarm actions.
  3. Configure as appropriate



    Perform the following actions when the conditions are met.

    Rules are listed in the order they are applied.

    Highlight a rule to view, modify, delete, rename or move it.

    Only selected rules are applied. De-select a rule to retain it but not apply it.

    Rule description

    A description of the rule selected: condition(s) triggering action(s) in the order listed.


    Click to create a rule. Alarm Actions - Alarm Log Filter Dialog


    Highlight a rule. Click to modify the highlighted rule. Alarm Actions - Alarm Log Filter Dialog


    Highlight a rule. Click to delete the highlighted rule.


    Highlight a rule. Click to rename the highlighted rule.

    Move Down

    Highlight a rule Click to move the highlighted rule lower down the list. It is applied later. Rules are applied in the order they are listed.

    Move Up

    Highlight a rule. Click to move the highlighted rule higher up the list. It is applied sooner. Rules are applied in the order they are listed.


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About Alarms, Metrics, Thresholds And Severities

Configure Spotlight - View | Options

Alarm smoothing

Smoothing (also known as metric averaging) is used to prevent Spotlight from generating spurious alarms. It smooths out the peaks and troughs in Spotlight components by averaging the information that Spotlight collects over a specified period of time. It does not affect the charts or tables that display metric values; these continue to display metrics as they are reported.

Use this dialog to set default smoothing for all Spotlight metrics for the connection. To set smoothing for a specific Spotlight metric use the Metric editor. This overrides the default smoothing value for the metric. Metrics Dialog

To set default smoothing for Spotlight metrics for the connection

  1. Select the Spotlight connection in the Spotlight Browser Live connections.
  2. Select View | Options.
  3. Select Alarms and Notifications | Alarm smoothing.
  4. Use the Average over... slider to choose the time period over which you want to average metric values.

Note: The change is effective from the next refresh. Pause / Resume / Refresh


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