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Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise 11.7 - Management Pack for SCOM User Guide

Spotlight today

Spotlight Today is a display of recent alarms and alarms requiring acknowledgment.

Your view of monitored connections

Click Monitor | Spotlight Today from the Spotlight ribbon to show all monitored connections in Spotlight Today.

Spotlight Today can show a custom view (Custom views) of monitored connections. Click on a custom view or connection type from the Connections pane (Monitored connections) then click Spotlight Today from the display pane.

To open Spotlight Today for just one connection, right click on the connection in the Connections pane (Monitored connections) and select Spotlight Today.

About the Spotlight today grid

The Spotlight today grid is made up of rows and columns where each row represents an alarm and each column information about that alarm.

Column Help Reference Description



The degree of urgency of the alarm. The color used depends on the severity of the alarm.


About each alarm

The name of the alarm.

This column is unavailable when the Group By action is set to Alarm.


Monitored connections

The connection the alarm was raised on.

This column is unavailable when the Group By action is set to Connection.



The time the alarm was raised.



More information on the alarm.

Snoozed By


The user who requested the alarm be snoozed.

Snoozed Until


The time the alarm is snoozed until.

Condition Cleared


The time the alarm severity returned to normal. This is relevant to alarms that require acknowledgment.

Connection type

Monitored connections

The type of connection the alarm was raised on (for example, SQL Server).

The connection type is available only when the Group By action is set to Connection.

TIP: The Spotlight today grid can be saved to a file or the clipboard. For more information, see Save to file.

Filter the Spotlight today grid

Filter the Spotlight today grid from the Filter ribbon group.

Ribbon Select Description

Filter by Severity

Show alarms of a certain severity.

Hide Snoozed Alarms

Remove snoozed alarms from the grid.

Actions on the Spotlight today grid / selected alarm(s)

These actions are selectable from the Action ribbon group. Some actions are enabled only when an alarm is selected. To select an alarm, highlight it on the Spotlight today grid. Use SHIFT to select (or deselect) a range of alarms. Use CTRL to select (or deselect) non sequential alarms.

Icon Ribbon Select Help Reference Description


Connection drilldowns

Show the drilldown relevant to the selected alarm.



Acknowledge the selected alarm(s). This is appropriate for alarms that are configured to require acknowledgment.

Alarm History

Alarms by time

Show the selected alarm in Alarms by Time.

Snooze Alarm


Temporarily remove the visual alert associated with the alarm.

Ignore this Alarm


Configure Spotlight to ignore this alarm and future cases of this alarm. Select the rule by which you want Spotlight to ignore future cases of this alarm: ignore this alarm for the current value or for the current connection. The choices are dependent on the type of alarm. This is a simplified interface for Configure | AlarmsDo not alarm for certain values.

Alarm Settings

Configure | Alarms

Configure the selected alarm.


Find text

Find text in the list of alarms.

Collapse All

Tree view

Collapse the tree view of the list of alarms.

Group By


Group the alarms according to:

Alarm The name of the alarm.
Connection The name of the connection.
Ungrouped (top 50 only) Show the alarms in order of severity. Limit the display to 50 alarms.

Configure Spotlight today

Spotlight today can be configured to be the first page you see when you open Spotlight. For more information, see Spotlight startup location.

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