A new SCOM Spotlight Alert is raised each time a Spotlight alarm is raised or the severity of a Spotlight alarm changes. All Spotlight alarms can be managed through the SCOM alerts work flow.
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Monitor Spotlight alarms

Open the SCOM Console. From the Monitoring pane select Active Alerts. Each SCOM alert is listed on the Active Alerts table.

Active Alerts table

Source

The connection the Spotlight alarm was raised against.

Name

The name of the Spotlight alarm.

Resolution State

The resolution state of the Spotlight Alert. Note that when the Spotlight alarm is resolved the SCOM Alert is NOT automatically resolved.

Created

The date and time the Spotlight Alert was raised.

Show Alert Details

Select a Spotlight Alert on the Active Alerts table to view the Alert Details and Description

Diagnostic Server

The name of the Spotlight Diagnostic Server. The Spotlight alarm is raised against a connection that is monitored through this Spotlight Diagnostic Server.

Connection

The display name of the Spotlight Connection. The Spotlight alarm is raised against this connection.

Technology

The Spotlight Connection Type; for example SQL Server or Windows.

Display Name

The display name of the Spotlight alarm.

Severity

The severity of the Spotlight alarm.

Details

The details of the Spotlight alarm.

First Raised

The earliest known time the same Spotlight alarm was raised against the connection (as sourced from the Playback Database).

Last Raised

The most recent time the same Spotlight alarm was raised against the connection. For an alarm that has been raised repeatedly this could be a more recent time than the time of this alarm.

Is Snoozed

True if the Spotlight alarm has been snoozed. The Spotlight Alarm can be snoozed in Spotlight or the SCOM Console.

Snoozed By

If the Spotlight alarm Is Snoozed - Snoozed By records the user that snoozed the alarm.

Snoozed Until

If the Spotlight alarm Is Snoozed - Snoozed Until records the time the alarm is snoozed till.

Requires Acknowledgment

True if the Spotlight alarm is configured to require acknowledgment.

Further detail and / or make changes

Right click a Spotlight Alert on the Active Alerts table for further detail and / or to make changes

View or edit settings for this rule | Overrides

Override parameters of this Spotlight Alert such as priority and severity. Note that the Spotlight Management Pack for SCOM is sealed so an alternative destination management pack is required.

Properties | General

Change the properties of the Spotlight Alert.

Owner Assign an owner to the Spotlight Alert.
Ticket ID Assign a Ticket ID to the Spotlight Alert.
Alert Status Change the Alert status as appropriate.

Properties | Product Knowledge

Show help on Spotlight Alerts.

Alert Context

Show all details of the Spotlight alarm.

Custom Fields

Show details of the Spotlight alarm that can be displayed as Custom Fields on the Active Alerts table.

Spotlight Alerts rule

You may want to override the defaults to the Spotlight Alerts rule. By default: Spotlight Alerts are enabled, have a warning severity, medium priority and the rule is run every 60 seconds. The rule properties for Spotlight Alerts can be overridden for an individual connection, group of connections or globally.

Open the SCOM Console.

  1. From the Authoring pane select Management Pack Objects | Rules. Look for Spotlight Alerts.
  2. Right click on the Spotlight Alerts rule and select Properties.
  3. Open the Overrides tab.
  4. Click Disable to disable the Spotlight Alerts rule. Click Override to override one or more parameters of this rule. Click on an override to override properties of the rule. Note that the Spotlight Management Pack for SCOM is sealed so an alternative destination management pack is required.

Send notifications to subscribers when criteria is matched relating to the Spotlight Alerts rule

Setup SCOM to send notifications when Spotlight Alerts match a defined Subscription criteria.

Open the SCOM Console. Expand Tasks | Subscription, click Create to open the Notification Subscription Wizard.

The Notification Subscription Wizard

Description

Give a name to the Notification Subscription. Optionally, provide a description.

Criteria

Select criteria as appropriate. A notification will be sent on all selected criteria being matched.

In addition to your own criteria, ensure the following criteria are selected.

Criteria Description
raised by any instance in a specific group The Group Search dialog opens when you select this criteria. From the Management Pack dropdown, select Spotlight Management Pack.
raised by instances with a specific name The Object Search dialog opens when you select this criteria. From the Look for dropdown, select Spotlight Management Pack.

Subscribers

Add subscribers as appropriate. On all selected criteria being matched, SCOM will send a notification to the selected subscribers.