The Playback facility allows you to view events and data collected in the recent past on Spotlight Overview pages, connection drilldowns and Spotlight Today. Once a time is selected, the display of the Connection drilldown and Spotlight Today turns to that time. Playback time to capture the event or moment in Spotlight as though it was happening in real time.

Using the Playback facility

  1. Select a connection.
  2. Select from the available options on the Monitor | Playback ribbon tab.
Icon Name Description
Playback button Playback Select an alarm or moment in time in the past to return to. Click Real Time to return to the present time.
Control Description
Select the date Select the date. Use the back and forward buttons to change the date.
Select the time of day Select the time of day. Press and hold to magnify the time scale. The time scale is colored according to the most severe alarm raised against the connection at that time.
Alarms list The alarms list shows alarms raised on the selected day. It scrolls to show those alarms raised at the given time. Select an alarm to playback to the time when the alarm was raised.

Use the Search field above the table to quickly locate an alarm. The list of alarms is filtered to match the text you type in the search field.
Icon Name Description
Real time button Real Time Return to present time.
Rewind button Rewind Go back in time. Click the associate arrow to define how far back in time to travel: 1 minute, 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours, 6 hours, 12 hours or 1 day.
Skip button Skip Starting from the past, skip forward in time. Click the associate arrow to define how far forward to skip: 1 minute, 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours, 6 hours, 12 hours or 1 day.
Play button Play Starting from the past, step forward in time through the alarms in sequence. Click the associate arrow to define the speed of play.

Configuration and deployment

Configuration and deployment Description
Configure the Playback Database Click to re-enter connection details to the Playback Database, create a new Playback Database or specify the number of days that data will be stored in the Playback Database. The number of days specified corresponds to the number of days of history available to Playback. The default is seven days. The minimum is two days.
Configure | Scheduling Playback data is collected at scheduled intervals, in response to some alarms, and also while viewing a drilldown using the Spotlight client. This means that history data may not be available for a drilldown in Playback mode. You may want to set the rate at which data is collected.
Playback Database The Playback Database is stored on SQL Server. Employ maintenance procedures and back up the Playback Database regularly.
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