Using the Central Monitoring Administration console, the administrators can define and manage policies to black out a BMC PATROL Agent from performing certain actions such as blacking out data, events, or recovery actions. You can schedule a blackout policy based on a predefined time frame. You can also define a blackout policy that is always active for specific BMC PATROL Agents.
Click Add, or select an existing policy and click Edit .
Provide the following details:
|Name||Name for the policy. The policy names must be unique. In an environment with tenants, the policy names must be unique for a single tenant. It is a mandatory field.|
|Description||(Optional) A brief description about the policy|
|Enable policy||Indicates whether the policy is enabled or disabled. By default, the policy is enabled. If you disable a policy when you create it, the policy configurations are not applied to the BMC PATROL Agents and the Infrastructure Management Servers. If you disable any existing policy, the policy configurations are removed from the BMC PATROL Agents and the Infrastructure Management Servers, where the policy was applied.|
|Associated User Group|
Name of the user group that is associated with the BMC PATROL Agents as defined in the Authorization Profile or in the PATROL Agent ACLs. The policy is applicable to these PATROL Agents.
Specify whether this policy is to be shared with the users across the associated user group or not. The shared policy can be viewed in READ-ONLY mode by other users of the associated user group.
|Precedence||Priority of the policy. Based on the precedence number you configure, the configuration is applied on the BMC PATROL Agents and Infrastructure Management Servers.|
The precedence number ranges from 0 to 999. The configuration from a policy with a higher precedence overrides the configuration from a policy with a lower precedence.
The default value is 999. A lower number indicates a higher precedence. It is a mandatory field.
On the next page, specify the blackout information. The information that you can configure are listed in following table:
|Data (TYPE_COLLECTION)||Selecting this option stops the BMC PATROL Agents from collecting data|
|Events (TYPE_EVENT)||Selecting this option stops the BMC PATROL Agents from generating events|
|Recovery Actions (TYPE_RECOVERY)||Selecting this option stops the BMC PATROL Agents from running recovery actions|
|Do Not Send (TYPE_INSTANCE_BO_EVENT)||Selecting this option stops the BMC PATROL Agents from sending blackout start and stop events for the blacked out monitor instances. When you black out an agent, all the monitor instances are automatically blacked out, and this option allows you to stop the agent from sending start and stop events for each monitor instance.|
|Scope Of Blackout||Select one of the following options:|
After you save or update a blackout policy, the configuration is pushed to the selected BMC PATROL Agents.
If you remove a threshold configuration policy during a blackout period, events generated by the BMC PATROL Agent do not get closed and are continued to displayed in the Operations Console.
If you are applying a blackout policy on a BMC PATROL Agent, the time specified in the time frame is applied as is. It is not converted to the time zone of the PATROL Agent. You must create the time frame as per the time zone of the computer in which the PATROL Agent is installed.