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MainView Alarm Management initialization

When Alarm Management starts, it makes a defined list of alarm groups active.

If you want to ensure that an alarm definition is made active when Alarm Management starts, the alarm definition must be in a group that is made active at startup.

The following steps define how Alarm Management determines what alarm groups to make active during initialization:

  1. Alarm Management looks for an alarm parameter file that contains a list of groups to start. Alarm Management searches for the alarm parameter file by name in the following order:

    1. A file with the same name as the value of the &BBMALPRM system symbol.

    2. A file with the same name as the CAS name.

    3. A file named DEFAULT.

    If the alarm parameter file is found, only the alarm definitions in the groups that are listed in the alarm parameter file are started.

  2. If Alarm Management does not find the alarm parameter file, Alarm Management tries to start the following groups:

    1. An alarm group with the same name as the CAS name.

    2. An alarm group named DEFAULT.


If you create an alarm definition and put it in a group that is running, it will start to run, but if that group is not listed in the alarm parameter file, that alarm definition and group will not start when MainView Alarm Management is restarted.

For more information on creating and editing alarm parameter files, see Creating and editing Alarm Management parameter files.

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