How should I set thresholds for performance warnings?

What are optimal values for thresholds for performance warnings?

Q: I would like to know how to set thresholds for performance warning, can you explain?

A: Optimal values for a Warning Response Time Limit should be set based upon average known time required to receive a valid response from a monitor. The best way is to run the monitor for a while to get statistics on average time required to get a response from the monitored resource. After that adjust the corresponding values to avoid both false alarms and missing notifications on real problems.

If you use 3.5.8152 or older release of IPHost Network Monitor, please see below.

For 4.0.8652 and newer release: Thresholds for monitors are set on the State Conditions tab on the monitor’s Parameters/Results pane. In the sample below the monitor switches to Warning state if response time is greater than 10s:

Warning Response Time Limit section

By default, a monitor inherits its state conditions from its parent host, hence if you need to set a monitor-specific value, uncheck the Inherit from <parent> checkbox and set the specific Warning Response Time Limit value. The sample above shows the monitor-specific value. Also, you can configure Warning Spike Filter on the corresponding tab in order to skip certain transitions to the Warning state. In the sample below the monitor will switch to Warning state only after the 3rd poll in a row shows the “bad” response time:

Warning Spike Filter

For 3.5.8152 and older release: Thresholds for monitors are set in “Performance Monitoring” section of monitor properties. If you wish to set values individually per monitor, please uncheck “Inherited from monitor type…” checkbox.

If you monitor computers (network devices) mostly residing in the same network, it could be a good idea to set default performance settings per monitor type. Click on “Inherit from monitor type…” link to the right of section header, and set the default performance values for that monitor type. All monitors inheriting default settings will use new values as soon as they are set.

Please refer to Monitor parameters online help document for more information on setting monitor parameters.

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