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Creating Alarms in CA Spectrum

Creating an Alarm

CA Spectrum is a service and infrastructure management system that notifies you of faults on managed elements within the network infrastructure. CA Spectrum receives alerts from problem areas within the managed infrastructure. CA Spectrum converts alerts into events and alarms, which are displayed in OneClick event and alarm views. The general events for a system are already configured in the CA Spectrum one console. Alarms can be created for any of the raised events. To create an alarm:

  1. Open the link http://<IP Address of CA Spectrum Server>/spectrum/ in a browser. The following screen opens.

  2. Click on Start Console to open the CA Spectrum one click.

  3. Enter the username and password when prompted. The CA Spectrum one click opens

  4. Navigate to Universe in the Navigation panel and select an IP Address in which you want to create alarms for the available events.
  5. Open the context menu by right-clicking the selected IP Address and select Utilities > Event Configuration .
  6. Select the event in the Navigation panel, and then click the Alarms tab in the Details panel.


  7. Select an alarm severity other than None from the Severity list. The severities available are
    • Normal (0) : It indicates that:
      • Contact has been made with the device, and the device is operating normally.
      • A Normal Alarm is generated.


      If an event generates an alarm but a severity for the alarm is not specified (for instance, if you have created the supporting EventDisp configuration file manually and inadvertently omitted a severity), CA Spectrum assigns normal severity status to the alarm.

    • Minor (1) : It indicates that an abnormal situation exists, but no immediate action is required. This level of severity is also used for alarms created only to convey information, such as “Duplicate IP."
    • Major (2) : It indicates that a loss of service has occurred or is impending. An action is required within a short period.
    • Critical (3) : It indicates that a loss of service has occurred and immediate action is required.
    • Maintenance (4) : It indicates that the device has been taken offline for maintenance purposes.
    • Suppressed (5) : It indicates that the device cannot be reached due to a known error condition that exists on another device.
    • Initial (6) : It indicates that contact with the device has not yet been established.

  8. Change the Cause Code according to your requirement. Events that generate alarms typically use their event codes as alarm cause codes. The event code of the event is, therefore, the default alarm cause code of the alarm.

  9. Enter a comma-separated list of event variable IDs in the Event Variable Discriminators field,  if you want to use the values of the variables in the event to determine whether to generate the alarm. Enter each ID separately; ranges of IDs are not supported.

    For example, if the event generates alarm 0x3b10011, and you enter “1,3” for Event Variable Discriminators, and if an alarm 0x3b10011 already exists on the model, a new alarm is generated ONLY if the values for both event variables 1 and 3 are different in the new event instance as compared to current alarms on the model generated from the same event.


    By default, CA Spectrum does not generate a new alarm each time the same event occurs if an alarm already exists for that event on the model. You can use event discriminators or alarm options to change this default behavior.
  10. For Type , enter a text string that identifies the type of the alarm, for example, “BAD LINK DETECTED.”
    The text string that you enter for Type is displayed as the title of the alarm in CA Spectrum GUI, as shown in the following image. For enhanced readability, enter the text string in capital letters.
  11. Specify the symptoms, probable causes, and recommended corrective actions for the alarm on the Symptoms , Probable Causes , and Recommended Actions tabs respectively. This information is displayed on the Alarm Details tab in CA Spectrum GUI, as shown in the preceding image.

  12. Click the Alarm Options tab, and specify advanced options for the alarm.
    • Alarm is Persistent
      If this option is selected, the alarm is retained in memory, in case the SpectroSERVER is shut down and restarted.
    • Alarm is User Clearable
      If this option is selected, users can clear the alarm.
    • Generate a Unique Alarm for Each Event
      By default, CA Spectrum does not generate a new alarm each time the same event occurs if an alarm already exists for the event on the model.
      If this option is selected, a unique alarm is generated each time the same event occurs.
  13. Click on the Save icon in the Navigation panel to save the created alarm.

The alarm for the event is created.