Understanding Applications Manager

Applications Manager is a web-based monitoring tool that manages the performance of applications, servers, databases, systems, services, websites, and JMX/SNMP-based custom applications in a complex IT infrastructure. You can find seven module tabs at the top which are explained as follows:

Tab NameDescription
Intro Introduction page of Applications Manager. It gives an overview of the working of Applications Manager.
Home Displays the home page of Applications Manager. Has four views: Summary, Business View, Availability and Performance.
  • Summary: Has a dashboard that shows the health and availability of all the Monitor Groups in a snapshot . Lists all the Monitor Groups created and their details and graphical representation of the Monitor Group with most critical alarms. Recent 5 alarms can be also be viewed.
  • Business View: The business view provides you a graphical snapshot of the entire business infrastructure which is being monitored. This view displays the various Monitors associated to Monitor Groups along with its health and availability.
  • Availability: Gives the Availability history of the Monitors/ Monitor Groups in a snapshot. You can get the data for either the last 24 hours or the last 30 days.
  • Performance: Gives the Health history and events of Monitor/Monitor Groups in a dashboard. You can get the data for either the last 24 hours or the last 30 days (excluding today).
  • Custom Dashboards: Apart from the already available dashboards, you can create your own custom dashboards by using different widgets.
Monitors Lists all the Monitor Types supported and provides the number of Monitor being discovered in the network. You can also click on the Monitor Types to view information of their Monitors. On clicking the Monitor Types, you can view the Availability Dashboard, Performance Dashboard and the List View that shows the performance attributes of the Monitor in detail.
Cloud Lists all the cloud resources that are added as monitors under Cloud Apps and displayed in the form of Availability, Performance and List Views.
APM Lists the application resources built on various environments that are monitored with complete code-level insights using APM Insight agents.
User Experience Displays the performance metrics of all the resources that are associated with Digital End User Experience with the help of End User Monitoring (EUM) agent.
Alarms Lists the alarms generated by the Monitor and their attributes, based on predefined thresholds. The view is customizable such that you can view alarms for all or for particular application or Monitor Type, list 10/25/50/75/100/125 entries in a single view, etc.
Settings Lists the configuration operations such as creating new application, new monitor, etc. to be performed for monitoring.
Reports Lists the Monitor Groups and the different Monitor Types for which the reports are generated. Reports can be viewed based on attributes listed for the corresponding Monitor Type.

The left frame consists of links for easy navigation and the top frame consists of links such as Talk back, Help, Personalize etc. common in all the screens. To know more details on these links and icon representation, refer to the Web Client section. The various tables in the web client can be dragged and arranged as per your requirement

Note: Have a look at Getting Started - How to Demosfrom website.

Monitor Views

Under Monitor tab, you can see all the monitors listed down in the Select View drop-down menu in the right-hand corner. There are eight different views:

View TypeDescription
Bulk Configuration View Lists all the details of the monitors that are monitored. From this view you can carry out bulk admin operations like updating user name and passwords across monitors. Refer Bulk Configuration for further details.
Category View Lists the monitors according to the various categories like Applications Servers, Database Servers etc.
Business View In this view, the Monitors will be arranged in an default order.You can re-arrange the Monitors and click on the floppy disk icon to save the view. You can also zoom in and out of the view, and save the zoom level which is optimal for your viewing. Business View has the following properties.You can edit the view by clicking on Settings icon and selecting the Edit View from the menu to open a Customizable Business View page: View Properties
  • Update Monitor - This setting allows you to refresh the status of the Monitors and Monitor Groups automatically by fixing some limited time (in minutes).
  • Reload Interval - This setting is similar to Update Monitor except that it will reload the entire view after the given time. The recommended interval would be 15 minutes.
  • Check the Show Label for Monitors checkbox to show the labels for various monitors.
  • Associated Monitor Groups - This setting allows you to add various Monitor Groups to your view. This is only available for the "Customizable Business View".
  • Under View Properties, by selecting Show only Monitor Groups and Sub Groups allows you to include the Monitor Groups and Sub Groups in the selected view.
  • By selecting Show only Critical Monitors you can show only critical Sub Groups and Monitors inside the selected view.
  • By selecting Show only Monitor Groups Status you can show the status of  top level Monitor Groups (that are selected via Associated Monitor Groups) in the selected view.
You can create multiple views for a Monitor Group. Click on the Settings icon in the business view and select Create New View. By providing various details like Update Monitor time interval, Reload interval, opting to select Monitor and Monitor Groups and Sub Groups you can create a custom view. In addition, you can also edit its apperance of the view . Go to the Display Properties tab and provide the following details:
  • Background color
  • Line Color
  • Label Color
  • Line Thickness
  • Line Transperancy
Publishing the View: Applications Manager allows you to embed these Business View in intranet/internet portals by selecting the menu option 'Publish The View' from Settings and copy the iframe details and pasting it in the webpages.
World Map View Applications Manager, integrated with online map services, provides network traffic information at a geographical dimension. By using online map API features, Applications manager provides different levels of abstraction in the network data visualization. Refer to World Map View for further details.
Icon View Lists all the monitors using icons, shows the host and the monitors assosciated with it symbolically
Table View Lists the monitors within the host in a tabular format.
Plasma View The plasma view enables you to have a snapshot of what is happening with the monitors, at one glance. The view can be put up on a plasma screen, and you can have a look even when you are not in front of the monitor.The 'Customize View' option available in the top right hand corner, gives you the option to customize the layout. By checking the option “Play sound alarm for critical events”, you can get notified/ warned of the critical events by sound alarms.
Monitor Group View Lists all Monitor Groups and the Sub-Groups available. You can associate Monitors, Copy Paste Monitor, configure alarms through this Monitor Group View itself (like Bulk Config view). In addition, you can enable or disable actions via this view itself, i.e, even if you have already configured actions like sending EMail, through 'disable action' you can prevent EMail action. Includes an option supported to update the Hostname/IP.