A notification list determines what notifications a client of the Global Manager receives. A notification list includes a filter that the Global Manager uses to process notifications before sending the notifications to the client. In addition to a filter, you can also use a notification list to change the name of column headings in the Notification Log of the Global Console.
Changes to a notification list are not available to console users until they reattach to the Global Manager.
Clients that use notification lists include:
Global Consoles — The notification list is a property of the user profile. “Creating a user profile” on page 41 describes how to create user profiles.
Notification adapters — The notification list used by a notification adapter is specified in the NLSubscription section of the adapter’s configuration file. The VMware Smart Assurance Service Assurance Manager Notification Adapters User Guide provides additional details on notification adapters.
Adapter Platform — A Global Manager uses a notification list to receive notifications from the Adapter Platform. The notification list used by Global Manager is specified in the dxa-oi.conf file.Note:
Changes to the notification list are made using the Global Console and not by directly editing the dxa-oi.conf file.
Because a notification list controls what notifications a client receives, it affects more than the display of notifications in a Notification Log. A notification list also affects the display of maps in the Global Console. For example, if a notification list filters out all notifications for a router, the status of that router will appear normal, regardless of its actual condition.
The filters specified as part of a notification list should not be confused with the filtering capabilities of the Global Console. The Global Manager performs the filtering defined in a notification list. The notifications that are filtered out by a notification list are not sent to a client. Filters in the Global Console can be used to further refine the filter of a notification list. The VMware Smart Assurance Service Assurance Manager Operator Guide describes filtering performed by the Global Console.
You can create or modify a notification list using the Global Manager Administration Console or the sm_config utility. This section describes using the Global Manager Administration Console. Chapter 11, “Importing and Exporting Configurations,” describes how to use the sm_config utility.