In January, the DB Plug-in 188.8.131.52.0 was released for EM 12c. Not long after, my friend Brian found they added a new metric with default thresholds. The new metric group is Operating System Audit Files and the metric alerts on Size of Audit Files. Depending on the size and agent of your environment, you may immediately start getting notifications or pages as the default thresholds are 10MB/20MB, which can be quite small.
An example of the notification you might receive:
Target type=Database Instance
Message=35.39 MB of Audit Trail files collected (.aud: 35.39, .xml: 0, .bin: 0)
Event reported time=Feb 6, 2015 6:53:56 AM PST
Target Lifecycle Status=Production
Associated Incident Id=2103
Associated Incident Status=New
Associated Incident Owner=
Associated Incident Acknowledged By Owner=No
Associated Incident Priority=None
Associated Incident Escalation Level=0
Event Type=Metric Alert
Metric Group=Operating System Audit Records
Metric=Size of Audit Files
Rule Name=DBA_Incident_Rule,Create incident for critical metric alerts
3.39 MB of Audit Trail files collected (.aud: 3.39, .xml: 0, .bin: 0)
Incident created by rule (Name = DBA_Incident_Rule, Create incident for critical metric alerts; Owner = SYSMAN).
So if you’re planning to upgrade 1000 agents with the new Database Plugin, you might start getting a little nervous about receiving all of these pages. Since the metric didn’t exist before, it’s not included in your templates to be disabled. Even if it were in the templates, it would likely alert before you could reapply templates.
Luckily, Incident Rules provide a method to exclude a particular event when evaluating an Incident Rule.
From Setup -> Incidents -> Incident Rules, you’ll want to edit your defined Incident Rule. If you haven’t customized an Incident Rule, you can select the default Incident Ruleset and do a Create Like to clone and be able to edit.
Select the Metric Alert rule, and click Edit.
On this first screen, you’ll see the Advanced Selection Options. If you expand this you’ll see an option for Event name. This is where you can exclude a specific metric event by select Not Equals and enter the event name. In the case of this metric, the event name is sizeOfOSAuditFiles:FILE_SIZE.
Click Next and Continue until you finally get to Save. To validate, you can use the Simulate Rules or trigger an alert to see if it sends the email.
This concept can be applied to help filter out other events, or categories of metrics as needed.