Welcome to SolarWinds blog series “The Best Practices for Optimizing Alerts”. This is the last part of 3-part series where you can learn more about the best practices in optimizing your network alerts in your IT environment.

In the previous blog, we had discussed network based alerting and how it helps administrators to maintain continuous network up-time and service availability. In this blog, we will explore more about activity based alerting and its importance in monitoring critical servers, applications and process in your network environment.

One of the responsibilities of the network administrator is to find out network issues, by keeping updated on the events that are happening and have a potential effect on network performance. Usually administrators have a pre-defined set of conditions that they know will affect their network and set up alerts that prompt them if there is unusual activity in the network. Activity based alerting helps network managers to be proactive and resolve any issues quickly.

 

What is Activity based Alerting?

Network administrators can set activity based alerts to get informed when specific actions are performed such as unauthorized access in a user file or a port based on event logs, SLA performance or syslogs. Activity based alerting notifies network administrator if an event matches a specific pre-defined criteria.

 

Troubleshoot network issues faster!

Activity based alerting helps you to monitor certain critical processes that continuously operate without any interference. For example, if network administrators set restricted access to control certain business applications and if there is an unauthorized entry from an IP addresses to access confidential data, administrators can receive an alert on the specific event and immediately respond. It helps to formulate network policies and procedures based on the user activity.

Other examples of activity based alerting include network bandwidth usage, and unauthorized USB usage.

 

Get Intelligent Alerts on your Network Activity

Activity based alerting keeps you informed about specific cases in which you need to receive alerts. Intelligent Network Alerting helps you recognize and correct issues before your users experience performance or availability issues. Intelligent alerting not only keeps you updated on the events that happened, but also ensures you don’t receive unnecessary alerts.

By monitoring your network, you can find and correct issues before your network performance gets affected by degradation or availability issues. Also, learn more about threshold and network based alerting, and its significance in troubleshooting network issues.