An alert is one thing. An alert with usable information is even better. Even better than that? An alert with NCM data. And that's what we have for you in NCM 6. The Release Candidate is coming up soon - if you'd like in on it and you're under active maintenance - send me a message and we'll get you fixed up. 

Ok, back to the blog topic. NCM 6.0 brings some really nice alert integration with Orion - so that when you get an alert - you can get additional configuration info and/or trigger some config management actions.

These include: 

1. backup the running config

2. trigger a script

3. show the last config changes

When might this be useful? Just imagine - you get an alert that says something has gone down. Knowing if something recently changed ("show the last config change" action) would really give you a head start on troubleshooting. 

It's a piece of cake to set these up. Just go to the Alert Manager in Orion - where you go to set up all your alerts. Click "New" and you'll see this screen. 

Name your alert, fill out any pertinent data in any of the other tabs, and proceed on to the tab "Trigger Actions." Here, you'll "Add a New Action." Scroll to the bottom - and look what's there... "Execute NCM Action."

 

Choose that one and you'll get a number of options: 

 

 

Fill in the blanks - and you're on your way. Another neat thing to note - is that these actions are stored in the $(Notes) variable - which means you can reference them in other alert actions. 

The more information you have in an alert - the faster you can fix the problem. Happy alerting!