How can I ignore Idle (Admin) BGP neighbors in Alerts?

Problem: Until I find time to go through all my gear and delete unused peering sessions,  I'd like to make Solarwinds ignore BGP neighbors with the following state: Idle (Admin)

You'll see this if you do a sh ip bgp sum and you have an admin down BGP peer.

Currently I only have the first gray child condition, Routing Neighbors Protocol Orion Status is equal to Down.  The 3 gray child conditions listed under the AND statement are ones that I was considering tinkering with if it will accomplish the task.

I was thinking that all I need to do is tell the Alerts to IGNORE Idle (Admin) bgp states this would solve my problem for now.  It doesn't look like there is a way to do this.  Can anyone give a suggestion (besides delete the bgp peers bc yeah yeah it's on my list)?


Here are some other options to choose from:


  • I think we did find an SNMP OID that matched our intentionally idle states.  I was able to make a UNDP for this OID, but I can't figure out how to use the alert GUI with the built in alert to use it as a filter.

    This is from Cisco's SNMP Object Navigator.


    SNMP walk against a couple of routes on one of our routers looks like this: = INTEGER: 2 = INTEGER: 1

    where is the BGP route IPv4 Address.  In this case, the route with INTEGER: 1 is supposed to be admin down as a reserved/backup route.

    Since the built in alert reports the IP address and this OID reports the same address, there should be a way to key these together and filter out any BGP routes in an Admin down state.  It might require an SWQL query.

    Tagging a couple of people from other BGP posts hoping they will tag some more.


  • I've just stuck with using syslog for this (both OSPF and BGP). It's quick and reliable. Anything involving the alerting engine, comes with a time delay - so it doesn't pick up flapping links.

  • I have made that suggestion.  The network group currently isn't sending those messages to out SolarWinds or Kiwi syslog instance.

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