Alarms and Events

What are Alarms and Events?

An event is an occurrence that happens at a specific point of time. These indicate that a significant system event has occurred but is not an ongoing persistent event.

An alarm is an indication that the system is in a state that may require user intervention to resolve.

An alarm is stateful, an event is a one-off occurrence. For example, an alarm is usually associated with two events, an "ADD" when it is created and a "CLEAR" when it goes away.

How Do I Find Alarms?

You can find alarms in the PCLI by typing:

admin@conductor1.nycsite1# show alarms
Tue 2018-09-11 14:44:15 UTC
=============================== ===================== ========== ============================================== =========== ====================================================
ID Time Severity Source Category Message
=============================== ===================== ========== ============================================== =========== ====================================================
datacenter1.bostonsite1:60 2018-09-11 14:42:46 info unavailable interface Intf 10 (1) administratively down
datacenter1.bostonsite1:61 2018-09-11 14:42:46 major If - 1 | Destination - 10.0.128.0 | Vlan - 0 peer Peer seattlesite1 path is down (PeerName:
seattlesite1 | Destination: 10.0.128.0 | NodeName:
datacenter1 | DeviceInterface: 1 | Vlan: 0)
branchoffice1.seattlesite1:36 2018-09-11 14:42:41 major If - 1 | Destination - 10.0.128.1 | Vlan - 0 peer Peer bostonsite1 path is down (PeerName:
bostonsite1 | Destination: 10.0.128.1 | NodeName:
branchoffice1 | DeviceInterface: 1 | Vlan: 0)
There are 0 shelved alarms
Completed in 0.62 seconds

The web client will have a badge icon on the bell on the left panel that indicates the total number of alarms. Additionally, the header on the Dashboard will enumerate the total alarms into one of three categories: critical, major and minor. Both the bell and the critical, major and minor are links to the alarm page which filters alarms respectively.

alarms_and_events_alarm_screenshot

How Do I Find Events?

You can find events in the PCLI by typing:

admin@conductor1.nycsite1# show events alarm
Tue 2018-09-11 14:46:14 UTC
============== =============== ============ ====================== ========== ========================================== =================== ================== ================
Router Node Event Type Time Severity Source Category Message Shelved Status
============== =============== ============ ====================== ========== ========================================== =================== ================== ================
seattlesite1 branchoffice1 add 2018-09-10T23:49:47Z major bostonsite1+3.3.3.128+branchoffice1+3+0 peer Peer bostonsite1 not-shelved
path is down
(PeerName:
bostonsite1 |
Destination:
3.3.3.128 |
NodeName:
branchoffice1 |
DeviceInterface:
3 | Vlan: 0)
bostonsite1 datacenter1 add 2018-09-10T23:49:53Z major seattlesite1+1.1.1.128+datacenter1+4+0 peer Peer not-shelved
seattlesite1
path is down
(PeerName:
seattlesite1 |
Destination:
1.1.1.128 |
NodeName:
datacenter1 |
DeviceInterface:
4 | Vlan: 0)
seattlesite1 branchoffice1 clear 2018-09-10T23:49:54Z major bostonsite1+3.3.3.128+branchoffice1+3+0 peer Peer bostonsite1 not-shelved
path is down
(PeerName:
bostonsite1 |
Destination:
3.3.3.128 |
NodeName:
branchoffice1 |
DeviceInterface:
3 | Vlan: 0)

Within the web client, the Event History link will bring you to a page where all events can be displayed, or by applying varying level of filters, restrict the messages to only a particular router or event type.

alarms_and_events_events_screenshot

In large deployments, there may be a large number of events on a conductor. It may be difficult to wade through the pages of events if you know you are looking for a particular event within a window of time. The show events command supports filtering events by time when specifying starting and ending time ranges. The syntax for time follows the same format of the event timestamps.

show events alarm from 2020-03-30T22:00:00Z to 2020-03-30T23:59:59Z router burlma-corp
note

Note the trailing Z. Most systems are configured to be in UTC time. If the trailing Z was absent, the time filter would be restricted to the local time zone

show events alarm from 2020-03-30T22:00:00Z to 2020-03-30T23:59:59Z router AAPDENCOPOD4

Contents of Alarms and Events

FieldDescription
dateTimeThis is the date and time that the event occurred. The format of the value followsthe ISO 8601 standard
nodeThe system within the 128T which produced the event
processThe process within the node which produced the event
sourceThe name of the entity which was the originator of the alarm. When the topic is a network-interface, this would be the name of the network-interface.
categoryThis is the alarm type. Each category has a specific message format:
system Related to the system, e.g. CPU, memory, etc.
process Related to an internal software process
interface/network-interface Related to an interface on the 128T (up, down,etc.)
platform Related to low-level events that aren't necessarily derived from the machine; e.g. security keys
peer Related to connectivity between 128T routers
platform-state Sourced from the stats infrastructure
redundancy Related to high availability behavior; e.g. a failover or leadership change
giid Related to an interface that is part of a redundant pair (giid is an interface's "global ID")
asset An alarm sourced by an asset (a managed node) that is dervied from Automated Provisioner
severityAlarms can be categorized in one of four severities: critical, major, minor and info. These severity levels can be used to filter alerts based on one of these levels. The default severity level is info, which shows all alarms.
critical The condition affects service
major Immediate action is required
minor Minor warning conditions
info No action is required
messageDescriptive text regarding the nature of the alarm

Shelving Alarms

When a 128T is put into “Maintenance Mode” all alarms for that 128T will be “shelved”. Shelved alarms will continue to be monitored by the system but will not be presented on the standard UI. The state of shelved alarms can be optionally viewed by issuing:

admin@conductor1.nycsite1# show alarms shelved
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