System Monitoring

System Monitoring is an application in SAP Focused Run in the area Advanced System Management. It provides permanent collection of the most important KPIs to monitor technical systems, databases and hosts.

Scope

  • Monitoring of technical systems including their instances, databases and hosts.
  • Template based configuration with automatic assignment during Simple System Integration. Templates are pre-defined by SAP and can be adapted to the customer needs.
  • Display the status of managed objects and drill down to each single metric or event. Show the history of each metric in the Metric Monitor.
  • Automatic alert generation when thresholds are violated.

Target Group

  • System Administrators who want to monitor technical systems in the customer landscape.

Release Notes

SAP Focused Run 2.0 SP00

  • The new “Hosts” page displays the status of all hosts in the selected scope. This allows an easier identification of host issues in your landscape.
  • On the “Metrics” page it is now possible to display the metric history for multiple managed objects. One use case could be to identify the hosts with the highest CPU utilization in a given timeframe.
  • Improved time range selection in the Metric Monitor

SAP Focused Run 2.0 FP01

  • You can select the time frame from a default list in the metric monitor. This list of the default time frame is in sync with the list of default time frame of System Analysis application.
  • You can view the alert details by choosing the number in the Alerts column.
  • If any work mode is maintained for the managed object, the name is displayed under the Work Mode column. You can also view the work mode name by opening the information icon of the managed object.

SAP Focused Run 2.0 FP02

  • You can select the time frame from a default list in the metric monitor. This list of the default time frame is in sync with the list of default time frame of System Analysis application.
  • You can view the alert details by choosing the number in the Alerts column.
  • If any work mode is maintained for the managed object, the name is displayed under the Work Mode column. You can also view the work mode name by opening the information icon of the managed object.

SAP Focused Run 2.0 FP03

  • Metric monitor option is available at the group level of the hierarchy view of an entity and not just at the variant level. For example, you can monitor the metric of the group, File System Free (%), of exception category of the host by choosing the Metric Monitor icon next to the group.
  • Use System Monitoring - Content Management to compare usage and content of monitoring templates (both active and downloaded), and update the content. In detail:
    • Template Comparison helps you to compare the usage and the content of templates that have been provided by SAP as well as templates that you have created yourself. It complements Template Maintenance, but it is better suited for comparing the content of two templates and for getting an overview about the usage of your templates.
    • If a new SAP monitoring update is available, use Impact Analysis to check the differences between active and downloaded content. This includes metrics, events, alerts, and templates, which have been changed, added, or deprecated. After performing this check, update the content.
  • This new view of the app System Monitoring – Individual Maintenance and Assignment offers the following functions:
    • Define the default template valid for the different products (previously part of Template Maintenance); as a new feature, you can now define the default template assignment on product group level, too.
    • The rule-based template assignment allows you to assign templates dynamically depending on LMDB properties. Rules are defined as a combination of LMDB-based filters, either inherited from the technical system or related to the managed object. A rule assignment is a combination of a rule, a product and a template which should be assigned in case the rule applies.

Prerequisites

General

  • System Monitoring is available as of SAP Focused Run 1.0 SP00

Remote Availability Checks

The Remote Availability Checks are performed from a defined (central) Simple Diagnostic Agent (SDA) located in the related Customer Network of the Managed System.

The selection of the central SDA based on three attempts:

  1. If a host is maintained for a Customer Network in report RLMDB_CUSTOMER_NETWORK_TOOLS column “Hostname for Central Diagnostic Agent”, this SDA is used.
  2. If an Enterprise Manager is available in the Customer Network the SDA on this host is used.
  3. If both above are not available, a random online SDA is used.

For all three options it is checked, if the related SDA is online.

The active central SDA can be displayed in the Metric Details of the Remote Availability Check Metric:

  • Info button on metric level
  • Following the Link "Check Data Collection"
  • Column Agent ### is responsible for the data collection.

Setup

System Monitoring for a technical system is automatically configured during Simple System Integration (SSI). During the SSI step “System Monitoring”, all installed products of the technical system, as well as its database and hosts, will be identified and the corresponding default templates will be applied and activated.

Default Template Assignment

You can maintain the default template for each product in the Template Maintenance application.

  • Open the application System Monitoring - Template Maintenance from the FRUN Launchpad (you can find it in the section Advanced System Management).
  • Select the Managed Object Type (e.g. Technical System) in the Templates area
  • The section Default Assignment on the right side shows the default templates for each product. If the column Default Template: Custom-defined shows None, the SAP default template (as shown in column Default Template: SAP-defined) will be used.
  • Click Edit if you want to change the default template for a product
  • You can now select the default template for each product in a drop-down box. If you don't want to use any template for a product (e.g. if you want to disable monitoring for a product) you can also choose Do not assign any template.
  • Click Save to persist your changes. You will be asked for a transport during save. This allows you to transport your default template settings to another system.
  • After your settings are saved, all subsequent new configurations or re-configurations in SSI will use the new default template. If you want to reapply your changes to existing managed objects, you can go to the tab Template Assignment, select the objects you want to reconfigure and click on Apply and Activate.

Rule-Based Template Assignment

It is also possible to implement additional logic for a rule-based template assignment. This is currently covered by a BAdI which is executed during template assignment. Each customer can develop an own implementation of the BAdI to influence which templates should be assigned under which condition. This process is described here.

FAQ

You can find the list of supported products here.