Recurrent downtimes

Definition

A downtime period is a time period during which the notifications to a host or a service are disabled. Downtime periods are convenient during maintenance operations on a host or a service: they allow us to avoid receiving false positive.

Recurrent Downtime periods are Downtime periods that recurs repetitively.

E.g.: A back-up of the virtual machines is performed every day from 20h00 to midnight. This type of back-up has a tendency to saturate the CPU use of all the virtual machines. It is necessary to program recurrent Downtime periods on the services concerned to avoid receiving notifications from 20h00 to midnight.

Note

The Downtime periods are taken into account in the calculation of the availability ratio of the resource in the menu: “Dashboard”.

Types of Downtime periods

There are two types of Downtime periods:

  • The fixed downtime period: This means that the downtime period takes place during exactly the time period defined.
  • The flexible downtime period: This means that if during the time period defined the service or the host returns a Not-OK status the downtime period lasts a certain number of seconds (to be defined in the form) from the moment when the host or the status returns a Not-OK status.

Configuration

To add a recurrent downtime period, go on Monitoring > Downtimes > Recurrent downtimes and click on Add

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Configuration of Downtime periods

  • The Name and Description fields serve to give a name and describe the recurrent downtime period.
  • The Enable field serves to enable or disable the downtime period.
  • The Periods field serves to define one or more periods of recurrent downtime periods. To add a period, click on the symbol.

It is possible to choose three types of period:

  • Weekly: to choose the days of the week
  • Monthly: to choose the days of the month
  • Specific date: to choose specific dates
  • The Days field defines the day(s) concerned.
  • The Time period field contains the time period concerned (expressed in HH:MM - HH:MM).
  • The Downtime type field defines the type of downtime period desired.

Note

It is possible to combine several types of periods within the same downtime period.

Relations

  • The Linked with Hosts list can be used to choose the host(s) concerned by the recurrent downtime period.
  • If Linked with Host Groups is chosen with the list Linked with the host group all the hosts belonging to this group are concerned by the recurrent downtime period.
  • The Linked with Services list can be used to choose the service(s) concerned by the recurrent downtime period.
  • If a service group is chosen with the list Linked with Service Groups all the services belonging to this group are concerned by the recurrent downtime period.