Notification Settings

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The 'Notification Settings' page allows you to configure your appliance  to send email alerts and allow network interface monitoring through SNMP.

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This page has two sections that are described in the following topics -

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Email Settings

The ‘Email Settings’ section as shown below allows you to configure the appliance to send out email alerts. The email alerts are generated whenever there is a change in the status of the appliance.

 

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On checking ‘Enable Email Alerts’ in this page, the GUI expands to a view that allows the user to configure the various email-related settings.  The user can specify:

 

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  • SMTP Hostname - You can specify the appropriate ‘SMTP Hostname’
  • SMTP Port Number - Set the ‘SMTP Port Number’ for your mail server.
  • Encryption - If required, you can set ‘Encryption’ to ‘SSL’ (Secure Socket Layer) or ‘TLS’ (Transport Layer Security) or leave it as ‘None’. 
  • Email To - The ‘Email to’ field allows the user to specify a single or multiple email addresses separated by commas.
  • Email From - The sender’s email address is required to be filled in the ‘Email From’ field.
  • Call Home for Proactive Support - Checking this field would enable Xyratex to receive copies of alerts generated by the appliance. In addition, anonymized statistics and appliance configuration will be collected periodically in an encrypted form. The data helps Xyratex provide proactive support in case of any potential issue. Clicking on 'privacy statement' will take you to the Xyratex site where you can learn more about the type of information gathered and how it is used.
  • Authentication Type - If your SMTP server requires authentication, select ‘Basic’ for ‘Authentication Type’, else leave it as ‘None’.  This expands the view further as shown below; provide the required user name and password.

 

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When the configuration is complete, you can validate the settings by clicking the Send Test Email button. The outcome of the test is displayed in a banner message presented to the user.  If the test succeeds, you can click the Apply button to save the changes. The user is then notified via a banner message that "The email settings have been saved".

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SNMP Settings

This section of the 'Notification Settings' page allows the user to configure the SNMP agent on the appliance to monitor all network interfaces for link up/down status changes.  

 

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Checking on 'Enable SNMP Support' will allow the user to enable the SNMP monitoring of the appliance's network interfaces for link up/down status changes. When this field is checked, the GUI expands to a view as shown below.

 

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Here the user can specify the SNMP related settings such as -

  • Community - Specify the SNMP community string. This parameter acts like a password and permits access to walk the SNMP MIBs on the appliance as well as perform SNMP Get operations on them. The string is case-sensitive and its length is restricted to a maximum of 32 characters.
  • Host - Specify the host name or IP address of the SNMP management console that will receive the link up/down notifications. The format is a string up to 64-characters long.
  • Location - Provide a maximum of 255 character long string that describes the system location.
  • Contact -  Supply a string that describes the system contact information with the maximum length restricted to 255 characters.
  • Alerts - When the 'Network Interface Status Change' field is checked,  a link up/down notification will be sent to the SNMP console as assigned in the Host field.

The 'Community', 'Host', 'Location' and 'Contact' are all mandatory fields  that need to be specified where the 'Alerts' field is an optional parameter.

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