About Downtime

Scheduling of downtime can be very useful during system maintenance as it suppresses notifications to those entities in downtime. The Configuration > Downtime menu is used to manage the scheduling of downtime for all monitored entities including hosts, services, host groups, and service groups. You can set regular (one-time) and recurring (e.g., daily, weekly, monthly, yearly) downtime.

Configuring Scheduled Downtime

The Downtime tool is used to schedule and manage monitoring downtime for all monitored entities including hosts, services, host groups, and service groups for regular and recurring downtime. 

  1. Go to Configuration > Downtimes.
  2. Select what is to be placed in downtime, host, host group, or service group. In this example we select Add Host Downtime

    host, host group, service group downtime

  3. Checking the box corresponding to a host selects the host and all the hosts services.
  4. Selecting the drop-down arrow in the Service column for a host, exposes the associated services. Check/uncheck host/services for downtime.
  5. Click the Add downtime button at the top of the screen.
    host and service selections
  6. Enter the following fields, and click Add to schedule the configured downtime:
    • Downtime Start and End times
    • A downtime Duration (defaults to 60 minutes, if changed will update the End time)
    • And a downtime Comment is required and is useful to document the reason for the downtime
    • The Repeat option allows for recurring downtime to be scheduled daily, weekly, monthly, yearly
      downtime properties
  7. To view scheduled downtime, go to Configuration > Downtimes > List.
    • Select the Type drop-down (on the left side of the screen) to list All, Active, Regular, or Recurring scheduled downtime.
    • The Repeat drop-down (on the right side of the screen) allows for filtering by type of repeat.
    • To sort downtimes select a column title, the default sort is by Start date/time.
    • Listed downtimes can be filtered by entering text within the filter bar for each column.
    • To delete specific downtime check the corresponding downtimes and click Delete selected
    • Based on type of downtime, the displayed icons allows for editing, copying, or ending downtime.
      downtime list

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