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How to set default settings and managing BPM agents in APM Application Health

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With the 9.40 release of Micro Focus Application Performance Management (APM), you now have the ability to view the list of Business Process Monitoring agents and set the default settings in Application Health. You can also launch the BPM console from the BPM agents view. Once you set the default settings, the next time you create an application the default settings are automatically set from your  selections on the default settings tab.

Application Performance Monitoring is an enterprise application monitoring and management solution for desktop, web, and mobile apps deployment and performance in your on-premises, cloud, or hybrid environments. IT departments in enterprises have selected APM because it offers a 360 degree view of the application deployment in a single pane of glass.

Note: APM 9.40 has almost all the capabilities of the legacy EUM admin Java applet UI.

Accessing the General Settings in Application Health

The APM 9.40 release has a new menu option where you can view the BPM agents and set the default settings. To access the general settings you need to navigate to Application Health -> General Settings -> BPM Agents. The menu has two tabs. The first one, BPM Agents, lists all the BPM agents connected to the APM.  The second tab, Default Settings, allows you to set the default settings that apply to an application when you create a new application.Application Health BPM Agents.png

 BPM Agents

The BPM Agents tab lists all the agents connected to the APM. When you hover the mouse over any of the BPM agents, you have the option to edit the agents, delete the agent and to launch the BPM console for the agent. Application Health BPM Agents II.png

To add a BPM agent using BPM Admin console, go to Tools > Agent Manager. In the Agent Manager dialog box, click the Add Agent button. The Add Agent dialog box opens. Enter the user name, password, protocol, host name, and port.Agent Manager.png


On the edit BPM agent dialog box, you can edit the BPM console URL, set a user name and password for the BPM agent, lock/unlock BPM agent and see if the BPM agent is receiving jobs or not.

You can select the Lock BPM Agent and enforce IP validation check box to enforce validation of the BPM's IP address each time a request from the BPM is received. If the IP addresses do not match, the request is ignored. Clear the check box to cancel IP validation.

Select the “BPM Agent is receiving jobs” check box to send jobs to BPM when requested. Clear the check box to stop sending jobs to BPM. If the check box is not selected, the BPM agent stops receiving jobs and all of its current jobs are removed from the BPM console.

Note: There is no provision to bulk delete BPM agents. You can only delete one agent at a time.

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You can launch the BPM console for a BPM agent by hovering the mouse over the agent and clicking on rocket.PNG Note: Launching the BPM console is currently supported only on Internet Explorer and Firefox.

 BPM Default Settings

The BPM default settings tab allows you to set the default settings like Performance thresholds, availability thresholds and default transaction breakdowns for an application. Once you set the default settings, the next time you create an application you will see that the default settings are already pre-populated.


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You can also set a default data collector schedule or multiple default data collector schedules. Once you set the default data collectors schedules, when you try to add a schedule under the scheduling tab on App Settings -> Business Process Monitor, you will see that the default schedules are already populated.

On the default data collector settings, you can set the default frequency, start time and end time. You can also define the default timezone and start offset. Note: The default schedules set are generic for all the locations.

The Timezone enables you to select the time zone option on which the data collector instance bases its scheduling. Select the “Data collector time” radio button to have the data collector instance base its scheduling on the data collector machine's time clock. Note: Depending on the data collector location, local time may vary among machines. Select the “Offset from GMT” radio button to have the data collector instance base its scheduling on the time zone you set. You will then need to specify the timezone in relation to GMT. Setting timzone to “Offset from GMT” enables you to synchronize transaction run times among hosts.

The start offset enables you to delay the scheduled running of BPM applications or the Business Transaction Flow. This enables the optimal distribution of script runs over time and minimizes the parallel running of many scripts. Select the “BPM default” radio button to use the start offset automatically assigned in the BPM for each profile that has this setting. Select the “User defined” radio button and set the amount of seconds the BPM should offset the running of the BPM application or business transaction flow.


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Note: You need to have at least one default data collector schedule which means you can delete all but the last schedule from the list of default data collector schedules.

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