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Defining a Service Level Objective Against an Application

Updated: November 1, 2013

Applies To: System Center 2012 - Operations Manager, System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager, System Center 2012 SP1 - Operations Manager

You can define a service level objective (SLO) to establish the availability and performance goals for an application. In the following procedure, you create a service level objective against a distributed application, define a monitor SLO that is based on availability (99.9% up-time), and define a collection rule SLO that is based on a performance rule (80% average processor time).

To define a service level objective for an application

  1. Open the Operations console with an account that is a member of the Operations Manager Administrators user role.

  2. Click Authoring.

  3. In the navigation pane, expand Management Pack Objects, and then click Service Level Tracking.

  4. In the Tasks pane, click Create.

  5. In the Service Level Tracking dialog box, type a name for the service level that you are defining. For example, type LOB Application 1. Optionally, you can provide a description. Click Next.

  6. On the Objects to Track page, under Targeted class, click Select.

  7. In the Select a Target Class dialog box, select a class for the service level, such as Distributed Application, from the list in the text box. You can search for a class by typing its name into the Look For text box. Click OK to close the Select a Target dialog box.

  8. You can use the Scope option to specify the scope for the service level. The default selection is to use all objects of the targeted class.

  9. Select the management pack that this service level will be saved in. You can use an existing management pack or create a new one.

  10. Click Next.

  11. On the Service Level Objectives page, click Add, and then click Monitor state SLO to create a new monitor. This monitor will track the availability of the application.

  12. Define the state monitor as follows:

    1. In the Service level objective name text box, type a name for the service level objective. For this scenario, type Availability.

    2. From the Monitor drop-down list, choose the specific monitor that you want to use to measure the objective. For this scenario, choose Availability.

    3. Using the Service level objective goal (%) spin box, provide the numerical measure for your objective. For example, select 99.990 to indicate that your goal is 99.99% availability.

    4. You can refine what the monitor tracks to determine availability by selecting or clearing any of the following state criteria:

      • Unplanned maintenance

      • Unmonitored

      • Monitoring unavailable

      • Monitor disabled

      • Planned maintenance

      • Warning

  13. Click OK.

  14. On the Service Level Objectives page, click Add, and then click Collection rule SLO to create a new collection rule. This rule will track the performance of the application

  15. Define the performance collection rule as follows:

    1. In the Service level objective name: text box, type a name for the service level objective. For this scenario, type Performance.

    2. Under Targeted class, click Select to open the Select a Target Class dialog box. Specify the target class for the rule from the list of targets in the text box. Note that this class must be contained in the distributed application. For this scenario, select the specific class the rule is targeted to, such as Windows Server 2008 Operating System.

    3. Under Performance collection rule, click Select to open the Select a Rule dialog box. Specify the performance collection rule to use. For this scenario, choose Collect Processor\ % Processor Time performance counter, and then click OK.

    4. Using one of the Aggregation method options, choose one of the following:

      • Average

      • Min

      • Max

    5. Use the Service level objective goal drop-down list to specify either Less than or More than, and enter a value in the adjacent text box. For this scenario, choose Less Than and 80. This indicates that the performance goal is to never exceed 80% processor time.

    6. Click OK.

  16. On the Service Level Objectives page, click Next.

  17. On the Summary page, review the settings, and then click Finish.

  18. When the Completion page appears, click Close.

After you create a service level objective, you can monitor it by using a Service Level Tracking dashboard view and the Service Level Tracking Report.

See Also

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For additional resources, see Information and Support for System Center 2012.

Tip: Use this query to find online documentation in the TechNet Library for System Center 2012. For instructions and examples, see Search the System Center 2012 Documentation Library.
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