Management-zone rules

Management zones comprise one or more rules that define and limit the entities or dimensional data (such as metrics) that can be accessed within the management zone.

When you select a management zone in Settings > Preferences > Management zones, all configured rules are displayed. You can Disable/Enable individual rules.

Management-zone rules

Add a rule

  1. Select/create a management zone and then select Add a new rule.

  2. Select the entity to which the rule should apply (Rule applies to), for example, Web applications. Select an entity


    To provide access to an ingested metric, select the Dimensional data entity of type METRIC (see Examples). Note that the ability to access dimensional log data within a management zone will be available in a future release.

  3. Where available, select properties to filter the entity. For example, you can select Services (entity) matching a specific process group, host group, service type, technology, and service topology (properties). Management-zone rule for services

  4. Each entity can be defined and limited by several different conditions. Choose the Conditions, for example, you can specify that the Web application name begins with a specified string.

    Rule conditions

  5. Specify a value for the condition—enter a text string and specify whether it is Case sensitive. You can enter up to 80 characters; wildcard characters are not allowed; regular expressions are allowed in the contains regex and does not contain regex condition operators.

  6. Select Add condition to add another condition (or Remove condition to remove a condition) as required.


    • You must define at least one condition or property for the selected entity.
    • Conditions are applied using the AND logic—all conditions must be met in order for the rule to apply to an entity.
  7. For some entities, you can propagate access to related topological entities without creating an extra rule. For example, select the appropriate check boxes to include access to underlying hosts and process groups when defining a management-zone rule for Services.

    Include related entities

  8. Select Preview to see matching entities that were active and online in the last 72 hours. (Of course, when you actually apply the management zone, all entities matching the rules for the given timeframe will be displayed.)

    Rule preview

    Select the highlighted tabs (Application Entity in the image above) to see the Matching entities.

  9. Create rule and then Save changes.

How management-zone rules are applied

  • Rules are applied using the OR logic—any rule must apply for an entity to be included in a management zone.

  • When creating rules for some entities, you can propagate access to related topological entities without creating an extra rule. For example, when creating a rule for services, you can opt to add underlying hosts and process groups. The rule preview below shows included hosts and processes when you select the respective options.

    Management-zone rule for services

    In other cases, the propagation of access to related topological entities is implicit. For example, when you grant access to a host in a management zone, any custom metrics ingested via that host are also accessible within the management zone. Note that this doesn’t automatically include all measurements of those custom metrics but only those measurements that were sent in for your host.

    In cases where such propagation is not available, you need to explicitly create rules for the entities you wish to add to a management zone. For example, a management-zone rule that applies to Host groups does not automatically grant access to the hosts within those groups; you must explicitly add rules for the Hosts you wish to include in the management zone, as shown in Examples below.