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Decide when issues are created

To make the most of the info on this page, we recommend understanding the meaning of these terms:

  • Issues. Issues are groups of incidents related to the same underlying problem. When a new incident is created, incident intelligence may open a new issue and evaluates other open issues for possible correlation. See Issues and incident management and response for more information.

  • Incidents. Incidents are events that describe the symptoms affecting your system over time. See View event details for incidents for more information.

  • Conditions. A condition describes a monitored data source and the behavior of that data source that will be considered an incident. See Create conditions for more information.

  • Policies. A policy is a group of one or more conditions. See Manage your policies for more information.

Issues determine when you're notified about incidents disrupting your business. These incidents occur when they meet your alert conditions. For example, you can have alert conditions about CPU overage, synthetic monitoring crashes, or slow web app response times.

When you can control the policy conditions that create issues, you make sure that you're notified about important ongoing or recurring problems. This way you won't be bombarded with unnecessary notifications and avoid noise.

Learn how to set issue preferences by your policy, condition, or condition and signal combination.

Select your issue preference

By default, a single issue record is created for each policy.

To change the issue preference for the selected policy:

  1. Go to one.newrelic.com > All capabilities > Alerts > Alert Policies.

  2. Select a policy.

    Go to one.newrelic.com > All capabilities > Alerts > Alert Policies > (select a policy). The selected policy page shows how rolls up issues for alert notifications and UI details. The default option is One issue per policy. To choose a different option for this policy, click Issue creation preference.

  3. Modify the Issue creation preference, select your choice of available options, and then Save.

Repeat these steps for each policy as needed.

Critical and warning incidents

Choose from two threshold types when a policy condition is met:

  • Critical (red)
  • Warning (yellow)

When a policy condition breaches a threshold, an incident is opened and an issue record can be created with detailed information to help you respond efficiently. The issue record may also include any other incidents occurring after the opening incident.

Notifications are sent to every notification channel on the policy as well as all destinations on any workflow that is properly configured when an issue opens, if and when an issue is acknowledged, and when an issue closes.

Issue preference options

Each issue preference option has its own advantages. You can select any preference for any policy.

Issue preference

Description

Advantages

One issue per policy (default)

Only one issue will be open at a time for the entire policy.

  • Fewest number of notifications
  • Requires immediate action and closing the issues to be effective

One issue per condition

One issue will be open at a time for each condition in your policy.

  • More notifications
  • Useful for policies containing conditions that focus on entities that perform the same job; for example, hosts that all serve the same application(s)

One issue per condition and signal

This option groups the incidents sharing the same condition and signal into their own issue.

  • The most notifications
  • Useful if you need a notification about any entity that creates an incident or if you have an external system where you want to send alert notifications

One issue per policy (default)

Choose the One issue per policy preference if your policy and its conditions have a focused scope, like monitoring one entity.

If additional conditions open incidents after the issue opens, the incidents are added to the same issue. You will only see one issue on your Issues & activity page for the selected policy. Learn more about your issue creation preferences.

When you select the default option One issue per policy as your issue preference, it will group all incidents opened by any condition on that policy into the same issue.

One issue per condition

Choose the One issue per condition option when you want an individual issue record to focus on a specific condition. If the policy has multiple conditions, you will see separate issue records for each condition on your Issues & activity page. Learn more about your issue creation preferences.

  • If a signal breaches a condition's threshold, an incident opens and it creates an issue record.
  • If the same signal breaches another condition's threshold, another incident opens and another issue record is created.
  • If additional signals open incidents on the same condition after the issue opens, these incidents are added to the issue record already opened for that condition.

When you select the option One issue per condition as your issue preference, it will group all incidents by any signal for a specific condition into separate issues.

One issue per condition and signal

The One issue per condition and signal option is the most granular level for creating issue records. Choose this issue preference when you want to closely monitor anything that is occurring anywhere across your infrastructure. Learn more about your issue creation preferences.

When you select One issue per condition and signal as your issue preference, it will group incidents sharing the same condition and signal into their own issue. If the same signal on a condition opens another incident after an issue opens (for example, a warning incident may open, followed by a critical incident a short time later on the same signal), that new incident is added to the same issue. You will only see one issue on your Issues & activity page for the selected condition/signal combination.

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