Profiles are very similar to Notification Profiles (Section 4.11.3. Notification Profiles) in terms of configuration and how they work. The main difference is
that a Shared Notification Profile can be configured centrally and then made
available to all Users within a particular Role.
For example, you may
have a team of Network Administrators who are within the Role ‘NetworkAdmins’.
These Users need to be informed via email whenever a CRITICAL error happens on
a Service Check within the ‘Network Devices’ Host group. With Notification
Profiles, you could create their Notification Profiles one by one – this would
be a rather slow process if there are a lot of Users.
Conversely, you could
create a Shared Notification Profile which
you then apply to the Role ‘NetworkAdmins’. With this method, you can modify
the Shared Notification Profile once, and it will cascade down to all Users who
have it applied.
Shared Notification Profiles
are not automatically applied to the
Roles selected; i.e. if you create the above Shared Notification Profile for
the NetworkAdmins Role, by default none of the Users within that Role will have
the Shared Notification Profile applied. An administrator/the User will still
need to go into their profile and select the Shared Notification Profile, to
enable it for the User.