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Overview of Downtime Concepts in Opsview Monitor

This section explains the concept of Downtime; a mechanism within Opsview Monitor that allows you to tell the Opsview Monitor software about scheduled outages, i.e. a planned maintenance window.

After reading the User Guide, users should be able to create their own downtime periods and apply them to Host Groups, Hosts, Service Checks and more within the Opsview Monitor system.


Downtime is a period of time that is entered by a User of the Opsview Monitor software, and applied to a range of objects such as Service Checks, Hosts and more. This downtime period is known within the IT industry by many names, including “maintenance window” or “maintenance period”.

Scheduling downtime within Opsview Monitor tells the software to expect outages and to expect to encounter problems with the monitored Hosts, Service Checks and more. When the downtime period becomes active, i.e. the start date/time has passed and the end date/time has not been arrived at, then all objects that have the downtime applied will be automatically converted to a state of ‘handled’ – thus suppressing notifications. In layman’s terms, this means you will not get notified that a Host has gone DOWN, for example, if you have told Opsview Monitor you will be taking it offline.

In order to have the ability to schedule downtime, your User within Opsview Monitor must be in a Role which has the ‘DOWNTIMESOME’ access control option checked.