Monitoring tree elements (MTEs) in the Alert Monitor and alerts in the Alert Browser are assigned methods. You can call these methods to investigate the status of an alert. For example, you could analyze a component of the SAP system with an analysis method, integrate additional monitoring functions into the monitoring architecture with data collection methods, and use auto-reaction methods if you want the system to react automatically to an alert.
To be able to start all three method types from the monitor display, you must first activate the maintenance functions. If the maintenance functions are deactivated, you can only start analysis methods. The reason for this is that the manual start of an analysis method is part of the everyday work of an administrator, while the manual start of other methods is only necessary more rarely. Possible scenarios are:
Data collection and auto-reaction methods run in the monitoring architecture either in dialog under the SAPSYS user (which has only very restricted authorizations) or in the background under the user that created the corresponding job. If you start methods manually, these methods run in dialog under your user. The method could therefore behave differently to the way it behaves when started automatically by the monitoring architecture. Therefore, if you want to, for example, test new methods, do not rely solely on the results that you obtain from manual starts of the methods.
Starting a Method from the Alert Monitoring Tree
Starting a Method from the Technical Views
Starting a Method from the Alert Browser