Managing Contextual Notifications

A contextual notification is a configuration for sending messages, such as an alarm or event rule. Each message is sent to subscriptions in the specified topic. Contextual notifications are available for compute instances.

This feature is available in the Console only.

Contextual Notifications

For administrators: To set up contextual notifications for an instance, use the following policy.

allow group ContextualNotificationsUsers to manage alarms in tenancy
allow group ContextualNotificationsUsers to read metrics in tenancy
allow group ContextualNotificationsUsers to manage ons-topics in tenancy
allow group ContextualNotificationsUsers to manage cloudevents-rules in tenancy


These steps show how to set up a contextual notification for an instance, for the first time.
  1. Open the navigation menu and click Compute. Under Compute, click Instances.
  2. Click the instance that you're interested in.
  3. Click the Notifications tab.

    When no notifications exist for the instance, the Notifications tab lists quick start templates.

    An example quick start template allows you to set up notifications for high CPU usage.

  4. Click the quick start template that you want.
  5. In the Create Notification panel, scroll down to Topics and Subscriptions.

    A new topic is automatically set up for you to add contact information to.

  6. Contact Information: Add at least one entry for where you want to receive messages.
    • Email: Enter an email address.

    • Slack: Enter a Slack endpoint.

      Endpoint format:<webhook-token>
    • SMS (for cell phone text messages): Enter a phone number.
  7. (Optional) Modify the default settings listed above Topic and Subscriptions.

    For example, change the event type or alarm severity.

  8. Click Create Notification.
  9. Confirm the new subscriptions if needed.
    For more information, see Confirming a Subscription.

Messages are sent to the contact information entries whenever the condition of the notification is satisfied.