Creating A Google Mashup: Getting Hyperic HQ Alerts On Your Google Page

Objective of this Document

This step-by-step document will guide you in creating a Google Mashup, so that RSS alerts from Hyperic HQ appear on your Google home page. This document is intended for current/ prospective users of Hyperic HQ (either Network administrators or other users who have limited or no experience with HQ). After following the step-by-step instructions in this HOWTO, you should be set up and get your first Hyperic HQ RSS alerts on your Google page.


About Hyperic HQ

Hyperic HQ provides extensive system management coverage that saves time and money when managing your entire web infrastructure. Designed to supply maximum visibility with minimal overhead, Hyperic HQ provides comprehensive monitoring of your business-critical services, enabling your operations and development teams to focus on improving the business rather than monitoring your systems performance. Just one solution manages your entire data center environment:

  • Auto-Discover asset inventory with one click
  • Monitor metrics of 65+ technologies across 9 OSes and 4 architectures
  • Track performance, configuration and security changes
  • Manage availability with alerting and central execution of control actions
  • Extensible plugin kit to easily customize visibility to your unique environment



Hyperic HQ enables users to set alerts for thresholds corresponding to any type of data or combinations of data. Alerts may be sent via email, SMS, or RSS feed. When viewing an alert, whether in the Alert Center in the top navigation, email, RSS, or the recent alerts portlet on the dashboard, you can see what threshold was passed, what the actual value is at that moment, and well as a link for acknowledging the alert to let others know that you are taking action.
As an example of HQ's alerting system, you can define an alert to fire when the JVM Idle Memory drops below 128MB, letting you take timely action, if needed. Furthermore, you can pair data types together for really powerful alerting. In this example, you can couple the JVM idle memory trigger above with any other metrics for that resource, such as CPU load, memory usage, etc. You can set the alert to fire when all or one of multiple triggers is thrown.


Getting Started

Step1: Login to your Hyperic HQ and look for RSS feeds in the dashboard. Select one of the RSS feed icons that you want to add to your Google homepage (for example: Recent Alerts).

(After you select the 'Recent Alerts' RSS feed, the screen below will appear, asking whether you want to add the selected feed to your Google homepage or Google Reader.)

Step2: Click on the button Add to Google homepage.

After you click on the 'Add to Google homepage' button, you will be directed to the google homepage. You should now see the selected RSS feed (Recent Alerts) on your Google homepage.

Step3: To add other Hyperic HQ RSS feeds to your Google homepage, repeat Step 1 to Step 3 above.

We will now show you how to get your Hyperic HQ Recent Alerts to your customized Google page.

Step 4: Go to your Google homepage (

Step5: Click on Add Tab to create a separate section for Hyperic Alerts and give the Tab a name, for example, 'Hyperic Alerts'.

Step 6: You will need to provide the URLs for the different RSS feeds from Hyperic HQ. Click on Add Stuff to specify the URLs for the different RSS feeds from Hyperic HQ.

Step 7: Click on Add RSS Feed to add the URL for the Hyperic HQ Favorite Resources RSS feed.

When you click on the Add RSS feed button, a box will appear where you can specify the URL for the RSS feed. At the top of your Google homepage, the URL for the RSS feed will appear. Go to your Google homepage, and copy the URL for the RSS fee that you had just added.

Paste the URL into Add Feeds section as below.

Step 8: To add the URLs for all the Hyperic HQ RSS feeds that you want to see on your iGoogle page, repeat Step 4 to Step 7 for each Hyperic HQ RSS feed. After you are done, click on Back to iGoogle home. In this example, we have added the RSS feeds for Favorite Resources, Recent Alerts, Recent Control Actions, and Problem Resources. When we click on Back to iGoogle home, we are directed back to the iGoogle homepage.

As you can see on the iGoogle home page below, we can see all of the Hyperic RSS feeds - Recent Alerts, Recent Control Actions, Problem Resources, and Favorite Resources.



Google homepage: page after you sign in.

iGoogle: This is a personalized Google homepage. You can customize this page to display various types of content using "gadgets". The gadgets can consist of many types of content including RSS feeds, Email, Photos, YouTube videos, etc.

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