Defining a Rule

After creating one or more plans, you have to create rules. Each rule will have a plan assigned that will be assigned to the user session when the condition of the rule is met.

To define a rule, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Rules tab
  2. Click New.
Resource Manager: creating a new rule

Resource Manager: creating a new rule

  1. Enter a name and optionally, a description for the new rule.

  2. If you want this rule to be applied to all the user sessions, select Always. However, you usually want to add a condition to decide if you want to apply the plan to the queries of a session. To do this, select Specify condition. In this case, enter a condition based on the attributes of the user’s session.

    For example, if the condition is user_agent='reports application', the Resource Manager will apply the plan to the sessions opened by clients whose property user agent is “reports application”. The section Setting the User Agent of an Application explains how clients can set the property “user agent” when opening a connection.

    To create a condition based on the roles granted to the user that opens the connection to Virtual DataPort, use the attribute “(roles).value”. A condition “(roles).value = <role name>” is true if at least one of the roles assigned to the user is <role name>.

    The appendix Resource Manager: Available Fields to Evaluate a Rule lists all the fields you can use in these conditions.

  3. In the list Plan name, select the plan that will be applied to the user session when the condition above is met.

  4. Click Ok to create the rule.

The conditions of the plans are evaluated in the order they are listed in the “Rules” dialog, from top to bottom. When the condition of a rule is met, the Resource Manager assigns the plan of the rule to the user session and stops evaluating more rules.

To change the order in which the Resource Manager evaluates the rules’ conditions, select a rule and click the buttons image1 or image2 to move the rule up or down.

For example, let us say that you define two rules:

  • Rule A with the condition “user_name = acme”
  • Rule B with the condition “access_interface = JDBC”

If a JDBC application connects to Virtual DataPort with the user name “acme”, the Resource Manager will assign the plan of the rule A. That is because rule A is the first one found in the list of rules that meets the condition, even if the user session meets the condition of the rule B.

If a session does not meet the condition of any rule, the Resource Manager will not assign any plan to the user session.