Icons and Format Strings


This guide includes other supplemental information that you need to know about Active Console.

Icons and colours

Active Console uses icons and colour to convey information about the state of the system to the user in a simple and effective manner. The following icons are used throughout the application to represent the data items:

Data item icons

Data item Example icons


Managed Entities



Managed Variables


Colours and severity status

The colour of icons that represent directory components changes depending on the component's severity, snooze status, and any rules which are currently active.

The following colours are used throughout the application:

Colour Severity status Description

No rules are triggered on this component or its children, but a rule can still exist. The severity is Undefined.


A rule is currently triggered that tells the system that the directory component and its children are OK.

This colour overrides Grey.


A rule is triggered that tells the system that the directory component or one of its children is in a Warning state.

This colour overrides Green.


A rule is triggered that tells the system that the directory component or one of its children is in a Critical state.

This colour overrides Amber.

Blue This colour is only applicable to data items as mentioned in Data item icons. A rule is triggered that sets the cell to inactive or outside active time.

Note: On Windows, the Active Console icon does not reflect the worst case severity in taskbar if you create a desktop icon or shortcut for Active Console, or pin the Active Console application to the taskbar. This limitation occurs when the Windows setting in Taskbar > Combine taskbar buttons is set to Always, hide labels.

As a workaround, you can set the Combine taskbar buttons setting to either When taskbar is full or Never.

Error icons

The data items shows the following error icons:

Icon Description


Data item where this is published from is disconnected.


Item has a general error. More information is available through its Properties dialog.


Geneoscomponents (Gateway or Netprobe) on which the data item sits (or is published from) is unreachable. Usually, this means that the host on which the component runs is unreachable.

No Licence

Component's licence is expired.


Connection to this item is rejected.


Connection to this item is temporarily suspended.


Waiting for a response from the data item.

Visual indicators

Icons are used in Active Console to represent both the function and the state of data items:

Icon Description


Data item itself is snoozed.

No Samplers

Connected managed entity has no samplers.


Data item is inactive.

Knowledge Base

Item has one or more knowledge base entries.

Inactive Children

Item contains one or more children that are inactive.

Assigned User

Item is assigned to a user.

Snooze Child

Data item has one or more descendants that are snoozed.

Snooze Parent

Data item has one or more ancestors that are snoozed.

Snooze Child/Parent

Data item has snoozed ancestors and descendants.
Data item is logged to the database, but the Gateway is not connected to the database.

Geneos component error

One or more Geneos components (Gateway or Netprobe) under the data item have an error, which means it is not connected.
Error icons related to disconnection, suspension, and licence expired.

Probe suspended

Probe is suspended.

Log to database

Data item is logging to database.

Load Monitoring

Identifies which Gateway feature is using the most processing time in the gathered statistical sample.

Gateway Hub

Indicates that the Gateway is utilising Gateway Hub.

If your Gateway is configured to publish data to Gateway Hub, the icon is displayed on the Gateway level and the dataview level (only on the views that are published).

If your Gateway is using centralised configuration, the icon is displayed at the Gateway level.

For more information, see Gateway Hub.

Inactive dataview Indicates that the metric tables are inactive. Therefore, the dataview stops showing any data items.

Format strings

This section shows you the text and format parameters for the date and number strings that can be used when configuring the Active Console.

Date format strings

Some data items and fields use formatted strings to specify dates. You can use these tokens:

Type Token Example
Short Year yy 02
Long Year yyyy 2002
Short Month M 1
Month MM 01
Short named month MMM Jan
Long named month MMMM January
Short Day d 0
Day dd 09
Short named day E Wed
Full named day EEEE Wednesday
Hour HH  
Minute mm  
Second ss  
Time zone Z  

Examples of token patterns and the display on the X-Axis, based on the 1 January 2002, at 12.34 and 23 seconds.

Pattern Example
HH:mm:ss 12:34:23
EEEE HH.mm Wednesday 12.34
MM yyyy 01 2002
HH:mm ss (MMMM yyyy) 12:34 23 (January 2002)

Number format strings

Some data items and fields allow you to format numbers. When you specify a pattern string, which takes the form used in the Java class DecimalFormat, these pattern strings give a huge amount of flexibility in the number format that can be produced, but are not immediately understandable if you are not familiar with the DecimalFormat class. You can use these number format strings:

Pattern Unformatted Number Formatted Number Comments
000000 -1234.567 -001235 The 0 symbol shows a digit, or 0 if no digit is present; notice that the number was rounded up.
## -1234.567 -1235 The # symbol shows a digit, or nothing if no digit is present.
## 0 0  
##00 0 00  
.00 -.567 -.57 The . symbol indicates the decimal point.
0.00 -.567 -0.57  
#.# -1234.567 -1234.6  
#.###### -1234.567 -1234.567  
.###### -1234.567 -1234.567  
#.000000 -1234.567 -1234.567000  
#,###,### -1234.567 -1,235 The , symbol is used to group numbers.
#,###,### -1234567.890 -1,234,568  
#;(#) -1234.567


The ; symbol is used to specify an alternate pattern for negative values
'#'# -1234.567 -#1235 The ' symbol is used to quote literal symbols
'abc'# -1234.567 -abc1235  
#.######% -1234.567 -123456.7% The % symbol (as a prefix or suffix) multiplies the value by 100 and shows it as a percentage

There are even more pattern symbols and options available than those demonstrated in the examples above. If you want to find further options, you may look for documentation on the Java class DecimalFormat.