Feature Idea: Disable Policies in New Alerts via API


I have found that this question has been asked before, but I have discovered that the disabling of alert policies is not supported. So I have added my voice to a feature request, but I still need to find a solution for this before moving over to the new alerts system.

So looking here, I saw that:
“It is also possible to disable conditions in the new Alerts systems by changing the “enabled”: option to “false””.

So this is what I have been trying to do. I need to call the NR API from a cURL call that will be handed over to a trusted third party to bake into one of their scripts. So I thought something like this would work:

"condition": {
	"id": 506588,
	"type": "servers_metric",
	"name": "CPU % (High)",
	"enabled": false,
	"entities": [

But this does not work… the response is asking me for a load of information that may change… surely with a condition id it should be possible to disable it without passing in the following:

	  "error": {
	    "title": "Metric can't be blank. Metric must be one of the following: `cpu_percentage`, `disk_io_percentage`, `memory_percentage`, `fullest_disk_percentage`, `load_average_one_minute`, `user_defined`. Terms can't be blank."

Otherwise the payload is quite large just to flick a disable/enable switch. So is there a simple way to disable/enable policies/conditions with the API?

Thanks in advance,


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Hi @stephen_barton,

Unfortunately the Alerts Conditions API endpoint does not accept empty or missing fields in the PUT request. However you can obtain the current configuration for the condition using a GET request, and then copy that output into your script, changing enabled to false. This doc goes through this process in detail: https://docs.newrelic.com/docs/alerts/rest-api-alerts/new-relic-alerts-rest-api/disable-enable-alerts-conditions-using-api



This is disappointing. In an effort to automate the disabling of alert conditions (or better still policies) a manual copy/paste or a heavily scripted step is now required. I need to turn off maybe 10 alert policies for our server upgrades, which is about 70 alert conditions. That is a lot of additional GET requests and JSON parsing to do such a simple thing.
This is not progress and will probably mean that there will be a lot more noise (emails, Slack notifications etc) in our environment that were no there in the legacy alert system.

I know it is hard to please all of the people all of the time, but to be able to simply disable alerts via an API is not that unusual a requirement. I would be interested to hear how other people solve this.


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Hi @stephen_barton! I absolutely hear you: it’s a lot of steps, clicks, processes to do one thing. Sorry to hear your frustration and disappointment—you are right, it’s not at all an unusual request.

I will of course leave this thread open to the rest of the community in case there are any handy workarounds I am unaware of.

In the meantime, I have looped in out Alerts Product owner to your use specific case. :thumbsup: Also, I added a poll so that we can collect votes from other customers this may be affecting.

Thanks again for your candor! Please let me know if there is anything else I can do.

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