You can use any of the policies provided with vRealize Operations Manager as a baseline source for your policy settings when you create a new policy. In the policy content area, you can view the packages and elements for the base policy and additional policies that you selected to override the settings, and compare the differences in settings highlighted between these policies. You select the settings and objects types to display.

To create a policy, select a base policy from which your new custom policy inherits settings. To override some of the settings in the base policy according to the requirements for the service level agreement for your environment, you can select and apply a separate policy for a management pack solution. The override policy includes specific settings defined for the types of objects to override, either manually or that an adapter provides when it is integrated with vRealize Operations Manager. The settings in the override policy overwrite the settings in the base policy that you selected.

When you select and apply a policy in the left pane to use to overwrite the settings that your policy inherits from the base policy, the policy that you select appears in the applied policy history list in the right pane.

The right pane displays tabs for the inherited policy configuration, and your policy, and displays a preview of the selected policy tab in the Policy Preview pane. When you select one of the policy tabs, you can view the number of enabled and disabled alert definitions, symptom definitions, metrics and properties, and the number of enabled and disabled changes.

In the right pane, you select the objects to view so that you can see which policy elements apply to the object type. For example, when you select the StorageArray object type, and you click the tab to display the configuration settings for your policy, the Policy Preview pane displays the local packages for the policy and the object group types with the number of policy elements in each group.

You can preview the policy settings for all object types, only the object types that have settings changed locally, or settings for new object types that you add to the list, such as Storage Array storage devices.

To select a base policy to use as a starting point for your own policy, and to select a policy to override one or more settings that your policy inherits from the base policy, select Administration > Policies > Policy Library and click the plus sign to add a policy or click the pencil to edit a policy. In the Add or Edit Monitoring policy workspace, on the left add a name for the policy and click Select Base Policies. The policy configuration, objects, and preview appear in the workspace.

Base Policy and Override Settings in the Add or Edit Monitoring Policy Workspace

Option

Description

Show changes for

Select the objects to view changes.

All object types. Displays the number of enabled and disabled alert definitions, symptom definitions, and metrics and properties, the number of enabled and disabled changes, and the object type groups and the number of local policy elements for each group.

All object types with overrides. Displays the object types that have changes applied, with the objects types selected for override. Use the drop-down menu to select object types. Click the filter button to add the selected object type to the list so that you can preview and configure the settings.

Add settings for new set of objects. Provides a list of the object types so that you can select an object type, such as Storage Devices > SAN, and add the selected object to the Object types list.

Override settings from additional policies

Select and apply one or more policies to override the settings that your policy inherits from the base policy.

Apply

Applies the override policy to your policy, and lists the override policy in the applied policy history.

Applied policy history

Displays the policies that you selected to override the settings in your policy.

Configuration inherited from base policy

When selected, displays a preview of the inherited policy configuration in the Policy Preview pane.

Configuration settings defined in this policy

When selected, displays a preview of your policy configuration in the Policy Preview pane.

Policy Preview

Displays summary information about the local packages and object group types.

Packages (Local). Displays the number of enabled and disabled alert definitions, symptom definitions, metrics and properties, and the number of policy elements for each object group.

Object Type groups. Displays the associated object groups.

Drop down arrows on packages and settings. Displays the packages and settings for the displayed policies.