The policy workspace allows you to quickly create and modify policies. To create a policy, you can inherit the settings from an existing policy, and you can modify the settings in existing policies if you have adequate permissions. After you create a policy, or edit an existing policy, you can apply the policy to one or more groups of objects.

Every policy includes a set of packages, and uses the defined problems, symptoms, metrics, and properties in those packages to apply to specific object groups in your environment. You can view details for the settings inherited from the base policy, and display specific settings for certain object types. You can override the settings of other policies, and include additional policy settings to apply to object types. For example, a critical production policy includes settings to track use, available resources and the time remaining on them, resource demands on the object group that determine how much stress is applied, and reclaimable capacity amounts for CPU, disk I/O, and network I/O.

Use the Add and Edit options to create policies and edit existing policies.

To create and modify policies, in the menu, click Administration, and then in the left pane click Policies. Click the Policy Library tab, and click the Add New Policy icon to add a policy or click the Edit Selected Policy icon to edit a policy. The policy workspace is where you select the base policies, and customize and override the settings for analysis, metrics, properties, alert definitions, and symptom definitions. In this workspace, you can apply the policy to object groups.

To remove a policy from the list, select the policy and click the red X.

The policy workspace includes a step-by-step workflow to create and edit a policy, and apply the policy to custom object groups.

When you create a policy, you must give the policy a meaningful name and description so that users know the purpose of the policy.

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.

You can filter the object types, and modify the settings for those object types so that vRealize Operations Manager applies these settings. The data that you expect then appears in the dashboards and views.

You can set the workload automation options for your policy, so that vRealize Operations Manager can balance the workload in your environment per your definition.

You can select the attribute type to include in your policy so that vRealize Operations Manager can collect data from the objects in your environment. Attribute types include metrics, properties, and super metrics. You enable or disable each metric, and determine whether to inherit the metrics from base policies that you selected in the workspace.

You can enable or disable alert and symptom definitions to have vRealize Operations Manager identify problems on objects in your environment and trigger alerts when conditions occur that qualify as problems. You can automate alerts.

Custom profiles show how many more of a specified object can fit in your environment depending on the available capacity and object configuration. You can enable or disable custom profiles for your policy.

You can assign your local policy to one or more groups of objects to have VMware vRealize Operations Manager analyze those objects according to the settings in your policy, trigger alerts when the defined threshold levels are violated, and display the results in your dashboards, views, and reports.