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.

vRealize Operations Manager collects data for objects and compares the collected data to the alert definitions and symptom definitions defined for that object type. Alert definitions include associated symptom definitions, which identify conditions on attributes, properties, metrics, and events.

You can configure your local policy to inherit alert definitions from the base policies that you select, or you can override the alert definitions and symptom definitions for your local policy.

Before you add or override the alert definitions and symptom definitions for a policy, familiarize yourself on the available alerts and symptoms.

To view the available alert definitions, in the menu, click Alerts and then in the left pane click Alert Settings > Alert Definitions.

To view the available symptom definitions, in the menu, click Alerts and then in the left pane click Alert Settings > Symptom Definitions. Symptom definitions are available for metrics, properties, messages, faults, smart early warnings, and external events.

A summary of the number of problem and symptoms that are enabled and disabled, and the difference in changes of the problem and symptoms as compared to the base policy, appear in the Analysis Settings pane of the policies workspace.

To override the alert definitions and symptom definitions for your policy, 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. In the Add or Edit Monitoring policy workspace, on the left click Alert / Symptom Definitions. The definitions appear in the workspace.

You can override the alert definitions and symptom definitions for each policy.

Each policy includes alert definitions. Each alert uses a combination of symptoms and recommendations to identify a condition that classifies as a problem, such as failures or high stress. You can enable or disable the alert definitions in your policy, and you can set actions to be automated when an alert triggers.

Each policy includes a package of symptom definitions. Each symptom represents a distinct test condition on a property, metric, or event. You can enable or disable the symptom definitions in your policy.