This topic explains how to define an resource type alert.

A resource type alert is applied to all resources of the specific type that currently exist and new resources of the type that get created in the future. Only administrators can create resource type alerts.


Select the target resource type.


Click Administration in the masthead.


Click Monitoring Defaults in Server Settings section of the page.


On the Monitoring Defaults Configuration page, click Edit Alerts for the resource type for which you want to define an alert.

The Monitoring Defaults page will display any alert definitions already assigned to the alert.


Click New.


Define the alert properties.

Name — Name assigned by the user creating an alert definition. A fired alert is identified, in the user interface and alert notifications, by the alert definition name and a timestamp. An alert definition name should clearly communicate the nature of the problem. For example, Down for an alert on availability, or Low Memory for an alert on free memory.

Description — Description entered by the user creating the alert definition.

Priority — The severity of the problem, as defined by the person creating the alert definition: Low, Medium, or High. A consistent policy for defining an alert definition priority makes it easier to triage problems appropriately. An alert's priority is shown in vCenter Hyperic pages that present alert status and in alert notifications. You can sort alerts by priority in vCenter Hyperic's Alert Center or Operations Center.

Active — The current enabled/disabled status of the alert definition. Alerts only fire for enabled alert definitions. When an alert definition is disabled, Hyperic does not evaluate its condition or fire alerts for it.


Define the Alert Condition set and click OK.

For more information, refer to Understanding Alert Condition Sets.


Define alert actions. For more information, refer to Understanding Alert Actions.

This topic provides information about the structure of a condition set.

This topic provides information about the different aspects of an alert action.