A recovery alert is special type of alert definition that you pair with a properly configured primary alert definition to streamline alert management.

The purpose of a recovery alert is to fire when the condition that fired another alert - the primary alert - is no longer true, and then mark the primary alert fixed and re-enable the primary alert definition. This strategy prevents redundant alerts and automates the task of marking an alert fixed.

You can define a recovery alert for a resource alert, and in vCenter Hyperic, a resource type alert. You cannot and don't need to define a recovery alert for a resource group alert in vCenter Hyperic - recovery alert behavior is automatic for resource group alerts.

To effectively leverage the benefits of recovery alert functionality you need to:

Configure the primary alert definition to fire once when triggered and then disable itself until that fired alert is fixed. This prevents multiple alerts for a single incident.

Configure a recovery alert definition and assign it to the primary alert definition. Make the recovery alert condition the opposite of the primary alert condition. The recovery alert fires when the primary alert condition is no longer true. Upon firing, the recovery alert marks the alert fired by the primary alert "fixed", and re-enables the primarily alert definition, so that if the problem occurs again, the primary alert is again triggered.

Properly configured primary and recovery alert definitions keep users notified of problems without deluging them with alert notifications.

This topic provides instructions for creating a recovery alert definition for a resource type alert.