This topic provides instructions for defining a resource group alert.

1

Select a target compatible group.

a

Browse to the compatible group to which the new alert definition will apply.

b

Under the Alert tab, click Configure.

c

Click New to display the New Alert page.

2

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 Hypericpages 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.

3

Define the alert conditions that will cause the alert to fire.

a

Select how many (an absolute number or percentage) of the resources in the group (the number of members is shown) that must satisfy the condition.

b

Select the metric and the comparison value that those resources must satisfy.

c

Click OK.

4

Assign the escalation for the alert.

a

Click Escalation Schemes Configuration on the Administration tab to define an escalation.

The series of notifications defined in the escalation will be performed when an alert is fired. You must define an escalation before you can assign it to an alert definition.