Each policy includes a package of 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.

vRealize Operations Manager uses problems to trigger alerts. A problem manifests when a set of symptoms exists for an object, and requires you to take action on the problem. Alerts indicate problems in your environment. vRealize Operations Manager generates alerts when the collected data for an object is compared to alert definitions for that object type and the defined symptoms are true. When an alert occurs, vRealize Operations Manager presents the triggering symptoms for you to take action.

Some of the alert definitions include predefined symptoms. When you include symptoms in an alert definition, and enable the alert, an alert is generated when the symptoms are true.

The Alert Definitions pane displays the name of the alert, the number of symptoms defined, the adapter, object types such as host or cluster, and whether the alert is enabled as indicated by Local, disabled as indicated by not Local, or inherited. To view a specific set of alerts in the package, you can select the badge type, criticality type, and the state of the alert to filter the view. For example, you can set the policy to send fault alerts for virtual machines.

To modify the policy package of alerts, click Administration in the left pane, click Policies, click the Policy Library tab, and click the plus sign to add a policy or click the pencil to edit a policy. In the Add or Edit Monitoring policy workspace, on the left click Override Alert / Symptom Definitions. The alert definitions and symptom definitions for the selected object types appear in the workspace.

Alert Definitions in the Add or Edit Monitoring Policy Workspace




Select all alert definitions so that you can update their state simultaneously to enable, disable, or inherit them, or deselect all definitions.


Indicates the health, risk, and efficiency badges to which the alerts apply.


Indicates the information, critical, immediate, warning, or automatic criticality types to which the alert definition applies.


Filters the view to enabled, disabled, or inherited alert definitions.

Object Type

Filters the view to an object type to view the alert definitions.

Per Page

The number of alert definitions to list per page.


Locates data in the alert definition list.

Alert Definitions data grid

Displays information about the alert definitions for the object types. The full name for Alert definition and the criticality icon appear in a tooltip when you hover the mouse over the Alert Definition name.

Name. Meaningful name for the alert definition.

Symptom Definitions. Number of symptoms defined for the alert.

Adapter. Data source type for which the alert is defined.

Object Type. Type of object to which the alert applies.

State. Alert definition state, either enabled as indicated by Local, disabled as indicated by not Local, or inherited from the base policy.

If you do not configure this package, the policy inherits the settings from the selected base policy.