As a virtual infrastructure administrator, you are responsible for host systems and virtual machines in your environment. To ensure the compliance of your host systems, you create a compliance standard based on an alert definition to notify you when SSH is not running or if the host version is not 5.5.

In vRealize Operations Manager you can configure an alert definition to act as a compliance standard. Any alert definition that you configure with a compliance subtype appears on the Compliance tab.

For most alert definitions, the best practice is to avoid adding too many symptoms to the definition. When you create an alert definition as a compliance standard, you add all the relevant symptom definitions to the standard. Each symptom is a rule in the standards.

In this scenario, only two symptoms are added to the alert definition.


To create an alert definition that is also a compliance standard, you first configure the name, base object type, and the alert impact.


You add symptoms and recommendations to the alert definition so that when the host system compliance alert is generated, the symptoms appear a rules on the Compliance tab.