The alert definition process includes adding symptoms that trigger an alert and recommendations that help you resolve the alert. The alert definitions you create with this process are saved to your vRealize Operations Manager Alert Definition Overview list and actively evaluated in your environment based on your configured policies.

You use the workspace to build alert definitions. As you create the definition, the name, description, base object, and the alert impact. You can create or reuse existing symptoms and recommendations as part of the alert definition. If you create symptoms and recommendations, you add them to the definition, and they are added to the symptom and recommendations content libraries for future use.

To create or edit your alert definitions, select Content > Alert Definition in the left pane. On the Alert Definitions toolbar, click the plus sign to add a definition, or click the pencil to edit the selected definition.

An alert definition is identified by a name and description. The definition comprises a target object type that is monitored for the alert, the badge that the alert affects, the set symptoms that trigger the alert, and the recommendations that might resolve the alert.

The name and description of the alert definition. This is the information that identifies the alert when it is generated in vRealize Operations Manager.

The base object type is the object type on which the alert is generated in vRealize Operations Manager when a symptom condition is found to be true.

The alert impact specifies the urgency of the alert, determines which badge the alert affects, how critical the alert is to the functioning of your environment, and how it is classified when you or the system processes a generated alert.

The add symptom definitions options are the mechanisms you use to add existing symptoms or to create new symptoms for the alert definition. If the symptom that you need for an alert definition does not exist, you can create it from this workspace.

Recommendations are instructions you provide to your user so that they can resolve generated alerts. The recommendations might include actions.