Notification rules determine what alerts are sent to the target systems. You configure one or more notification rules to limit the data sent to systems or recipients by vRealize Operations Manager.

The notification rules are filters that limit the data sent to external systems for supported, configured, and running outbound alert plug-ins. For example, rather than sending all alerts to all your email recipients, you use the rules to send Health alerts for virtual machines to one or more of your network operations engineers and critical alerts for selected hosts and clusters to the virtual infrastructure administrator for those objects.

The outbound alert plug-in instances must be configured before you can create and manage your notification rules.

You can configure one filtering option, or you can configure as many as you need so that only the required data is sent to the target external system.

To manage your notifications, select Content in the left pane, and click Notifications. On the toolbar, click the plus sign to add a rule, or select a rule and click the pencil to edit the exiting rule.

Notification Rule Configuration Options




Name of the rule that you use to manage the rule instance.


Includes plug-in type, plug-in instance. If you are configuring notifications for standard email, you can add recipients and associated information.

Plug-In Type. Select one of the configured outbound alert plug-in types.

Instance. Select the configured instance for the plug-in type.

Recipients. (Standard Email Plug-In only) Type the email addresses of the individuals to whom you are sending email messages that contain alert notifications. If you are sending to more than one recipient, use a semicolon (;) between addresses.

Notify again. (Standard Email Plug-In only) Number of minutes between notifications messages for active alerts. Leave the field empty to send only one message per alert.

Max Notifications. (Standard Email Plug-In only) Number of times to send the notification for the active alert. Leave the field empty to send only one message per alert.

Delay to notify. (Standard Email Plug-In only) Number of minutes to delay before sending a notification when a new alert is generated. For example, if the delay is 10 minutes and an new alert is generated, the notification is not sent for 10 minutes. If the alert is canceled in those 10 minutes, the notification is not sent. This reduces the number of notifications for alerts that are canceled in a short period of time.

Description. Type the text to include in the email message. For example, Attention Host Management team.


General object type for which you are filtering the alert notifications.

After you select the type, you select the specific instance.

For example, if you select Object, you then select the specific object by name and determine whether to include any child objects.

Notification Trigger

Alert type and subtypes, impact, or definition that triggers the alert.

After you select the trigger type, you configure the specific option associated with the trigger type.

For example, if you select Alert Definition, you then select the alert definition that limits the data to alerts with this definition.


Defined criticality of the alert that results in the data being sent to an external system.

For example, if you select Critical, then the data that is sent to the external system must also be labeled as critical.

Alert States

Managed state of the alert.

Possible values include Opened, Assigned, Suspended, or Suppressed.

Alert Status

Current state of the alert.

Possible values include New, Update, Cancel, Active.


Configured collectors in your environment.

For example, in an environment where you manage multiple vCenter Server instances, you can select a collector for one instance.