Creating an alarm involves setting up general alarm settings, alarm triggers, trigger reporting, and alarm actions.

Required Privilege: Alarms.Create Alarm

You create an alarm by using the Alarm Settings dialog box. You can open this dialog box by selecting the object in the inventory and using any of the following methods.

Select File > New > Alarm.

Select Inventory > <object_type> > Alarm > Add Alarm.

Right-click the object and select Alarm >

Add Alarm.

In the Alarms tab, click the Definitions tab, right-click in the pane, and select New > Alarm.

Select the object in the inventory and press Ctrl+A.

To set up an alarm on an object, the vSphere Client must be connected to a vCenter Server system. In addition, you must have proper user permissions on all relevant objects to create alarms. After an alarm is created, it will be enabled even if the user who created it no longer has permissions.


Use the General tab of the Alarm Settings dialog box to set up general alarm information, such as the alarm name, description, monitoring type, and status.


In the Alarm Settings dialog box, use the Triggers tab to add, edit, or remove alarm triggers. The procedure for setting up triggers depends on whether you are setting the trigger for a condition or state or for an event.


In the Alarm Settings dialog box, use the Reporting tab to define a tolerance range and trigger frequency for condition or state triggers. Reporting further restricts when the trigger occurs.