The SMTP agent included with vCenter Server can be used to send email notifications when alarms are triggered on vCenter Server. When an alarm is triggered, any number of email notification are sent. You define the recipient list when you set up the alarm actions for an alarm.

SMTP Email Notification Details describes the information provided in the body of an SMTP notification.

SMTP Email Notification Details

Email Entry



Object for which the alarm was triggered.

Old Status

Previous alarm status. Applies only to state triggers.

New Status

Current alarm status. Applies only to state triggers.

Metric Value

Threshold value that triggered the alarm. Applies only to metric condition triggers.

Alarm Definition

Alarm definition in vCenter Server, including the alarm name and status.


Localized string containing a summary of the alarm. For example:

Alarm New_Alarm on changed from Gray to Red.

If the alarm was triggered by an event, the information in Event Details in Email is also included in the body of the email.

Event Details in Email



Event Details

VMODL event type name.


Alarm summary, including the event type, alarm name, and target object.


Time and date the alarm was triggered.


Person who initiated the action that caused the event to be created. Events caused by an internal system activity do not have a UserName value.


Host on which the alarm was triggered.

Resource Pool

Resource pool on which the alarm was triggered.


Datacenter on which the alarm was triggered.


Arguments passed with the alarm and their values.


If you configured SMTP settings in Microsoft Outlook Express, you do not need to configure them for vCenter Server.