Groups are containers that can contain any number and type of objects in your environment. VMware Aria Operations collects data from the objects in the group and displays the results in dashboards and views that you define.

How Groups Work

Groups are installed with VMware Aria Operations, created by an adapter, or created by a user. Based on the group criteria, you can use groups to organize your environment and monitor all objects in the group together. You can also assign policies to groups and make group membership dynamic.

For example, if you have a set of vSphere hosts and you do not want to generate alerts when the host goes into maintenance mode, you can put the vSphere hosts in a group and assign a policy that includes a maintenance schedule setting. During the maintenance period, VMware Aria Operations ignores any metrics for those objects and does not generate any alerts. After the maintenance period ends, VMware Aria Operations returns to monitoring the objects and generates alerts if an outage occurs.

Where You Find Custom Groups

From the left menu, click Environment and then, click Custom Groups.

Custom Group Options

Click ADD button to add a group. You can only edit, clone, or delete a user-created group. You cannot modify groups installed with VMware Aria Operations or by an adapter.

You can click the Horizontal Ellipses to import or export the custom group. The Groups data grid displays an overview of the state of each group. You can use the All Filters option to sort the custom groups based on Name, ID, Group Type, and Description columns.

To sort the list of custom groups based on columns, click the column heading of the following columns:
  • Name
  • Health
  • Risk
  • Efficiency
  • Description
  • Members Count
Table 1. Group Data Grid Options
Option Description
Name Select the group name to display a summary of the group. Select to the right of the name to edit, clone, or delete the group.
Summary Criticality of the health, risk, and efficiency of any group. Click a group with a red, orange, or yellow criticality to get more details about potential problems with objects in the group.
Members Count Displays the number of members in the selected group.
Policy Displays the policy associated with the selected group.
Dynamic Membership Displays whether the group is static or dynamic. The available options are true and false.
Defined by Displays who has defined the attributes of the group. The available options are:
  • System
  • User Defined
  • Management Pack