This section lists the steps to create a threshold alert definition for a single device template or across multiple device templates from the VMware Pulse IoT Center UI.

  • Creating an alert definition across multiple device templates: You can create a single alert definition that works across multiple device templates. When you create alert definitions for multiple device templates, ensure that the metrics or properties for the alert definition symptom is common across all the device templates that you have selected.
  • Creating alert definitions for system properties: You can create an alert definition for triggering a threshold alert whenever a system property value meets the alert definition symptom.


You must have the Create Alert Definition permission to perform this operation. For more information about roles and permissions, see Roles and Permissions.


  1. From the VMware Pulse IoT Center UI, go to Alerts and Notifications > Alert Definitions.
    The Alerts - Alert Definitions page is displayed.
  2. Click CREATE.
    The Create Alert Definition wizard is displayed.
  3. In the Details step, enter the following information:
    1. Name - Enter a name and description for your alert.
    2. Description - Enter the alert description.
    3. Severity - Select the severity of the alert:
      The colors to denote the alert severity are:
      • 3 - Info: Blue
      • 2 - Warning: Orange
      • 1 - Critical: Red
    4. Click Next.
  4. To add a device template or multiple device templates in the Templates step:
    1. Click + Add and select a device template from the Choose Template drop-down menu.
    2. Click DONE.
    3. To add multiple device templates, repeat step a and step b.
  5. In the Condition step, add conditions that trigger your alert:
    To set the threshold for triggering alerts, select the THRESHOLD tab and enter the following information:
    1. Under Symptom, select a metric or system property, its condition, and enter the metric value to trigger the alert.
      Note: Since system properties have string values, the allowed conditional operators are = and !=.
    2. From the Trigger Count drop-down menu, select the number of times the condition must be met to trigger the alert.
      Note: For system property based alerts, it is recommended to set the trigger count to 1.
  6. Click Next.
  7. In the Recommendation step, enter the action that the technician or administrator must take when the alert is triggered, and click Next.
  8. In the Notification step, perform the following steps:
    1. To send notifications when an alert is triggered, select Enable Notifications.
    2. From the Select Notification drop-down menu, select the notification to be sent.
  9. Click Next.
  10. In the Review step, review the information that you have provided and click SAVE.


You have successfully created an alert definition.