The Policy Library tab displays the base settings, default policy, and other best practice policies that vRealize Operations Cloud includes. You can use the library policies to create your own policies. The policy library includes all the configurable settings for the policy elements, such as workload, capacity and time remaining, and so on.

How the Policy Library Works

Use the options on the Policy Library tab to create your own policy from an existing policy, or to override the settings from an existing policy so that you can apply the new settings to groups of objects. You can also import and export a policy.

To display the details for a selected policy, click the split bar to expand the pane. The Details and Related Items tabs and options for the policy appear in the lower pane. On the Related Items tab, you can also apply the selected policy to object groups.

When you add or edit a policy, you access the policy workspace where you select the base policies and override the settings for analysis, metrics, properties, alert definitions, and symptom definitions. In this workspace, you can also apply the policy to object groups. To update the policy association with an object group, the role assigned to your user account must have the Manage Association permission enabled for policy management.

Where You Manage the Policy Library

To manage the policy library, in the menu, click Administration, and then in the left pane click Policies. The Policy Library tab appears and lists the policies available to use for your environment.

Table 1. Policy Library Tab Options
Option Description


Use the toolbar selections to take action in the policy library.
  • Add New Policy. Create a policy from an existing policy.
  • Edit Selected Policy. Customize the policy so that you can override settings for vRealize Operations Cloud to analyze and report data about the associated objects.
  • Set Default Policy. You can set any policy to be the default policy, which applies the settings in that policy to all objects that do not have a policy applied. When you set a policy to be the default policy, the priority is set to D, which gives that policy the highest priority.

  • Import Policy and Export Policy. You can import or export a policy in XML format. To import or export a policy, the role assigned to your user account must have the Import or Export permissions enabled for policy management.
  • Delete Selected Policy. Remove a policy from the list.

Policy Library Tab data grid

vRealize Operations Cloud displays the high-level details for the policies.
  • Name. Name of the policy as it appears in the Add or Edit Monitoring Policy wizard, and in areas where the policy applies to objects, such as in Custom Groups.

  • Description. Meaningful description of the policy, such as which policy is inherited, and any specific information users need to understand the relationship of the policy to one or more groups of objects.

  • Last Modified. Date and time that the policy was last modified.

  • Modified By. User who last modified the policy settings.

Policy Library Tab > Details Tab

The Details tab displays the name and description of the policy from which the settings are inherited, the policy priority, who last modified the policy, and the number of object groups associated with the policy. From the Details tab, you can view the settings that are locally defined in your policy, and the complete group of settings that include both customized settings and the settings inherited from the base policies selected when the policy was created.
  • Locally Defined Settings. Displays the locally changed policy element settings for each object type in the policy.
  • Complete Settings Including Inherited. Displays all of the policy element settings for each object type in the policy, including locally changed settings and settings that are inherited. A summary of the enabled and disabled alert definitions, symptom definitions, and attributes appear indicate the number of changes in the policy. The policy element settings include symptom thresholds, and indicate changes made to the Workload, Capacity Remaining, and Time Remaining settings.

Related Objects Tab

Summarizes the related groups and objects, and details about the selected object group and objects.
  • Groups. Displays the groups of objects associated with the selected active policy, and provides options to add and release an association.
    • Add Association. Opens the Apply the policy to groups dialog box where you select object groups to associate with the selected policy.
    • Release Association. Opens a confirmation dialog box to confirm the release of the object group that is associated with the selected policy.
    • Data grid. Displays the groups assigned to this policy, the object types associated with the group, and the number of objects in the group.
    • Details for the selected object group. Displays the object group name, type, and number of members associated with the selected policy, and the type of association with the policy. An object group can have a direct association with a policy, and inherited policy associations based on the base policies that you selected when you created a local policy. For example, if the Base Settings policy appears in the list, with an inherited association, the Base Settings policy was included in the base policies selected when this policy was created.
  • Affected Objects. Displays the names of the objects in your environment, their object types, and associated adapters. When a parent group exists for an object, it appears in this data grid.