You can specify actions that the system performs when the alarm is triggered or changes status. You can enable and disable alarms and alarm actions independently of each other.

Before you begin

Launch the vSphere Client and log in to a vCenter Server system.

Open the Actions tab of the Alarm Settings dialog box.

Ensure the vCenter Server is properly configured to use SNMP email or trap notifications as an alarm action.

Required Privilege: Alarms > Create alarm or Alarms > Modify alarm

Procedure

  1. Select the action that you want to change or click Add to add one.
  2. Click in the Action column and select an option from the drop-down menu.
  3. Click in the Configuration column and enter configuration information for those actions that require additional information:

    Option

    Action

    Send a notification email

    Enter email addresses, separated by a comma, and press Enter.

    Migrate a VM

    Complete the Migrate Virtual Machine wizard .

    Run a command

    Take one of the following actions and press Enter:

    • If the command is a .exe file, enter the full path name of the command and include any parameters. For example, to run the cmd.exe command in the C:\tools directory, with the alarmName and targetName parameters, type: c:\tools\cmd.exe alarmName targetName

    • If the command is a .bat file, enter the full path name of the command as an argument to the c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe command. Include any parameters. For example, to run the cmd.bat command in the C:\tools directory, with the alarmName and targetName parameters, type: c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe /c c:\tools\cmd.bat alarmName targetName

      For .bat files, the command and its parameters must be formatted into one string.

  4. (Optional) : For each alarm status change column, specify whether the alarm should be triggered when the alarm status changes.

    Some actions do not support re-triggering on alarm status change.

  5. For repeat actions, enter the time interval for the repetition in Repeat After.

What to do next

Click OK to save the alarm definition and exit the dialog box, or navigate to a different tab to make further changes.