You can monitor inventory objects by setting alarms on them. Setting an alarm involves selecting the type of inventory object to monitor, defining when and for how long the alarm will trigger, and defining actions that will be performed as a result of the alarm being triggered. You define alarms in the alarm definition wizard under the
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View and Edit Alarm Settings To monitor your environment, you can create and modify alarm definitions in the vSphere Web Client. You can view alarm settings from any object, but you can modify settings only through the object on which the alarm is defined.
Specify Alarm Name, Description, and Type General settings of an alarm definition include alarm name, description, and type. You can also enable and disable the alarm from the general settings page. When you select the alarm type, you also select the type of inventory object and the type of activity (events, or conditions and states) that you want to monitor. The options on the Triggers page change depending on the type of activity that you choose to monitor.
Specify How an Event-Based Alarm is Triggered You can specify the events, states, or conditions that trigger the alarm on the Triggers page of the alarm definition wizard. The alarm type options that you selected determine the options available on the Triggers page. An alarm definition must contain at least one trigger before you can save it.
Specify How a Condition-Based or State-Based Alarm is Triggered You can select and configure the events, states, or conditions that trigger the alarm on the Triggers page of the alarm definition wizard. The options that you choose on the General page of the alarm definition wizard determine the options available on the Triggers page. An alarm definition must contain at least one trigger before you can save it.
Specify Alarm Actions You can define 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.