The Active Policies tab displays the policies associated with groups of objects. You can manage the active policies for the objects in your environment so that you can have vRealize Operations Manager analyze and display specific data about those objects in dashboards, views, and reports.

How the Active Policies Tab Works

Use the Active Policies tab to associate a policy with one or more object groups, and to set the default policy. You can view the locally defined settings for a policy, and the complete list of settings, which includes those that are inherited from the base policies that you select in the Add or Edit Policy workspace. You can assign any policy to be the default policy.

vRealize Operations Manager applies policies in priority order, as they appear on the Active Policies tab. When you establish the priority for your policies, vRealize Operations Manager applies the configured settings in the policies according to the policy rank order to analyze and report on your objects. To change the priority of a policy, you click and drag a policy row. The default policy is always kept at the bottom of the priority list, and the remaining list of active policies starts at priority 1, which indicates the highest priority policy. When you assign an object to be a member of multiple object groups, and you assign a different policy to each object group, vRealize Operations Manager associates the highest ranking policy with that object.

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.

You can use the far right column of the Active Policies tab to reorder and therefore reprioritize the policies by dragging them to a new position. However, even though it seems like you can drag a custom policy below the default policy, you cannot. The default policy is always the last policy in the list after the view is refreshed.

How to Prioritize Policies

To set the policy priority, on the Active Policies tab, click the policy row and drag it to place it at the desired priority in the list. The priority for the Default Policy is always designated with the letter D.

Where You Manage the Active Policies

To manage the active policies, click Administration and click Policies. The Active Policies tab appears and lists the policies that are active for the objects in your environment.

Table 1. Active Policies Tab Options

Option

Description

Toolbar

Use the toolbar selections to take action on the active policies.

  • Add Association. Opens the Related Items tab so that you can associate the policy with groups.

  • 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.

Active Policies Tab data grid

vRealize Operations Manager displays the priority and high-level details for the active policies.

  • Priority. Ranking of the priority of the policy. The default policy is marked with a check mark in the Is Default column.

  • 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.

  • Groups. Indicates the number of object groups to which the policy is assigned.

  • Affected Objects. Displays the object name, type, and adapter to which the active policy is assigned, and the direct parent group, when applicable.

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

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

Active Policies 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. For example, if you changed the Memory Demand settings in the Cluster Compute Object Stress policy element, you can see the update to your local policy in the list of locally defined settings.

  • 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 badge score symptom thresholds, and indicate changes made to the Workload, Anomaly, Fault, Capacity and Time Remaining, Stress, Reclaimable Capacity, Density, Usable Capacity, and Time settings. For example, if you changed the Cluster Compute Object Usable Capacity policy element settings, you can see the updates to your local policy in the complete list of settings, and the high availability configuration setting. If you have various adapters installed, such as the vRealize Configuration Manager Adapter, you will also see specific policy elements for the adapter. For example, for vRealize Configuration Manager you will see the Compliance policy element setting and badge score symptom threshold.

Active Policies Tab > 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.