You can use the workflow in the monitoring policy workspace to create local policies quickly, and update the settings in existing policies. Select a base policy to use as the source for your local policy settings, and modify the thresholds and settings used for analysis and collection of data from groups of objects in your environment. A policy that has no local settings defined inherits the settings from its base policy to apply to the associated object groups.


Verify that objects groups exist for vRealize Operations Manager to analyze and collect data, and if they do not exist, create them. See Managing Custom Object Groups in VMware vRealize Operations Manager.


  1. In the menu, click Administration, and then in the left pane click Policies.
  2. Click Policy Library, and click the Add New Policy icon to add a policy, or select the policy and click the Edit Selected Policy icon to edit an existing policy.
    You can add and edit policies on the Policy Library tab, and remove certain policies. You can use the Base Settings policy or the Default Policy as the root policy for the settings in other policies that you create. You can set any policy to be the default policy.
  3. In the Getting Started workspace, assign a name and description to the policy.
    Give the policy a meaningful name and description so that all users know the purpose of the policy.
  4. Click Select Base Policies, and in the workspace, select one or more policies to use as a baseline to define the settings for your new local policy.
    When you create a policy, you can use any of the policies provided with vRealize Operations Manager as a baseline source for your new policy settings.
  5. Click Override Settings, and in the workspace, filter the object types to customize your policy for the objects to associate with this policy.
    Filter the object types, and modify the settings for those object types so that vRealize Operations Manager collects and displays the data that you expect in the dashboards and views.
  6. Click Override Attributes, and in the workspace, select the metric, property, or super metric attributes to include in your policy.
    vRealize Operations Manager collects data from the objects in your environment based on the metric, property, or super metric attributes that you include in the policy.
  7. Click Override Alert / Symptom Definitions, and in the workspace, enable or disable the alert definitions and symptom definitions for your policy.
    vRealize Operations Manager identifies problems on objects in your environment and triggers alerts when conditions occur that qualify as problems.
  8. Click Apply Policy to Groups, and in the workspace, select one or more groups to which the policy applies.
    VMware vRealize Operations Manager monitors the objects according to the settings in the policy that is applied to the object group, triggers alerts when thresholds are violated, and reports the results in the dashboards, views, and reports. If you do not assign a policy to one or more object groups, VMware vRealize Operations Manager does not assign the settings in that policy to any objects, and the policy is not active. For an object group that dos not have a policy assigned, VMware vRealize Operations Manager associates the object group with the Default Policy.
  9. Click Save to retain the settings defined for your local policy.

What to do next

After vRealize Operations Manager analyzes and collects data from the objects in your environment, review the data in the dashboards and views. If the data is not what you expected, edit your local policy to customize and override the settings until the dashboards display the data that you need.