The default policy is a set of rules that applies to the majority of your objects.

The Default policy appears on the Active Policies tab, and is marked with the letter D in the Priority column. The Default policy can apply to any number of objects.

The Default policy always appears at the bottom in the list of policies, even if that policy is not associated with an object group. When an object group does not have a policy applied, vRealize Operations Manager associates the Default policy with that group.

A policy can inherit the Default policy settings, and those settings can apply to various objects under several conditions.

The policy that is set to Default always takes the lowest priority. If you attempt to set two policies as the Default policy, the first policy that you set to Default is initially set to the lowest priority. When you set the second policy to Default, that policy then takes the lowest priority, and the earlier policy that you set to Default is set to the second lowest priority.

You can use the Default policy as the base policy to create your own custom policy. You modify the default policy settings to create a policy that meets your analysis and monitoring needs. When you start with the Default policy, your new policy inherits all of the settings from the Default base policy. You can then customize your new policy and override these settings.

The data adapters and solutions installed in vRealize Operations Manager provide a collective group of base settings that apply to all objects. In the policy navigation tree on the Policy Library tab, these settings are called Base Settings. The Default policy inherits all of the base settings by default.