To view the object for which the alert was generated as it relates to other objects, use the topological map on the Relationships tab.

As a network operations engineer, you view a datastore and the related objects in a map to further your understanding of the problem. The map view helps determine if implementing the alert recommendations can resolve the problem.


Evaluate the alert over time and in comparison to related objects. See Compare Alerts and Events Over Time in Response to a Datastore Alert.


  1. In the menu, click Alerts, select the alert name in the data grid, and click View additional metrics > All Metrics.
  2. Click Show Object Relationships.
    The Relationships tab displays the datastore in a map with the related objects. By default, the badge that this alert affects is selected only on the toolbar. Objects in the tree show a colored square to indicate the current state of the badge.
  3. To view the alert status of the objects for the other badges, click the Health button and then the Efficiency button.
    As you click each badge button, the squares on each object indicate whether an alert is generated and the criticality of the alert.
  4. To view alerts for an object, select the object and click Alerts.
    The alert list dialog box appears, enabling you to search and sort for alerts for the object.
  5. To view a list of the child objects for an object in the map, click the object.
    A list of the number of children by object type appears at the bottom of the center pane.
  6. Use the options to evaluate the datastore.
    For example, what does the map tell you about the number of virtual machines that are associated with the datastore? If many virtual machines are associated with a datastore, moving them might free datastore disk space.

What to do next