The global settings determine how vRealize Operations Manager retains data, keeps connection sessions open, and other settings. These are system settings that affect all users. Some of these settings are not editable. Editable global settings have a hidden Edit icon next to their values. To see the icon, point to the global setting.

Table 1. Global Setting Default Values and Descriptions
Setting Default Value Description
Action History

30 days

Number of days to retain the recent task data for actions.

The data is purged from the system after the specified number of days.

Deleted Objects

168 hours

Number of hours to retain objects that are deleted from an adapter data source or server before deleting them from vRealize Operations Manager.

An object deleted from an adapter data source is identified by vRealize Operations Manager as not existing and vRealize Operations Manager can no longer collect data about the object. Whether vRealize Operations Manager identifies deleted objects as not existing depends on the adapter. This feature is not implemented in some adapters.

For example, if the retention time is 360 hours and a virtual machine is deleted from a vCenter Server instance, the virtual machine remains as an object in vRealize Operations Manager for 15 days before it is deleted.

This setting applies to objects deleted from the data source or server, not to any objects you delete from vRealize Operations Manager on the Inventory page.

A value of -1 deletes objects immediately.

You can define the number of hours per object type to retain objects that no longer exist and check for object type overrides. To add individual object types and set up their values, click the Object Deletion Scheduling icon. You can also edit or delete these object types.

Deletion Scheduling Interval 24 hours

Determines the frequency to schedule deletion of resources. This setting works with the Deleted Objects setting to remove objects that no longer exist in the environment. vRealize Operations Manager transparently marks objects for removal that have not existed for the length of time specified under Deleted Objects. vRealize Operations Manager then removes the marked objects at the frequency specified under Deletion Scheduling Interval.

Object History

90 days

Number of days to retain the history of the object configuration, relationship, and property data.

The configuration data is the collected data from the monitored objects on which the metrics are based. The collected data includes changes to the configuration of the object.

The data is purged from the system after the specified number of days.

Generated Reports Retention


Number of months to retain generated reports. If disabled, all the generated reports will be retained.

Session Timeout 30 minutes

If your connection to vRealize Operations Manager is idle for the specified amount of time, you are logged out of the application.

You must provide credentials to log back in.


45 days

Number of days to retain canceled alerts and symptoms.

The alerts and symptoms are either canceled by the system or by a user.

Time Series Data Retention

6 months

Number of months that you want to retain the collected and calculated metric data for the monitored objects. This setting is set to 6 months by default for 5 minutes interval data retention.

Additional Time Series Retention

36 months

The number of months that the roll-up data extends beyond the regular period. The roll-up data is available starting from the end of the regular period and until the end of the roll-up data retention period. If you specify 0 as the value, then this will effectively disable the Additional Time Series Data Retention time and only data specified in Time Series Retention is stored. This setting ensures that after 6 months of normal retention for 5 minutes, the seventh month data is rolled up into a one Hour roll up. You can set up this option up to 120 months for data roll ups.

Deleted Users 100 days

You can specify the number of days to keep custom content created by a user who has been removed from vRealize Operations Manager or by the automatic synchronization of LDAP. For example, the custom dashboards created by a user.

External Event Based Active Symptoms disabled

The number of days to retain the external event-based active symptoms.

Maintain Relationship History

You can maintain a history of all the relationships of all the monitored objects in vRealize Operations Manager

Dynamic Threshold Calculation enabled

Determines whether to calculate normal levels of threshold violation for all objects.

If the setting is disabled, the following area of vRealize Operations Manager does not work or are not displayed:

  • Alert symptom definitions based on dynamic thresholds will not work
  • Metric charts that display normal behavior are not present

Disable this setting only if you have no alternative options for managing resource constraints for your vRealize Operations Manager system.

Cost Calculation The host time at which cost calculations are run.
Customer Experience Improvement Program enabled

Determines whether to participate in the Customer Experience Improvement Program by having vRealize Operations Manager send anonymous usage data to

Allow vCenter users to log in to individual vCenters using the vRealize Operations Manager UI

Lists all the individual vCenter Server on the vRealize Operations Manager login page to allow users to use their individual vCenter Server credentials to log into vRealize Operations Manager.

  • vCenter Server users can log in from vCenter Server clients. Enabled by default, this lists all the configured vCenter Servers in the vRealize Operations Manager login page drop-down.
Allow vCenter users to log in from vCenter clients enabled

Allows vCenter Server users to log in from the vCenter Server clients.

Allow vCenter users to log in to all vCenters using the vRealize Operations Manager UI enabled List all the vCenter Servers on the vRealize Operations Manager login page to allow users to use their vCenter Server credentials to log into vRealize Operations Manager.

Allows vCenter Server users to log in vRealize Operations Manager UI using any vCenter Server credentials.

Enabling this option adds all vCenter Server in the vRealize Operations Manager login page dropdown.

System access URL You can specify the URL that is used to access the system when a load balancer is used. The URL that you enter here is displayed in the outbound notifications and while sharing dashboards.
Automated Actions enabled or disabled

Determines whether to allow vRealize Operations Manager to automate actions. When an alert triggered, the alert provides recommendations for remediation. You can automate an action to remediate an alert when the recommendation is the first priority for that alert. You enable actionable alerts in your policies.

Enable Standard Certification Validation

This option enables certificate verification to Test Connection in the Create or Modify AI screen, using a standard verification flow.

The option checks CA authority.

  • Certificate Subject DN
  • Subject alternative name
  • Certificate validity period
  • Revocation list
This option also presents dialogs to user if one of those checks fail. It is up to the adapter implementation on how the adapter checks source certificate validity during a normal collection cycle. On a usual scenario, adapters just perform a thumb-print verification. However, in case this flag is enabled, Test connection validates certificates in full scale and accepts certificates that are matching all criteria without any user dialogs.
Concurrent UI login sessions enabled Allows concurrent UI login sessions per user. Once changed, this setting affects the subsequent login sessions.
Allow non-imported vIDM user access enabled Allows non-imported VMware Identity Manager users to be created automatically as read-only users upon first access. If disabled, only VMware Identity Manager imported users or users belonging to imported VMware Identity Manager groups will be granted access.
Currency You can specify the currency unit that is used for all the cost calculations. You can select the type of currency from the list of currency types by clicking Choose Currency. From the Set Currency, select the required currency and confirm your action by clicking the check box, and set the currency.