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Mastering VMware vSphere™ 4 by Scott Lowe

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12.2. Using Alarms

In addition to the graphs and high-level information tabs, the administrator can create alarms for virtual machines, hosts, networks, and datastores based on predefined triggers provided with vCenter Server. Depending upon the object, these alarms can monitor resource consumption or the state of the object and alert the administrator when certain conditions have been met, such as high resource usage or even low resource usage. These alarms can then provide an action that informs the administrator of the condition by email or SNMP trap. An action can also automatically run a script or provide other means to correct the problem the virtual machine or host might be experiencing.

The creation of alarms to alert the administrator ...

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