Alarms can be used to notify an administrator of issues, or potential issues, in a vSphere environment. This notification allows an administrator to take corrective actions. Alarms can be configured to send e-mail notifications and/or SMNP traps when conditions are triggered. Alarm definitions contain a trigger and an action. Triggers include issues such as hardware failures or states such as increased CPU or memory utilization.
Properly designing alarm notifications can ensure successful ongoing operations in a vSphere environment.
The following steps will configure the Mail and SNMP settings for a vCenter Server and to configure a defined alarm to send an e-mail or SNMP notification: