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VMware vCenter 6 Alarms

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I recently upgraded to vCenter 6 U2 (windows) and now I'd like to configure the Alarms.  This is a global infrastructure with a single vCenter and as such I would like to configure alarms for each datacenter to be sent to that respective site's team.  Being in the US i don't care about items in UK or Asia so I do not want to configure everything at the root of vCenter so every team gets everything.  This will simply flood peoples inboxes and things will go unnoticed.

It appears that with vCenter 6 you can only configure alarms where they are defined, which is at the root of vCenter by default.  How can i configure the Datacenter Alarms in my vCenter to go to different teams without defining all the alarms (by copying) to each Datacenter site?
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We use an intermediary, Server, which filters email alerts, to go to different teams.

Otherwise, it's painful in vCenter Server or difficult, if not impossible to complete your goal, and meet your requirements.

This is a free server from Solar Winds - Alert Central, you send ALL your email alerts to Alert Central, and then create rules, to send to various email addresses or teams, so they don't get email overload

http://www.solarwinds.com/alertcentral.aspx
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That's great.  I've downloaded it and will be testing that soon.  If it doesn't fit our needs do you recommend copying the alarms into each Datacenter (via script) in order to achieve this desired outcome?  Or maybe there is a better alternative...
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We now feed ALL ALARMs from everything, via Alert Central, so they can be delivered to the various teams, and also feeds our Service Desk.

otherwise, you've got to do what you've found for each DC.

We set this up for clients, as it's free but also use commercial messaging to do similar things.
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