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Vcenter sensor alerts - trigger email

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Hi All,

Just noticed that one of my hosts has 2 disks down. I didn't see any alert from vcenter cluster that showed this, it was only when I selected the hardware status tab didn't I notice there were sensor alerts for the disks.

Is there a way to get vcenter to email out the sensor alerts?
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do you have an alert defined ?

do you have an alerted enabled ?

and as you have discovered, this alert can only trigger if the Health has an issue, and sometimes failed disks do not do this.

and requires monitoring via SNMP
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do you have an alert defined ? How do I check?

do you have an alerted enabled ? I can see the alerts so I assume yes?
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Look at the Alarms defined in the Datacentre.
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Checked out the alarms. I have all defaults alarms. None are set to email. I tested the CPU alarm and can confirm it email the alert. So, is it then possible to do this with the hardware alerts?
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if the alerts do not trap the disk issue then no. you will need to look at a different method of hardware monitoring.
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Well thats my question.. Will vmware trap physic disk errors. It knows about it as the hardware sensors are picking them up.

Closest I can see is the Host storage status alarm. Which is a bit generic but at least will trigger an email.

I wondered if its possible to manually create a alarm to trap finer details from the hardware sensors?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE) earned 500 total points
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Do you get an alarm currently for your disk issue?

and this is somewhat based on the version of ESXi , e.g. OEM version which monitors the hardware being available.

If NO, the answer is NO. Monitor via SNMP.
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