Recently, I was approached by someone who wasn’t fully familiar with VMWare. They quick ask was how do I get email alerts when our ESXi hosts go offline. It took a few minutes to confirm they had an email server setup and then to walk them through how to edit alarms to send emails when triggered. Since the UI has change some in 6.7 U3 I thought I would take a moment to write a quick refesher on this topic.
Step 1. Confirm or add an email server into vCenter
Click on the vCenter at the top of the topology
Configure > Settings > General >Edit
Mail Server: This should be your mail server
Mail sender: this should be the FQDN of your vCenter
Step 2 – find the alarm you want to have emailed to you in the event of it being triggered and click edit
Click the tab next to send email notifications
Add a custom subject if you want
Email to: put the email distribution list or individuals email down. Remember, if adding more than one separate by a ,
Enable send SNMP traps and check repeat
Keep clicking next through the rules unless you want to add another rule or duplicate the rule
At the review page click save and you are all set.
As you can see the process is not a difficult one if you know where to click and how to add rules. Once again, I hope y’all found this article to be useful.