You can define an unlimited number of custom heat maps to analyze exactly the metrics that you need.


  1. From the left menu, click Environment.
  2. Select an object to inspect from an inventory tree.
  3. Click the Heat Maps tab under the Details tab.
  4. Select the tag to use for first-level grouping of the objects from the Group By drop-down menu.
    If a selected object does not have a value for this tag, it appears in a group called Other Groups.
  5. Select the tag to use to separate the objects into subgroups from the Then By drop-down menu.
    If a selected object does not have a value for this tag, it appears in a subgroup called Other Groups.
  6. Select a Mode option.
    Option Description
    Instance Track all instances of a metric for an object with a separate rectangle for each metric.
    General Pick a specific instance of a metric for each object and track only that metric.
  7. If you selected General mode, select the attribute to use to set the size of the rectangle for each resource in the Size By list. Also select the attribute to use to determine the color of the rectangle for each object in the Color By list.
    Objects that have higher values for the Size By attribute have larger areas in the heat map display. You can also select fixed-size rectangles. The color varies between the colors you set based on the value of the Color By attribute.

    In most cases, the attribute lists include only metrics that VMware Aria Operations generates. If you select an object type, the list shows all the attributes that are defined for that object type.

    1. To track metrics only for objects of a particular kind, select the object type from the Object Type drop-down menu.
  8. If you selected Instance mode, select an attribute kind from the Attribute Kind list.
    The attribute kind determines the color of the rectangle for each object.
  9. Configure colors for the heat map.
    1. Click each of the small blocks under the color bar to set the color for low, middle, and high values.
      The bar shows the color range for intermediate values. You can also set the values to match the high and low end of the color range.
    2. (Optional) Enter minimum and maximum color values in the Min Value and Max Value text boxes.
      If you leave the text boxes blank, VMware Aria Operations maps the highest and lowest values for the Color By metric to the end colors. If you set a minimum or maximum value, any metric at or beyond that value appears in the end color.
  10. Click Save to save the configuration.
    The custom heat map you created appears in the list of heat maps on the Heat Maps tab.