Create a central dashboard that you can use to track the overall state of the SDDC.

The SDDC overview dashboard shows:

  • The main indicators for the state of CPU, memory, connectivity, and storage in the management cluster that hosts the management applications.

  • The overall state of the management applications in the SDDC. You use the SDDC management custom group that represents a common object for all management applications.

The SDDC overview dashboard consists of the following widgets:

  • One Health Chart widget.

  • Twelve Heatmap widgets showing heatmaps of the compute resources in the SDDC. You arrange the heatmap widgets in three rows and four columns. Heatmap widgets are labeled Heatmap X.Y where X is the row number and Y is the column number in the dashboard.

Table 1. Configuration of the Heatmap Widgets in the First Row of the SDDC Overview Dashboard

Widget Setting

Heatmap 1.1

Heatmap 1.2

Heatmap 1.3

Heatmap 1.4

Title

Physical CPU Time Remaining

Physical Memory Time Remaining

Management VM CPU Used

Management VM CPU Contention

Refresh Content

On

On

On

On

Refresh Interval

300 s

300 s

300 s

300 s

Name

Management Hosts

Management Hosts

Management VMs

Management VMs

Group by

vCenter Adapter > Datacenter

vCenter Adapter > Datacenter

vCenter Adapter > Datacenter

vCenter Adapter > Datacenter

Then by

-

-

-

-

Focus on Groups

Selected

Selected

Selected

Selected

Mode

Instance

Instance

Instance

Instance

Object Type

vCenter Adapter > Host System

vCenter Adapter > Host System

vCenter Adapter > Virtual Machine

vCenter Adapter > Virtual Machine

Attribute Type

Capacity Analytics Generated > CPU > Demand > Time Remaining (Day(s))

Capacity Analytics Generated > Memory > Demand > Time Remaining (Day(s))

CPU > Usage (%)

CPU > CPU Contention (%)

Min Value (Color)

0 (red)

0 (red)

80 (green)

0 (green)

Max Value (Color)

1 (green)

1 (green)

100 (red)

2 (red)

Filter

-

 -

  • Adapter Instances > vCenter Server > sfo01m01vc01

  • Adapter Instances > vCenter Server > lax01m01vc01

  • Adapter Instances > vCenter Server > sfo01m01vc01

  • Adapter Instances > vCenter Server > lax01m01vc01

Table 2. Configuration of the Heatmap Widgets in the Second Row of the SDDC Overview Dashboard

Widget Setting

Heatmap 2.1

Heatmap 2.2

Heatmap 2.3

Heatmap 2.4

Title

Physical Disk Space Time Remaining

Physical Dropped Packets

Management VM Memory Used

Management VM Swap Rate

Refresh Content

On

On

On

On

Refresh Interval

300 s

300 s

300 s

300 s

Name

Management Hosts

Management Hosts

Management VMs

Management VMs

Group by

vCenter Adapter > Datacenter

vCenter Adapter > Datacenter

vCenter Adapter > Datacenter

vCenter Adapter > Datacenter

Then by

-

-

-

-

Focus on Groups

Selected

Selected

Selected

Selected

Mode

Instance

Instance

Instance

Instance

Object type

vCenter Adapter > Host System

vCenter Adapter > Host System

vCenter Adapter > Virtual Machine

vCenter Adapter > Virtual Machine

Attribute type

Capacity Analytics Generated > Disk Space > Demand > Time Remaining (Day(s))

Network > Packets Dropped %

Memory > Usage (%)

Memory > Swapped (KB)

Min Value (Color)

0 (red)

0 (green)

50 (green)

0 (green)

Max Value (Color)

1 (green)

1 (red)

90 (red)

1 (red)

Filter

-

-

  • Adapter Instances > vCenter Server > sfo01m01vc01

  • Adapter Instances > vCenter Server > lax01m01vc01

  • Adapter Instances > vCenter Server > sfo01m01vc01

  • Adapter Instances > vCenter Server > lax01m01vc01

Table 3. Configuration of the Heatmap Widgets in the Third Row of the SDDC Overview Dashboard

Widget Setting

Heatmap 3.1

Heatmap 3.2

Heatmap 3.3

Heatmap 3.4

Title

Storage vSAN Latency

Storage NFS Latency

Management VM Storage Latency

Management VM Disk Space Time Remaining

Refresh Content

On

On

On

On

Refresh Interval

300 s

300 s

300 s

300 s

Name

Datastores

Datastores

Management VMs

Management VMs

Group by

Storage Devices > VirtualSAN Datastore

Storage Devices > NFS Volume

vCenter Adapter > Datacenter

vCenter Adapter > Datacenter

Then by

-

-

-

-

Focus on Groups

Selected

Selected

Selected

Selected

Mode

Instance

Instance

Instance

Instance

Object type

Storage Devices > VirtualSAN Datastore 

Storage Devices > NFS Volume

vCenter Adapter > Virtual Machine

vCenter Adapter > Virtual Machine

Attribute type

Host Specific Metrics > Write Latency (ms)

Derived Statistics > Inferred Latency

Virtual Disk > Read Latency (ms)

Capacity Analytics Generated > Disk Space > Time Remaining (Day(s))

Min Value (Color)

0 (green)

0 (green)

0 (green)

0 (red)

Max Value (Color)

30 (red)

30 (red)

30 (red)

1 (green)

Filter

-

-

  • Adapter Instances > vCenter Server > sfo01m01vc01

  • Adapter Instances > vCenter Server > lax01m01vc01

  • Adapter Instances > vCenter Server > sfo01m01vc01

  • Adapter Instances > vCenter Server > lax01m01vc01

Table 4. Configuration of the Health Chart Widget in the SDDC Overview Dashboard

Health Widget Setting

Value

Title

Management Applications

Refresh Content

On

Refresh Interval

300 s

Self Provider

On

Mode

Children

Order By

Value Ascending

Pagination number

15

Metric

Health

Procedure

  1. Log in to vRealize Operations Manager by using the operations interface.
    1. Open a Web browser and go to https://vrops01svr01.rainpole.local.
    2. Log in using the following credentials.

      Setting

      Value

      User name

      admin

      Password

      vrops_admin_password

  2. On the main navigation bar, click Dashboards.
  3. From the Actions menu, select Create Dashboard .
  4. In the Dashboard Configuration section of the New Dashboard dialog box, configure the following settings.

    Dashboard Setting

    Value

    Name

    SDDC Overview

    Is default

    Yes

  5. Add widgets to the dashboard.
    1. Expand the Widget List section. 
    2. Drag the 12 Heatmap widgets to the layout pane on the right, make three rows with four columns, and align them so that they are all approximately equal in size. 
    3. Drag a Health Chart widget to the layout pane on the right.
  6. Configure the Heatmap widgets.
    1. In the upper-right corner of each widget, click the Edit Widget icon and configure the widget.
    2. In the Edit Heatmap dialog box, configure the settings of the heatmap widget and click Save.
  7. Configure the Health Chart widget.
    1. In the upper-right corner of the widget, click the Edit Widget icon and configure the widget.
    2. In the Edit Health Chart dialog box, configure the settings of the Health Chart widget .
    3. From the objects list at the bottom, expand Function and select the SDDC Management custom group and click Save.
  8. In the New Dashboard dialog box, click Save.

Results

The SDDC Overview dashboard becomes available in the Dashboards list of the vRealize Operations Manager user interface.