You can use the Property List widget to view the properties of objects and their values.

How the Property List Widget and Configuration Options Work

To observe the properties of objects in the Property List widget, you can select object property metrics when you configure the widget itself (Self Provider mode enabled). Alternatively, you can select objects or object property metrics from another widget (Self Provider mode disabled). You can also view a default or custom set of properties by selecting a preconfigured XML file in the Metric Configuration drop-down menu of the widget configuration window.

You edit a Property List widget after you add it to a dashboard. You can configure a widget to receive data from another widget by selecting Off for Self Provider mode. When the widget is not in Self Provider mode, it displays a set of predefined properties and their values of an object that you select on the source widget. For example, you can select a host on a Topology widget and observe its properties in the Property List widget. To configure the Property List as a receiver widget that is on the same dashboard, use the Widget Interactions menu when you edit a dashboard. To configure a receiver widget that is on another dashboard, use the Dashboard Navigation menu when you edit a source dashboard.

Where You Find the Property List Widget

The widget might be included on any of your custom dashboards. In the menu, click Dashboards to see your configured dashboards.

To customize the data that appears in the dashboard widget, in the menu, click Dashboards. Click Actions > Create Dashboard/Edit Dashboard to add or edit a dashboard. Toggle between the Views and Widgets option to view and add a widget to the dashboard. The widgets list panel displays a list of all the predefined widgets. Drag a widget to the dashboard workspace in the upper panel.

Property List Widget Data Grid Options

The data grid provides information on which you can sort and search.

Option Description
Object Name Name of the object, whose properties you observe. You can sort the properties by object name. To open the Object Details page, click an object name.
Property Name Name of the property. You can sort the properties by property name.
Value Value of the property. You can sort the properties by value.

Property List Widget Configuration Options

On the title bar of the widget, click the Edit Widget icon to configure the widget.

The configuration options are grouped into one or more sections. You can select the objects on which you want to base the widget data and refine the objects in the following sections. Each section filters the objects further and pushes the filtered objects to the next section. The widget data is based on the objects that are the output of the last section.

The Configuration section provides general configuration options for the widget.

The Input Data section provides options to specify input for the widget. This section appears when the widget is in self provider mode.

The Input Transformation section provides options to transform the input for the widget.

The Output Data section provides options to select object types on which you are basing the widget data.

The Output Filter section provides options to restrict the widget data based on the selected filter criteria.

Option Description
Title

Enter a custom title that identifies this widget from other instances that are based on the same widget template.

Configuration
Refresh Content

Enable or disable the automatic refreshing of the data in this widget.

If not enabled, the widget is updated only when the dashboard is opened or when you click the Refresh button on the widget in the dashboard.

Refresh Interval

If you enable the Refresh Content option, specify how often to refresh the data in this widget.

Self Provider
Indicates whether the objects for which data appears in the widget are defined in the widget or provided by another widget.
  • On. You define the objects for which data appears in the widget.
  • Off. You configure other widgets to provide the objects to the widget using the dashboard widget interactions options.
Visual Theme

Select a predefined visual style for each instance of the widget. The options are: Original and Compact.

Show Metric Full Name You can choose to view the full name of the metrics. The options are: On and Off.
Input Data
Metrics
Select metrics on which you want to base the widget data. You can select an object and pick its metrics.
  1. Click the Add New Metrics icon to add metrics for the widget data. Select an object to view its metric tree and pick metrics for the object. The picked metrics appear in a list in this section.

    The metric tree shows common metrics for several objects when you click the Show common metrics icon.

    While selecting objects for which you want to pick metrics, you can use the Filter text box to search for objects. You can also expand the Tag Filter pane on the left hand side to select one or more object tag values. A list of objects with the selected tag values appears. If you select more than one value for the same tag, you can choose objects that have any of the tags applied. If you select more than one value for different tags, you can choose only the objects that have all the tags applied.

  2. Optionally, select metrics from the list and click the Remove Selected Metrics icon to remove the selected metrics.

    Click the Select All icon to select all the metrics in the list.

    Click the Clear Selection icon to clear your selection of metrics in the list.

You can define measurement units for the metrics in the list. Double-click a metric box in the list, select a measurement unit in the Unit drop-down menu, and click Update.

Objects
Select objects on which you want to base the widget data.
  1. Click the Add New Objects icon and select objects in the pop-up window. The selected objects appear in a list in this section.

    While selecting objects, you can use the Filter text box to search for objects. You can also expand the Tag Filter pane on the left hand side to select one or more object tag values. A list of objects with the selected tag values appears.. If you select more than one value for the same tag, you can choose objects that have any of the tags applied. If you select more than one value for different tags, you can choose only the objects that have all the tags applied.

  2. Optionally, select objects from the list and click the Remove Selected Objects icon to remove the selected objects.

    Click the Select All icon to select all the objects in the list.

    Click the Clear Selection icon to clear your selection of objects in the list.

All

If you select this option, the widget data is based on all the objects in your environment. The following sections provide options to refine the objects for the widget data.

Input Transformation
Relationship

Transform the input for the widget based on the relationship of the objects. For example, if you select the Children check box and a Depth of 1, the child objects are the transformed inputs for the widget.

Output Data
Empty drop-down menu

Specifies a list with attributes to display.

To add a resource interaction XML file through the CLI directory, see Add a Resource Interaction XML File. To add a resource interaction XML file through the UI, see Manage Metric Configuration.

The newly created XML file appears in this drop-down menu.

  1. Click the Add New Metrics icon to add metrics based on object types. The metrics that you add appear in a list in this section.

    While selecting object types for which you want to pick metrics, you can filter the object types by adapter type to pick an object type. On the metrics pane, click the Select Object icon to select an object for the object type. Pick metrics of the selected object from the metric tree.

    For example, you can select the Datacenter object type, click the Select Object icon to display the list of data centers in your environment, and pick metrics of the selected data center.

  2. Optionally, you can define measurement units for the metrics and properties in the list. Double-click a metric or properties box in the list, select a measurement unit in the Unit drop-down menu, and click Update.
  3. You can use the Color Method option to define a coloring criteria for each metric. If this option is set to Custom, you can enter color values in the Yellow, Orange, and Red text boxes. You can also set coloring by symptom definition. If you do not want to use color, select None.

Output Filter

Refine the widget data further based on the filter criteria for object types. The widget data is based on the objects for the filtered object types.

If the objects have a tag filter applied in the Basic subsection, you define filter criteria for the object types of the objects with tag filter applied. If the objects with tag filter applied do not belong to any of the object types in this filter criteria, the widget skips this filter and includes all the objects with tag filter applied.

If the objects have an input transformation applied, you define filter criteria for the object types of the transformed objects.

  1. In the first drop-down menu, select an object type.
  2. In the second drop-down menu, select the option based on which you want to define the filter criteria. For example, if you select Metrics for the Datacenter object type, you can define a filter criteria based on the value of a specific metric for data centers.
  3. In the drop-down menus and text boxes that appear, select or enter values to filter the objects.
  4. To add more filter criteria, click Add.
  5. To add another filter criteria set, click Add another criteria set.