You use the Topology Graph widget configuration options to customize each instance of the widget that you add to your dashboards.

How the Topology Graph Widget Configuration Options Work

You edit a topology graph widget after you add it to a dashboard. To configure the widget, click the pencil at the right corner of the widget window. To configure a widget, you must select an exploration mode and an object type . The Exploration Mode option can be your starting point in the configuration process. You must also select which types of objects to observe and use the Object View pane to add or remove types.

Where You Find Topology Graph Widget Configuration Options

To customize the data that appears in the dashboard widget, click Content in the left pane, and click Dashboards. On the Dashboards toolbar, click the plus sign to add a dashboard or the pencil to edit the selected dashboard. In the Dashboard workspace, on the left, click Widget List, and drag a widget to the right pane of the dashboard. On the title bar of the selected widget, click the pencil to access the configuration options.

Table 1. Topology Graph Widget Configuration Options

Option

Description

Title

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

Exploration Mode

Use Node Exploration mode to observe a selected object from an object list and the objects related to it. For example, if you select a virtual machine and select node exploration mode, the widget shows the host where the VM is placed and the datastore storing the files of the VM.

Use Path Exploration mode to observe the relation between two objects. You must select them from the Select First Object list and the Select Second Object list. For example, if you select to explore the path between a VM and a vCenter Server, the graph shows you both objects and all nodes in the path between the VM and server as datastore, datastore cluster, and datacenter .

Important:

To select object view is mandatory for the widget to start working in path exploration mode.

Use Show All Path to observe connections between a node and nodes related to it as well as connections between the nodes. For example, if you are using node exploration mode and you select to observe a VM and all objects types, the graph shows a VM connected to its datastore and host and the connection between the host and datastore.

Use Discovered Path only to observe directly related nodes. For example, if you are using node exploration mode and you select to observe a VM and all objects types, the graph will shows the VM connected to its datastore and to its host, but without the connection between the host and datastore .

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 .

Configuration file

The default configuration includes parent and child relationship. Drop-down options depend on the installed Solutions. You can add a new type of relationship to the Relationship pane.

Metric Configuration

Specifies a list with attributes to display, when the information is based on the interaction with another widget.

To add a resource interaction XML file through the CLI directory, seeAdd 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 the Metric Configuration drop-down menu of the 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.

Selected Object

Object that is the basis for the widget data.

Degree of separation

Available only when node exploration mode is selected. Use to define the levels of exploration in Node Exploration mode. The lowest degree configuration shows only directly related nodes rather than higher degrees that show the inventory in details.

Object List

List of objects in your environment that you can search or sort by column so that you can locate the object on which you are basing the data that appears in the widget.

If you select an object in the list, the object becomes the selected object for the widget.

Object view

Use to select which types of objects to observe in the graph.

Relationship

Select the type of relationship between objects to observe in the graph, respectively the details about your inventory . The common relationships for all objects are parent and child, but the list of relationships can vary depending on added Solutions to vRealize Operations Manager.

Select First Object

Available only in path exploration mode. Select the first object from the object list.

Select Second Object

Available only in path exploration mode. Select the second object from the object list.