You use the Metric Chart widget configuration options to customize each instance of the widget that you add to your dashboards so that you can display specific metric information in vRealize Operations Manager.

How the Metric Chart Widget Configuration Options Work

You edit the Metric Chart widget after you add it to a dashboard. The changes you make to the options create a custom widget with the selected metrics that display the workload on your objects.

To select metrics, you can select an object from the object list, then select the metrics. Or, you can select a tag from the object tag list to limit the object list, then select an object. You can configure multiple charts for the same object or multiple charts for different objects.

To use the metric configuration, which displays a set of metrics that you defined in an XML file, the dashboard and widget configuration must meet the following criteria:

  • The dashboard Widget Interaction options are configured so that another widget provides objects to the target widget. For example, an Object List widget provides the object interaction to a chart widget.

  • The widget Self Provider option is set to Off.

  • The custom XML file in the Metric Configuration drop-down menu is in the following directory and has been imported into the global storage using the import command.

    • vApp or Linux. The XML file is in /usr/lib/vmware-vcops/tools/opscli.

    • Windows. The XML file is in C:\vmware\vcenter-operations\vmware-vcops\tools\opscli.

Where You Find the Metric Chart Widget Configuration Options

The Metric Chart configuration options appear when you click Edit in the Metric Chart widget. The Workload Utilization dashboard, which is provided with vRealize Operations Manager, displays the Metric Chart widget with the name Workload Trend.

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. Metric Chart 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.

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.

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.

Object Tag Tree

Filters the list of objects in the object list. You can select one or more object types and all objects from this type are displayed in the object list.

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.

The objects show based on the selected tag. If no tag is selected, the list shows all objects in the system.

Metric List

List of metrics available for the object selected in the object list.

Double-click the metrics to show in the widget.

Selected Metric List

Objects and metrics that are displayed in the widget.

The objects appear on the widget in the order they are presented in the list. Reorder the list to change the order of the displayed charts.