The Container Overview widget gives a graphical presentation of the health, risk, and efficiency of an object or list of objects in the environment.

How the Container Overview Widget and Configuration Options Work

The Container Overview widget displays the current status, the status for a previous time period of the health, risk, and the efficiency of an object or list of objects. You can configure the widget to display information for one or more objects that you are interested in when you select the Object mode during configuration of the widget. The widget displays information for all objects from an object type or types when you select the Object Type mode during configuration of the widget. You can open the object detailed page of each object in the data grid when you click the object.

You edit a container overview widget after you add it to a dashboard. You can configure the widget to display information about an object or to display information about all objects from an object type by using the Object or Object Type mode. The configuration options change depending on your selection of mode.

Where You Find the Container Overview Widget and Configuration Options

The widget might be included on any of your custom dashboards. In the left pane, click Home to see your configured dashboards.

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.

Container Overview Widget Options and Configuration Options

The Container Overview widget includes toolbar options and data grid options.

Table 1. Container Overview Widget Toolbar

Option

Description

Perform Multi-Select Interaction

If the widget is a provider for another widget on the dashboard, you can select multiple rows and click this button. The receiving widget then displays only the data related to the selected interaction items.

Use Ctrl+click for Windows, or Cmd+click for Mac OS X, to select multiple individual objects or Shift+click to select a range of objects, and click the icon to enable the interaction.

Filter

You can filter the objects in the data grid.

Dashboard Navigation

You can explore information from another dashboard.

Note:

This toolbar icon exists when you configure the widget to interact with a widget from another dashboard. Use Dashboard Navigation menu during dashboard configuration to configure the widgets to interact.

When you select an object from an object data grid and click the toolbar icon, it takes you to a related dashboard. For example, you can configure the widget to send information to a Topology Graph widget that is on another dashboard, for example dashboard 1. When you select a VM from the data grid, click Perform Multi-Select Interaction , click Dashboard Navigation and select Navigate > dashboard 1. It takes you to dashboard 1, where you can observe selected VM and objects related to it.

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

Table 2. Container Overview Widget Data Grid

Option

Description

Name

Name of the object

Health

Shows information about the health parameter.

Status displays the badge of the current health status of an object. You can check the status in a tool tip when you point to the badge.

Last 24 Hours displays the statistic of health parameter for last 24 hours.

Risk

Shows information about the risk parameter.

Status displays the badge of the current risk status of an object. You can check the status in a tool tip when you point to the badge.

Last Week displays the statistics of the health parameter for the last week.

Efficiency

Shows information about the efficiency parameter.

Status displays the badge of the current efficiency status of an object. You can check the status in a tool tip when you point to the badge.

Last Week displays statistic of the efficiency parameter for the last week.

Table 3. Container Overview 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.

Mode

Use Object to select an object from the environment to observe.

Use Object Type to select the type of the objects to observe.

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 .

Object tree

The object tree appears when you select Object from the Mode option. You can filter the list of objects in the object data grid. You can select one or more object types and the data grid displays all objects from the types. For example, if you want to observe information about the VMs and vCenter Server in the inventory, click Collapse All, expand Object Types in the object tree, and select Virtual Machine and vCenter Server. As a result, the data grid shows only VMs and vCenter Server objects from the inventory. You can deselect adapter types when you click Deselect All.

Object data grid

Note:

The object data grid exists when you select Object from the Mode option.

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.

When you click an object from the list it appears in the Selected Objects pane. You can select multiple objects from the data grid when you mark objects in the list and click the Perform Multi-Select Interaction toolbar icon. To deselect an object or objects, click the Clear Selections toolbar icon.

Selected Object

The Selected Object pane appears when you select Object from the Mode option.

Object that is the basis for the widget data.

You can add an object when you select it first from the object data grid. You can remove an object from the list when you select an object and click the Delete Object toolbar icon.

Selected Object Type

Selected Object Type appears when you select Object Type from the Mode option. Selecting this option shows the type of the objects to observe.

Object Type list

Selected Object Type exists when you select Object Type from the Mode option. By default, the list shows all available object types in the environment. You can select a type when you click a type in the list. You can filter the types in the list by selecting a type from the Adapter Type drop-down menu or by using the Filter text box. You can remove filtering when you click the plus sign in the drop-down menu.