The Sparkline Chart widget displays graphs that contain metrics for an object in vRealize Operations Manager. You can use vRealize Operations Manager to create one or more graphs that contain metrics for objects that you add to your custom dashboards.

How the Sparkline Chart Widget Works

If the metrics in the Sparkline Chart are for an object that another widget provides, the object name appears at the top right of the widget. If you select a metric when you edit the widget configuration, the widget uses the metric and its corresponding object as the source for dashboard interactions. The line in the graphs represents the average value of the selected metric for the specified time period. The boxed area in the graph represents the dynamic threshold of the metric.

Point to a graph in the Sparkline Chart widget to view the value of a metric in the form of a tool tip. You can also view the maximum and minimum values on a graph. The values are displayed as orange dots.

You can add the Sparkline Chart widget to one or more custom dashboards and configure it to display data that is important to different dashboard users. The data that appears in the widget is based on the configured options for each widget instance.

Where You Find the Sparkline Chart Widget

The widget might be included on any of your custom dashboards. On the menu, click Dashboards to display a list of dashboards in the left pane.

Sparkline Chart Widget Toolbar

The toolbar at the top of the Sparkline Chart widget contains icons that you can use to change the view of the graphs.

Icon

Description

Dashboard Navigation

You can navigate to another dashboard when the object you select is also available in the dashboard to which you want to navigate.

Refresh

Refreshes the widget data.

Time Range

Select the range for the time period to show on the graphs. You can select a period from the default time range list or select start and end dates and times.

Remove All

Removes all graphs.

Sparkline Chart Widget Configuration Options

To configure a widget, click the Edit icon on the widget title bar.

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.

Show Object Name

You can view the name of the object before the metric name in the Sparkline Chart widget.

  • On. Displays the name of the object before the metric name in the widget.

  • Off. Does not display the name of the object in the widget.

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.

Column Sequence

Select the order in which to display the information.

  • Graph First. The metric graph appears in the first column in the widget display.

  • Label First. The metric label appears in the first column in the widget display.

Objects

You can select metrics for specific objects during widget configuration.

You can select one or more tag values to filter the objects to appear in the pane that lists the objects.

You can use icons on the toolbar at the top of the list to collapse and deselect all the tags in the list.

In the pane that lists the objects, use the toolbar options to select one or more objects.

  • To clear all your selections, click the Clear Selection icon.

  • To select multiple objects, click thePerform Multi-Select Interaction icon.

  • To set the number of objects to display in the pane, select a value in the Page Size field.

  • To search for an object, enter all or part of the object name in the Filter text box.

The corresponding metrics for the selected object appear in the pane that lists the metrics.

In the pane that lists the metrics, use the toolbar options to select the metrics to show in the widget.

  • To select multiple metrics, click thePerform Multi-Select Interaction icon on the toolbar at the top of the pane.

  • To list the metrics that are common to multiple selected objects, click the Show common metrics icon on the toolbar.

  • To view an object , click the Select Object icon on the toolbar.

  • To search for a specific metric, enter all or part of the metric name in the Filter text box.

You can configure the metrics for the selected objects. Set values for each metric in the pane that displays the selected metrics. To enter a value, point to the text box under the column heading, double-click within the text box, and enter the value.

  • Box Label. A label for the metric.

  • Measurement Unit. The measurement unit that appears after the metric value.

  • Color Method.To define values for the metric box colors, enter values in the text boxes. Select Custom to set the color boundaries. If you do not want to use color, select None.

You can manage the metrics in the pane that displays the metric.

  • To select all the metrics in the list, click the Select Allicon on the toolbar at the top of the pane.

  • To remove all the metrics from the list, click the Clear Selections icon on the toolbar at the top of the pane.

  • To apply settings from one metric to all the metrics in the list, select the metric and click the Apply To All icon on the toolbar at the top of pane.

Object Types

You can select metrics for specific object types during widget configuration. This option is useful if specific objects are not currently available.

To select an object type, use the icons on the toolbar.

  • To search for a specific adapter, you can enter the name of the adapter in the Adapter Type text box.

  • To search for an object, you can enter all or part of the object type name in the Filter text box.

The metrics for the object type appear in the pane that lists the metrics. You can select multiple metrics.

In the pane that lists the metrics, use the toolbar options to select the metrics to show in the widget.

  • To select multiple metrics, click the Perform Multi-Select Interaction icon on the toolbar.

  • To list the metrics that are common to multiple selected object types, click the Show common metrics icon on the toolbar.

  • To select a specific metric that is specific to an object, click the Select Object icon on the toolbar.

  • To search for a specific metric, enter all or part of the metric name in the Filter text box.

You can configure the metrics for the selected object types. Set values for each metric in the pane that displays the selected metrics. To enter a value, point to the text box under the column heading, double-click in the text box, and enter the value.

  • Box Label. A label for the metric.

  • Measurement Unit. The measurement unit that appears after the metric value.

  • Color Method. To define values for the metric box colors, enter values in the text boxes. Select Custom to set the color boundaries. If you do not want to use a color, select None.

You can manage the metrics in the pane that displays the metric.

  • To select all the metrics in the list, click the Select Allicon on the toolbar.

  • To remove all the metrics from the list, click the Clear Selections icon on the toolbar.

  • To apply settings from one metric to all the metrics in the list, select the metric and click the Apply To All icon on the toolbar.