The alert list widget is a list of alerts for the objects it is configured to monitor. You can create one or more alert lists in vRealize Operations Manager for objects that you add to your custom dashboards. The widget provides you with a customized list of alerts on objects in your environment.

How the Alert List Widget and Configuration Options Work

You can add the alert list 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. You edit an Alert List widget after you add it to a dashboard. The changes you make to the options create a custom alert list to meet the needs of the dashboard users.

Where You Find the Alert List Widget and Configuration Options

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

In the menu, click Dashboard > Actions > Create Dashboard to add a dashboard or click Dashboard > Actions > Edit Dashboard 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 Edit Widget icon to access the configuration options.

Alert List Widget and Configuration Options

The alert list widget includes toolbar options, data grid options and configuration options.

Option

Description

Dashboard Navigation

Actions you can run on the selected alert.

For example, you use the option to open a vCenter Server, datacenter, virtual machine, or in the vSphere Web Client, allowing you to directly modify an object for which an alert was generated and fix any problems.

RSS Feed

Send an RSS feed of the alert to your Web browser.

Only alerts that appear in the widget as it is configured are included. For example, if the widget is set to show alerts only for a particular object, only alerts for that object are included in the RSS feed. The detail message of an individual alert appears in the feed's headline. Depending on the RSS client that you use, details for all anomalies related to the alert appear in the feed's body.

Reset Interaction

Returns the widget to its initial configured state and undoes any interactions selected in a providing widget.

Interactions are usually between widgets in the same dashboard, or you can configure interactions between widgets on different dashboards.

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.

Display Filtering Criteria

Displays the object information on which this widget is based.

Select Date Range

Limits the alerts that appear in the list to the selected date range.

Color Row by Alert Criticality

Colors the entire row based on the criticality of the alert.

  • Red. Critical alerts.

  • Yellow. Warning or intermediate alerts

Cancel Alert

Cancels the selected alerts. If you configure the alert list to display only active alerts, the canceled alert is removed from the list.

You cancel alerts when you do not need to address them. Canceling the alert does not cancel the underlying condition that generated the alert. Canceling alerts is effective if the alert is generated by triggered fault and event symptoms because these symptoms are triggered again only when subsequent faults or events occur on the monitored objects. If the alert is generated based on metric or property symptoms, the alert is canceled only until the next collection and analysis cycle. If the violating values are still present, the alert is generated again.

Suspend

Suspend an alert for a specified number of minutes.

You suspend alerts when you are investigating an alert and do not want the alert to affect the health, risk, or efficiency of the object while you are working. If the problem persists after the elapsed time, the alert is reactivated and it will again affect the health, risk, or efficiency of the object.

The user who suspends the alert becomes the assigned owner.

Take Ownership

As the current user, you make yourself the owner of the alert.

You can only take ownership of an alert, you cannot assign ownership.

Release Ownership

Alert is released from all ownership.

Filter

Locate data in the widget.

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

Table 1. Alert List Widget Data Grid

Option

Description

Status

Current state of the alert.

Possible values include Active or Canceled.

Criticality Level

Criticality is the level of importance of the alert in your environment. The alert criticality appears in a tooltip when you hover the mouse over the criticality icon.

The level is based on the level assigned when the alert definition was created, or on the highest symptom criticality, if the assigned level was Symptom Based.

Object Name

Name of the object for which the alert was generated.

Alert Info

Name of the alert definition that generated the alert.

Alert Impact

Alert badge for which the alert was generated.

Possible values are Health, Risk, or Efficiency.

Object Type

Object type of the object for which the alert was generated.

Type

Alert type is assigned when you create the alert definition. It helps you categorize and route the alert to the appropriate domain administrator for resolution.

The possible values include:

  • Application

  • Virtualization/Hypervisor

  • Hardware (OSI)

  • Storage

  • Network

Sub-Type

Alert subtype is assigned when you create the alert definition. It helps you categorize and route the alert to the appropriate domain administrator for resolution.

The possible values include:

  • Availability

  • Performance

  • Capacity

  • Compliance

  • Configuration

Duration

Current age of the alert.

Start Time

Date and time when the alert was generated.

Update Time

Date and time when the alert was last modified.

An alert is updated whenever one of the following changes occurs:

  • Another symptom in the alert definition is triggered.

  • Triggering symptom that contributed to the alert is canceled.

Cancel Time

Date and time when the alert canceled for one of the following reasons:

  • Symptoms that triggered the alert are no longer active. Alert is canceled by the system.

  • Symptoms that triggered the alert are canceled because the corresponding symptom definitions are disabled in the policy that is applied to the object.

  • Symptoms that triggered the alert are canceled because the corresponding symptom definitions were deleted.

  • Alert definition for this alert is disabled in the policy that is applied to the object.

  • Alert definition is deleted.

  • User canceled the alert.

Control State

State of user interaction with the alert.

Possible values include:

  • Open. The alert is available for action.

  • Assigned. The alert is assigned to a user for action.

  • Suspended. The alert was suspended for a specified amount of time.

User Name

Name of the user who owns the alert.

The Alert List Widget provides configuration options.

Table 2. Alert List 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 .

Selected Object

Object that is the basis for the widget data.

This text box is populated by the object you select in the Objects list.

Objects 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.

Tag Picker

List of defined object tags, both default and custom tags, from which you can select one or more object tag values. The objects with the selected tag values applied are the basis for the widget data.

If you select more than one value for the same tag, the widget includes objects that have any of the tags applied.

If you use the Tag Picker to identify data, the Selected object text box remains empty.

Filter by

Limits the alerts that appear in this alert list to those that meet the selected criteria.

You can configure the following filters:

  • Type. Select the subtype in the type list. This value was assigned when you configured the alert definition.

  • Status. Select one or more alert states to include in the list.

  • User Control State. Select one or more control states to include in the list.

  • Criticality Level Range. Select one or more levels of criticality.

  • Alert Impact. Select one or more alert badges to include in the list.

  • Time Range. Select a general date range or configure a specific date range.