You can use the Property List widget to view the properties of objects and their values.

How the Property List Widget and Configuration Options Work

To observe the properties of objects in the Property List widget, you can select object property metrics when you configure the widget itself (Self Provider mode enabled) or you can select objects or object property metrics from another widget (Self Provider mode disabled). You can also view a default or custom set of properties by selecting a preconfigured XML file in the Metric Configuration drop-down list of the widget configuration window.

You edit a Property List widget after you add it to a dashboard. You can configure a widget to receive data from another widget by selecting Off for Self Provider mode. When the widget is not in Self Provider mode it displays a set of predefined properties and their values of an object that you select on the source widget. For example, you can select a host on a Topology widget and observe its properties in the Property List widget. To configure the Property List as a receiver widget that is on the same dashboard, use the Widget Interactions menu when you edit a dashboard. To configure a receiver widget that is on another dashboard, use the Dashboard Navigation menu when you edit a source dashboard.

Where You Find the Property 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.

To customize the data that appears in the dashboard widget, in the menu, click Dashboards. Click Actions > Create Dashboard/Edit Dashboard to add or edit a 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.

Property List Widget and Configuration Options

The Property List widget includes data grid options.

Option

Description

Object Name

Name of the object, whose properties you observe. You can sort the properties by object name. Click on an object name to open the Object Details page.

Property Name

Name of the property. You can sort the properties by property name.

Value

Value of the property. You can sort the properties by value.

The Property List widget includes 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.

Objects

  • Objects tree

    Use to filter objects in the object list data grid. For example, you can expand Object Types and select Virtual Machine to observe only VMs from your inventory in the object list data grid.

  • 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.

Properties Tree

Double-click a property of the object selected from the Object list to observe in the widget.

Selected Object

Object that is the basis for the widget data.