The VM dashboard focuses on highlighting the key configurations of the virtual machines in your environment. You can use this dashboard to find inconsistencies in configuration within your virtual machines and take quick remedial measures. You can safeguard the applications which are hosted on these virtual machines by avoiding potential issues due to misconfigurations.

Some of the basic problems the dashboard focuses on includes identifying VMs running on older VMware tools versions, VMware tools not running, or virtual machines running on large disk snapshots. VMs with such symptoms can lead to potential performance issues and hence it is important that you ensure that they do not deviate from the defined standards. This dashboard includes a predefined Virtual Machine Inventory Summary report which you can use to report the configurations highlighted in this dashboard for quick remediation.

You can use the dashboard widgets in several ways.

  • Use the Large VMs widgets to view graphical representations of VMs that have a large CPU, RAM, and disk space.

  • Guest OS Distribution: Use this widget to view a break up of the different flavors of operating systems you are running.

  • Guest Tools Version and Guest Tools Status: Use these widgets to identify if you have inconsistent or older version of VMware tools which might lead to performance issues.

  • View the VMs with limits, large snapshots, orphaned VMs, VMs with more than one NIC, and VMs with a nonstandard operating system. These VMs have a performance impact on the rest of the VMs in your environment even though they do not fully use their allocated resources.

You can customize the views in the widgets.

  1. Click the Edit Widget icon from title bar of the widget. The Edit widget dialog box is displayed.

  2. From the Views section, click the Edit View icon. The Edit View dialog box is displayed.

  3. Click the Presentation option in the left pane and make the required modifications.