The current policy widget displays the active operational policy that is assigned to your object or object group. vRealize Operations Manager uses the assigned policy to analyze your objects, control the data that is collected from those objects, generate alerts when problems occur, and display the results in the dashboards.

How the Current Policy Widget and Configuration Options Works

You add the Current Policy widget to a dashboard so that you can quickly see which operational policy is applied to an object or object group. To add the widget to a dashboard, you must have access permissions associated with the roles assigned to your user account. When you select an object in the Object List on the dashboard, the widget displays the policy associated with that object.

After you add the Current Policy widget to a dashboard, you click the pencil on the widget toolbar to edit the widget and configure the information to view in the widget. The changes that you make to the widget, including the Self Provider setting, and whether you select an object in the widget when you edit it, creates a custom instance of the widget that you use in your dashboard to identify the current policy assigned to an object or object group.

Where You Find the Current Policy 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.

The Current Policy widget includes toolbar options to collapse, edit, get help, and close the widget. To add the Current Policy widget to a dashboard, you create or edit a dashboard, click the widget in the widget list, and drag it to the dashboard workspace. After you add the widget to the dashboard, you configure the widget.

With the Current Policy widget configured, when you select an object on the dashboard, such as in the Object List widget, the policy applied to the object appears in the Current Policy widget, with an embedded link to the policy details. To display the inherited and local settings for the applied policy, click the link.

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. Toggle between the Views and Widgets option to view and add a widget to the dashboard. In the widgets list panel, you will see a list of all the predefined widgets. Drag a widget to the dashboard workspace in the upper panel. On the title bar of the selected widget, click the Edit Widget icon to access the configuration options.

The Current Policy widget requires you to either set the widget to be a Self Provider or to configure the widget interactions so that the widget receives the data required to indicate the policy that is applied to an object.

  • To set the Current Policy widget as a self provider, you edit the widget configuration and select Self Provider.

  • To have an object, such as the Object List widget, provide data to the Current Policy wizard on a dashboard, when you create or edit the dashboard, you click Widget Interactions, and select an object in the workspace to provide data to the Current Policy wizard.

See Widget Interactions.

Current Policy Widget Configuration and Data Grid Options

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




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.

For example, to view the policy applied to each object that you select in the Object List widget, for Self Provider you would select Off.

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.

Per Page

Number of objects to view on each page.


Locate data in the widget.


Operational policy applied to the object or object group.


Object or object group name.


Object or object group description.

Adapter Type

Adapter to which the object applies.

Object Type

Object type or object group type.


Name of the policy applied to the object or object group.

Creation Time

Date and time that the policy was created.

Maintenance Schedule

Date and time to perform maintenance tasks, if defined for the policy. vRealize Operations Manager does not collect metrics or calculate analytics during maintenance times.

Identifiers 1-5

Unique identifier for each object. These identifiers imply relationships between objects.

  • Identifier 1. Object name, which is the same as Name, and can include the full domain name.

  • Identifier 2. Object or object group identifier, including the type and number for each object such as a virtual machine, datacenter, host, and so on.

  • Identifier 3. Specific object identifier, or long identifier.

  • Identifier 4. Long identifier.

  • Identifier 5. IP address of the object.

Object Flag

Indicates the state of the object. For example: Normal.

Collection State

Indicates the state of vRealize Operations Manager collecting data from objects.

Collection Status

Indicates the status of the collection.