The Workload Utilization widget displays a visual summary of the workload resources used by the objects in your environment.

How the Workload Utilization Widget and Configuration Options Work

Use the Workload Utilization widget to identify which workload objects are underutilized and overutilized.

You can add the Workload Utilization widget to one or more custom dashboards and configure it to display data that is important to the dashboard users.

Where You Find the Workload Utilization 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, click Content in the left pane, and click Dashboards. On the Dashboards toolbar, click the plus sign to add a dashboard or the pencil 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 pencil to access the configuration options.

Workload Utilization Widget and Configuration Options

The Workload Utilization widget includes toolbar and configuration options.




Displays the available actions for a specific object. For example, if you select the host object icon, the Action icon is enabled and displays all the available actions you can carry out. Some of the options are: Power Off VM, Power On VM, and so on . The actions displayed change based on the type of object you select.

The button is dimmed when actions are not available for an object you select.

Constrained by

Sorts the objects in the chart based on a metric you select. For example, if you select CPU Demand, all the objects constrained by CPU demand are displayed in the chart.

You can sort the chart based on options like: CPU, CPU Demand, Memory, Memory Consumed, and vSphere Configuration Limit.

Reset to initial object

Displays the original view of the chart.




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.

Select Object

Your inventory explorer where you can locate the object on which you are basing the data that appears in the widget.

Object Type

Select specific object types to see in the charts. Press Ctrl+click to select multiple object types. If you leave the object type deselected, you see all base object children in the charts.