If no predefined heat map shows the information that you want to see, you can define a custom heat map. You can select the objects and metrics it tracks, the colors it uses, and the end points for its value range.

Where You Find the Heat Map Configuration Workspace

Select Environment in the left pane and select an object from an inventory tree. On the Details tab, select Heat Maps. On the Heat Maps tab, click the plus sign to create a custom heat map.

Table 1. Heat Map Configuration Options




  • Add a configuration.

  • Edit a custom configuration.

  • Delete selected configuration.

  • Clone selected configuration.


Meaningful description of the heat map.

Group by

First-level grouping of the objects in the heat map.

Then by

Subgroups of the first-level object groups in the heat map.


General Mode

The heat map shows a colored rectangle for each selected object. The size of the rectangle indicates the value of one selected attribute. The color of the rectangle indicates the value of another selected attribute.

Instance Mode

Each rectangle represents a single instance of the selected metric for an object. A resource can have multiple instances of the same metric. The rectangles are all the same size. The color of the rectangles varies based on the instance value. You can use instance mode only if you select a single object kind.

Size by

Attribute to set the size of the rectangle for each object. Objects that have higher values for the Size by attribute have larger areas of the heat map display. You can also select fixed-size rectangles. In most cases, the attribute lists include only metrics that vRealize Operations Manager generates. If you select an object kind, the list shows all the attributes that are defined for the object type.

Color by

Determines the color of the rectangle for each object.


Shows the color range for high, intermediate, and low values. You can set each color and type minimum and maximum color values in the Min Value and Max Value text boxes.

If you leave the text boxes blank, vRealize Operations Manager maps the highest and lowest values for the Color By metric to the end colors. If you set a minimum or maximum value, any metric at or beyond that value appears in the end color.