Top alerts are the alerts with the greatest significance on the objects it is configured to monitor in vRealize Operations Manager. These are the alerts most likely to negatively affect your environment and you should evaluate and address them.

How the Top Alerts Widget and Configuration Options Work

You can add the top alerts widget to one or more custom dashboards and configure it to display data that is important to different dashboard users. The data that appears in the widget is based on the configured options for each widget instance.

You edit a top alerts widget after you add it to a dashboard. The changes you make to the options help create a custom widget to meet the needs of the dashboard users.

Where You Find the Top Alerts 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. 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.

Top Alerts Data and Configuration Options

The top alerts include the short description of alerts configured for the widget. The alert name opens a secondary window from which you can link to the alert details. In the alert details, you can begin resolving the alerts.

Table 1. Top Alerts Widget Options



Alert name

Name of the generated alert. Click the name to open the alert details.

Alert description

Number of affected objects, and the number of recommendations and the best recommendation to resolve the alert.

Table 2. Top Alerts Configuration Options




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.

Show Alerts On

Select one of the following options to specify the relationship of the objects that populate the widget data to the selected object.

  • Selected Object. The widget data is based only on the selected object.

  • Descendants Only. The widget data is based only on the descendant objects, not the selected object.

  • Both. The widget data includes both the selected object and the descendant objects.

Impacted Badge

Select the badge for which you want alerts to appear.

The affected badge is configured when you configure the alert definition.

Number of Alerts

Select the maximum number of alerts to display in the widget.


Object that is the basis for the widget data.

This text box is populated by the object you select in the Objects list.

Objects 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.