A widget is a pane on a dashboard that contains information about configured attributes, resources, applications, or the overall processes in your environment. Widgets can provide a holistic, end-to-end view of the health of all of the objects and applications in your enterprise. If your user account has the necessary access rights, you can add and remove widgets from your dashboards.

Table 1. Summary of Widgets

Widget Name


Alert List

Shows a list of alerts for the objects that the widget is configured to monitor. If no objects are configure, the list displays all alerts in your environment.

Alert Volume

Shows a trend report for the last seven days of alerts generated for the objects it is configured to monitor.


Shows a chart of the anomalies count for the past 6 hours.

Anomaly Breakdown

Shows the likely root causes for symptoms for a selected resource.

Capacity Remaining

Shows a percentage indicating the remaining computing resources as a percent of the total consumer capacity. It also displays the most constrained resource.

Container Details

Shows the health and alert counts for each tier in a single selected container.

Container Overview

Shows the overall health and the health of each tier for one or more containers.

Current Policy

Shows the highest priority policy applied to a custom group.

Data Collection Results

Shows a list of all supported actions specific for a selected object.

DRS Cluster Settings

Shows the workload of the available clusters and the associated hosts.


Shows the status of the efficiency-related alerts for the objects that it is configured to monitor. Efficiency is based on generated efficiency alerts in your environment.


Lists the number of resources by object or groups them by object type.

Environment Overview

Shows the performance status of objects in your virtual environment and their relationships. You can click an object to highlight its related objects and double-click an object to view its Resource Detail page.

Environment Status

Shows statistics for the overall monitored environment.


Shows a list of availability and configuration issues for a selected resource.


Shows how often a metric had a particular value, as a percentage of all values, within a given time period. It can also compare percentages for two time periods.


Shows where your objects are located on a world map, if your configuration assigns values to the Geo Location object tag.


Shows the status of the health-related alerts for the objects that it is configured to monitor. Health is based on generated health alerts in your environment.

Health Chart

Shows health information for selected resources, or all resources that have a selected tag.

Heat Map

Shows a heat map with the performance information for a selected resource.

Mashup Chart

Brings together disparate pieces of information for a resource. It shows a health chart and metric graphs for key performance indicators (KPIs). This widget is typically used for a container.

Metric Chart

Shows a chart with the workload of the object over time based on the selected metrics.

Metric Picker

Shows a list of available metrics for a selected resource. It works with any widget that can provide resource ID.

Object List

Shows a list of all defined resources.

Object Relationship

Shows the hierarchy tree for the selected object.

Object Relationship (Advanced)

Shows the hierarchy tree for the selected objects. It provides advanced configuration options.

Property List

Shows the properties and their values of an object that you select.

Recommended Actions

Displays recommendations to solve problems in your vCenter Server instances. With recommendations, you can run actions on your data centers, clusters, hosts, and virtual machines.


Shows the status of the risk-related alerts for the objects that it is configured to monitor. Risk is based on generated risk alerts in your environment.

Rolling View Chart

Cycles through selected metrics at an interval that you define and shows one metric graph at a time. Miniature graphs, which you can expand, appear for all selected metrics at the bottom of the widget.


Shows values for selected metrics, which are typically KPIs, with color coding for defined value ranges.

Scoreboard Health

Shows color-coded health, risk, and efficiency scores for selected resources.

Sparkline Chart

Shows graphs that contain metrics for an object . If all of the metrics in the Sparkline Chart widget are for an object that another widget provides, the object name appears at the top right of the widget.

Tag Picker

Lists all defined resource tags.

Text Display

Reads text from a Web page or text file and shows the text in the user interface.

Time Remaining

Shows a chart of the Time Remaining values for a specific resources over the past 7 days.

Top Alerts

Lists the alerts most likely to negatively affect your environment based on the configured alert type and objects.


Shows the top or bottom N number metrics or resources in various categories, such as the five applications that have the best or worst health.

Topology Graph

Shows multiple levels of resources between nodes.


Shows a defined view depending on the configured resource.

Weather Map

Uses changing colors to show the behavior of a selected metric over time for multiple resources.


Shows workload information for a selected resource.

Workload Pattern

Shows a historical view of the hourly workload pattern of an object.

Workload Utilization

Shows the workload utilization for objects so that you can identify problems with workload.