Use the Environment tab to examine the status of the three badges as they relate to the objects in your environment hierarchy. You can then determine which objects are in a critical state for a particular badge. To view the relationships between your objects to determine whether an ancestor object that has a critical problem might be causing problems with the descendants of the object, use All Metrics > Show Object Relationship.

As you click each of the badges in the Environment tab, you see that several objects are experiencing critical problems with health. Others are reporting critical risk status.

Several objects are experiencing stress. You notice that you can reclaim capacity from multiple virtual machines and a host system, but the overall efficiency status for your environment displays no problems.


Examine the status of your objects in views and heat maps. See Examine the Environment Details.


  1. Click Environment > vSphere Hosts and Clusters > USA-Cluster.
  2. Examine the USA-Cluster environment overview to evaluate the badge states of the objects in a hierarchical view.
    1. In the inventory tree, click USA-Cluster, and click the Environment tab.
    2. On the Badge toolbar, click through the three badges - Health, Risk, and Efficiency - and look for red icons to identify critical problems.

      As you click through the badges, you notice that your vCenter Server and other top-level objects appear to be healthy. However, you see that a host system and several virtual machines are in a critical state for health, risk, and efficiency.

    3. Point to the red icon for the host system to display the IP address.
    4. Enter the IP address in the search text box, and click the link that appears.

      The host system is highlighted in the inventory tree. You can then look for recommendations or alerts for the host system on the Summary tab.

  3. Examine the environment list and view the badge status for your objects to determine which objects are in a critical state.
    1. Click the Environment tab.
    2. Examine the badge states for the objects in USA-Cluster.
    3. Many of the objects display critical states for risk and health. You notice that multiple virtual machines and a host system named w2-vropsqe2-009 are critically affected. Because the host system is experiencing the most critical problems, and is likely affecting other objects, you must focus on resolving the problems with the host system.
    4. Click the host system named w2-vropsqe2-009, which is in a critical state, to locate it in the inventory tree.
    5. Click w2-vropsqe2-009 in the inventory tree, and click the Summary tab to look for recommendations and alerts to act on.
  4. Examine the relationship map.
    1. Click All Metrics > Show Object Relationship.
    2. In the inventory tree, click USA-Cluster, and view the map of related objects.

      In the relationship map, you can see that the USA-Cluster has an ancestor data center, one descendant resource pool, and two descendant host systems.

    3. Click the host system named w2-vropsqe2-009.

      The types and numbers of descendant objects for this host system appear in the list following. Use the descendant object list identify all the objects related to the host system that might be experiencing problems.

What to do next

Use the user interface to resolve the problems.