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

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. The widgets list panel displays a list of all the predefined widgets. Drag a widget to the dashboard workspace in the upper panel.

Workload Utilization Widget Toolbar Options

On the title bar of the widget, click the Show Toolbar icon to access the toolbar options.

Option Description

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.

Workload Utilization Widget Configuration Options

On the title bar of the widget, click the Edit Widget icon to configure the widget.

The configuration options are grouped into one or more sections. You can select the objects on which you want to base the widget data and refine the objects in the following sections. Each section filters the objects further and pushes the filtered objects to the next section. The widget data is based on the objects that are the output of the last section.

The Configuration section provides general configuration options for the widget.

The Input Data section provides options to specify input for the widget. This section appears when the widget is in self provider mode.

Option Description

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.
Input Data
Select Object

Your inventory 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.