vRealize Operations includes a broad set of simple to use, but customizable dashboards to get you started with monitoring your VMware environment. The predefined dashboards address several key questions including how you can troubleshoot your VMs, the workload distribution of your hosts, clusters, and datastores, the capacity of your data center, and information about the VMs. You can also view log details.

Each set of dashboards is complemented with a series of out-of-the-box customizable alerts and reports to assist with your operational awareness. Alerts, reports, and dashboards, each have a purpose with minimal overlap. Several activities that are carried out using alerts should be carried out using dashboards. Reports should be kept to a minimum as they are not interactive and do not provide timely information.

The following table details how alerts, dashboards, and reports are complimentary.

The graphic displays a table that details how alerts, dashboards, and reports compliment each other.

Insight vs Alerts

vRealize Operations dashboards support a concept we call insight. Insight complements alerts but does not replace it. Alerts miss the larger picture and only see what is triggered. For one object that reaches the threshold, there might be many just beneath the threshold. The objects below the threshold are called insight.

Alerts might auto-close if the symptoms disappear. Managing alerts is not the same as minimizing alerts. Minimizing alerts is about preventing alerts.

The graphic depicts alerts vs insights.

Working with Predefined Dashboards

The default dashboard that appears when you click Dashboards from the left menu is the Getting Started dashboard. You can close a dashboard from the left pane by selecting the dashboard and clicking the X icon. The dashboard you last opened is displayed the next time you navigate to Dashboards in the menu. If there is only one dashboard left in the left pane, you cannot close it.

To access the predefined dashboards, from the left menu, click Visualize > Dashboards.

To access the deprecated dashboards, from the left menu, click Visualize > Dashboards. From the Dashboards panel, select All > Deprecated.

You can customize dashboards and widgets if you have vRealize Operations Advanced edition or higher. Any customization you make is overwritten during upgrade and as a result, it is recommended that you back up your dashboards before an upgrade.