VROPS 7.5 Dashboard Creation

Getting to the NEW Dashboard Creation Canvas

The dashboard action menu has several options. Notably you can edit, delete, Set as Default and Home Page, as well as create a new dashboard using the new dashboard creation canvas.

The new dashboard creation canvas allows you to quickly create new dashboards in vROps by simply dragging and dropping widgets onto the design canvas.

Dashboard Creation Canvas

The new dashboard creation canvas allows you to quickly create new dashboards in vROps by simply dragging and dropping widgets onto the design canvas.

You are now on the new dashboard creation canvas. Here you can easily drag and drop any of the 44 widgets and 6 views that are available out-of-the-box with vRealize Operations 7.0.

Creating a Dashboard with the New Canvas

Let’s make a dashboard that shows a set of virtual machines that are used for nightly batch processing. In this dashboard, we will use a Heatmap widget, an Object Relationship widget, and a Metric Chart widget.

Configuring Widgets and Views on the Canvas

When you select a widget for editing you will be brought to the widget and views edit screen. Here you can edit all the widgets and views you have put on the canvas in one place.

Configure the Heatmap Widget

First, we will configure the heatmap to show our batch system virtual machines sized by CPU Usage (%) and also colored by CPU Usage (%). Then we will filter to only show the virtual machines that are in the Batch Systems folder we have in vCenter. Finally, we will name this widget Batch Systems by CPU Usage.

Configure the Metrics View Widget

Now we will configure the metrics list widget to show a line graph for CPU Usage (%), Free Memory (MB), and File System Utilization (%). Name this widget Batch System Performance.

Let’s set the first metric to show CPU Usage (%).

You will notice in the above image that you can now set SLA indicators in the metrics widget. This is just one example of enhancements to the widgets and views available in vRealize Operations 7.0. In this example, I am setting the thresholds at Yellow=60%, Orange=70%, and Red=80%.

Let’s set the second metric to show Guest | Free Memory (MB) over the given period of time.

Again, you will notice that we set the SLA threshold indicators for yellow, orange, and red as yellow=20(MB), orange=10(MB), red=5(MB).

Let’s set the third metric to show Guest File System| Utilization (%).

Finally, we set our last metric line chart for storage utilization including our SLA threshold to yellow=70(%), orange=80(%), red=90(%).

Configure the Object Relationship Widget

For the tree view widget, we only need to change its name to “Batch System Relationship.”

Creating Relationships Between the Widgets

Now that we have our three widgets on the canvas and configured, we need to make them interact with each other so that when you select a virtual machine on the heatmap, it will show you (1) the performance metrics in the metrics view, and (2) its relationships to other components in the object relationship widget. Select Show Interactions.

On the interaction screen, you will see your widgets now have a couple symbols on them. These are the connector icons that allow you to create interactions between widgets and view on the canvas. Below is a legend of the connector icons.

Make the Dashboard Interact

As you can see from the above image, creating interactions between widgets and views is simple – just drag and drop the connector icons from the heatmap widget to the metrics and object relationship widgets. You can also drag the metric connector to the Metric Chart widget to ensure the metric you used for the heatmap is also displayed.

You can also create interactions to other dashboards easily by selecting the “Select Another Dashboard” link and selecting the dashboard you want to interact with.

In the above example, we are going to have the out-of-the-box Troubleshoot a VM dashboard display information about the virtual machine you selected in the heatmap widget in your custom dashboard. This gives you the ability to create a workflow between dashboards to help quickly troubleshoot the collective batch system and then drill into a specific virtual machine for more in-depth troubleshooting.

Name Your New Custom Dashboard

Now that you have created your dashboard by dragging the widgets onto the canvas, configured the widgets, and created interactions between the widgets and another dashboard, it’s time to name and save our dashboard.

Above you can see we have named our new dashboard “Tier 1 Batch System.” Now click the Save button in the upper center of the Dashboard Creation Canvas.

Now you can see your new Batch System dashboard in the list of dashboards you have access to within vRealize Operations.

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