Views & Dashboard are one of the most common reason for customers adopting vROps in their environment. Just by looking at it they can know the current status of their infrastructure and estimate their future projections. However vROps comes preloaded with various views & dashboard options but customers can always configure views of their choice which gives them more deep insides of their environment. In my today’s blog I’ll be concentrating on creating a View of your choice and then populating that view into custom dashboard so that relevant information is always ready to be viewed.
End Goal: We want to configure a custom view for Virtual Machines of vSphere cluster to see its CPU Demand (%). This view should also be available in vROps Dashboard which will show VM’s CPU demand in Descending order which means vm with higher demand is always placed at top.
- With this let’s jump into the view creation wizard. In order to create a custom view login to the vROps web console select Environment – View & + to create custom view (as shown in the figure) . Here you can give this view a name of your choice, a small Description can be give a quick information as to what this view will represent
- On the same wizard click Presentation – it will ask type of view customer want to configure for the information. There are couple of options available, in my case I would like to view it in List format so selected it. Also at bottom-left customer can select number of items that can be viewed in single page. If the environment is small then 50 is a decent number
- Third option is Subjects – here customer can define on which object this metrics will apply. Our end goal is to view virtual machine’s CPU demand (%) hence select the relevant adapter (e.g. vCenter Adapter) and then corresponding item i.e. on Virtual Machine
- Once subject is selected it is time to select the information (or metrics) customer wants to see in this view. Since we want to view CPU Demand (%) so double click on this item or drag-n-drop it to right-side pane so that it gets applied. At bottom-right side is the option to sort this information. As per the requirement we want to sort it in Descending order but there are other options available as well
- Here customer can select the Visibility type. In this wizard customer can choose if they want this metrics to be available to be seen inside dashboard or reports format. Let’s keep all three selected because later I’ll be showing you how to view the same view inside dashboard as well. Click on Save to close this wizard
- So far we have configured the View of our choice, now we have to apply this view to the desired cluster object in our environment. On left-side select Environment – vSphere Hosts and Clusters and keep expanding the drop down until we reach at the desired Cluster. On the right-side select Details tab & under All Filters search the name given to that view. It will appear in the middle pane of the console. Select the recently created view (in my case Custome_View_02). Once the desired view is selected on the bottom-left side we can see the list of virtual machines with their CPU demand (in descending order)
- Now to make this view available inside dashboard go to Home – select Actions – Create Dashboard
- It will open a new wizard under Dashboard Configuration, customer can provide name of their choice to this wizard and a small description for reference. If customers want to make this dashboard Default they can select below option, in my case I want to keep the default dashboard intact but to add this information into the default dashboard so I selected No
- Under Widget List drag-n-drop View to the right-side pane and click on edit button (as shown in figure)
- Clicking edit will open a new window where customer can provide title to this item. This title will be given to this view inside dashboard hence selecting a meaningful name is advised. Click Self Provider option as On to select the vSphere object on which this action will be applied. Select the appropriate vSphere cluster and search for the view which was created in previous steps. Click on the view and Save this wizard
- Once it is saved successfully go to Home and under dashboard tab look for the nam given to newly created dashboard. In this case the name given was Custome_Dashboard_02 – select this tab. Down below we can see the view containing the list of virtual machines and their CPU demand (%) in descending order. Notice the name of this view which was given in above step (%CPU Demand)
Like this any view of choice can be created and applied to the dashboard. This not only gives granular information about the underling infrastructure but also to make sure that most important is never missed.
With this I end this blog, till then Happy Reading….