Part 4: vCOps Custom UI – Customizing the Health-Workload Scoreboard Widget
Part 4 of the series will go into detail about how to configure the ‘Health-Workload Scoreboard’ widget with the vCenter Operations Manager Custom UI. This, as others, will help in you creating your custom dashboards for quick references for specific systems and/or environments. The ‘Health-Workload Scoreboard’ widget allows you to quickly view the Health, or workload, score of the selected resources. As with other widgets, the icons are color coded based on their values. Remember that for Health, 100 = Green while 0 = Red while the opposite is true for workload where 100 = Red and 0 = Green. Below are a few examples and details on configuration.
Example from VMware:
Example configured below:
1) On the custom dashboard you wish to add the Health-Workload Scoreboard widget on, click Edit under the Dashboard Tools options. Drag and drop the Health-Workload Scoreboard widget from the left column over to the right. Click Ok.
2) You should now have a blank Health-Workload Scoreboard widget on the dashboard. Let’s get some data in there and put it to work. Click the ‘Edit Widget‘ icon (that little Gear icon in the top right).
3) Now that you’re in the ‘Edit ‘Scoreboard Health widget’ screen (yeah…the name isn’t quite consistent here) you can start making your configurations. Like most of the other widgets, select your Resource Tags on the left which choosing your desired resources on the right. You can double-click each resource or simply highlight multiple resources and click the “Perform Multi-Select Interaction” icon to move them all to the bottom. Displayed below is a screenshot of the configurations and a few notes. As always. important (required) values are highlighted with red arrows. Click Ok when done.
- Widget Title: Title displayed on the widget within the Live Dashboard
- Self Provider: Set to “ON” if the widget will reach out pull it’s own data without having to click on another widget first.
- Refresh Widget Content: Choose to automatically refresh the data for you.
- Widget Refresh Interval: Time (in seconds) to automatically refresh the displayed data.
- Image Type: Choose the Icon shape that displays for each resource.
- Metric: Simply choose Health or Find a specific Workload metric from the drop-down list (there are literally 100s to choose from).
The screenshot above displays all the configurations used that creates the live widget as shown below.
You should have now a completely configured Health-Workload Scoreboard widget displaying your data. If you selected the Health metric, the threshold colors are based on the “Global” settings rather than individual settings for this particular widget. Those can be modified under Admin –> Global Settings –> Health States – but remember that modifying this will affect more than just this individual widget.
A few other points of interest here on the Health-Workload Scoreboard widget:
- Details: To view details of a resource you can double click anywhere within that resources history or health badge.
- Groups: In the standard UI you can create groups of servers (ie web servers, database servers, Exchange, Sharepoint, etc) and select the group as a whole as a resource.