Wednesday, March 19, 2014

vCOPs Custom UI Dashboarding

The vCenter Operations role-based Custom UI dashboards provide real-time information regarding the health of all aspects of the IT landscape such as applications, technology silos, individual resources, and even the normal behavior of individual metrics.

These visual panels, or 'widgets', can be combined to form any number of interactive Dashboards using drag-and-drop interaction. Authorized users can design new Dashboards, publish them to users or create templates that can be optionally shared with others.

When this visual flexibility is combined with vCOPs ability to analyze performance data, the result is impactful business insight and value to your internal IT partners.

The vCOPs Customer UI, which is only available in the vCOPs advanced and enterprise editions, can be reached by https://[machine]/vcops-custom. When you log into the Custom UI dashboard it is blank, the only thing that is added is vCenter Operations manager itself, you need to build-out the dashboard for it to provide specific information. 

For example, you might be asked to create a custom dashboard for the vSphere Admin so that they can understand the health of the environment while keeping an eye on performance issues and faults. 

Alternatively, you may be tasked with creating a custom dashboard for a CIO that wants a view into the health of the infrastructure. In addition to the overall health of the infrastructure, you want to provide him with information on certain business applications that are critical to the organization.

This is where the rubber meets the road; you are able to create insight into the health and performance of the application tiers that are important to the bottom-line of the business. Essentially, you are becoming a strategic partner to your IT business leadership.

Dashboard Tools allow you to Edit an existing Dashboard, Clone an existing Dashboard, set Interactions between the Widgets, Delete your Dashboard, Create Template which allows you to capture their dashboard, save it and allow others to utilize the layout and Share. One thing to note here is that if you want to share your dashboard and allow changes, you’ll want to create a template versus sharing the dashboard. 

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