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Hi folks,

Welcome to the latest tip in our vCenter Operations Management Tech Tips series!

So far, we have given you the tools to make better use of your vCenter Operations Manager. By following the steps in the previous videos (check out Tips #1, #2, and #3) you will be able to build business applications, better label your resources through tag groups and apply your key performance indicators to better meet your SLAs. In the next few videos we will use the results of these efforts to create custom dashboards.

vCenter Operations Manager gives you the ability to view your data the way you want to see it to best meet your business and technical needs. Dashboards are made up of widgets which provide different types of functionality (Examples of widgets include Alarm, Heat-Map, Resource, Metric Drill Down and Application Overview widgets). Each widget can be configured to further customize the data or show it in different ways; for instance in the Metric widget we can show single, split or stacked graphs. Widgets can also be set to listen in context or interact with other widgets which creates a dashboard that will change to provide you the information you need as you use it. Finally, dashboards themselves can be assigned to certain users to provide visualizations for specific groups or personnel.

Dashboards can be built to better view a business service, look for specific problems, provide an overview of a certain set of resources, provide specific views for particular personas, etc. We will explore different iterations of each of these in the next few videos.

In today’s video, with Tech Tip #4, we will use the data extracted from vCenter Server to create a unique dashboard for the vCenter Administrator. This dashboard will provide them with an overview of the virtualized environment but also come with the necessary drill down capabilities needed to help the resolve issues.

Hope you found the above Tech Tip useful! And if this whetted your appetite for something more heavy duty, we do have more vCenter Operations Manager documentationavailable for you.

Please send us your feedback and comments about these videos and this series below, as well as requests for videos on other topics. And yes, follow us on twitter @vcenterops.

Thanks for reading!

Himanshu (@himanshuks)