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An Introduction to Dashboards in VMware Aria Operations for Networks 6.9

Aria Operations of Networks 6.9 introduces a new Dashboard framework that enables you to create, view and manage dashboards within your setup.

If you like watching videos more than reading, check out the YouTube video below, where we explain the New Dashboard concepts followed by a demo of the functionality!

Demo Video Overview

The new Home Page consists of the default Dashboards as well as the Custom Dashboards, as seen in the screenshot below:

​ The default dashboard is the system-defined Dashboard which includes the Get Started page providing a high-level overview of what is happening in your entire data center. It also contains several widgets such as performance widgets, health widgets indicating the health of platform VMs, collector VMs and capacity, infrastructure alerts, insights, anomalies, and valuable quick links like exploring network maps or managing applications and others. 

The default dashboard list also includes Kubernetes and the SDWAN dashboards to get insights into your Kubernetes or SDWAN environments. Along with this, we also provide Custom dashboards that replace the existing Pinboard implementation. So, users can now create new custom dashboards in place of pinboards.

Manage Dashboard List

You can manage these dashboards using the Manage Dashboard List, where you pick and choose the dashboards you want to view upfront on the home page.

You can re-arrange the list of Dashboards, add the ones you want to view on the home page, and hide unnecessary ones.

​ There is a limit to setting up to 5 dashboards in the user view.

Creating Dashboards

There are 2 ways to make a Custom Dashboard:

Using the Create New Dashboard button on the homepage will take you to the widget library, which currently has 14 widgets relating to Network, Infrastructure & Get Started widgets. 

You can easily drag & drop the widgets from the library to create your Dashboard.

Another option is by Creating a Dashboard with a pinning flow, the same workflow we used for pinboards.

Editing a Dashboard

Clicking on the Edit button at the top of the Custom Dashboard will take you to the Widget Library, where you can remove or add any existing widgets from the Widget Library.

Once you make the changes to Dashboard, go ahead and save the changes.

You also have other options to Share, Delete, export the Dashboard to PDF, and duplicate to create a copy of it from the provided list, as seen below:

You can see a complete list of all the dashboards from the Menu -> Dashboards -> All Dashboards page.

As you can see, Dashboards are more powerful than Pinboards and have other advantages, like having access to Widget Library, where you can easily drag and drop the widgets from the library while creating or updating any dashboards. Right now, 14 default widgets are provided in the widget Library, but the list will grow with future releases, so we will have more widgets to pick from the list. We can also pin widgets to the Dashboard, which we build using custom search queries. The same workflow of pinning as we used to do with pinboards.

Another advantage is that the Custom Dashboards support the Dynamic rendering of data. I.e., a top talker widget pinned to the Custom Dashboard with a custom period will always render the data for the same time interval.

Custom Dashboards support both relative & absolute time rendering of data

The custom dashboard will guarantee you the time range based on the pinned time range


This post should give you a good understanding of how to configure Dashboards in Aria Operations for Networks. Please configure dashboards, thus providing complete insights into the applications and core infrastructure deployments to your end users/customers.

You can also learn more about other VMware Aria Operations for Networks features on TechZone !


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