vC Ops Custom UI is not empty by default!

I was recently talking with someone about the Custom UI in vC Ops.  They were only using the vSphere UI part of vC Ops and they were happy with it but wanted more ‘power’.  They thought it was in the Custom UI but did not want to hire anyone to create stuff in that UI for them.  I mentioned I thought in vC Ops 5.7 they had started to include a few sample Custom UI dashboards but I was told no, they had not done that.  I thought I might be wrong as sometimes I thought stuff came out in one version but it actually came out in a different version.  I used to hang around with one of the very cool guys in vC Ops (yes Sam, that is you!) and so maybe I made a mistake on this.  So when I was back in my lab I checked.  And wow, what a great collection of stuff the vC Ops Custom UI has.  Check out these screenshots.  Click to get a better / bigger picture.

VM Performance dashboard

VM Performance dashboard

So a pretty good view of performance without any work – right?

And what about this one?

VM Utilization

VM Utilization

Now in the next one there is something different.  In between the previous image, and the next one, I installed the Management Pack for Storage devices (reported in this – will need to scroll down to find it) so you see more available dashboards.  I cannot show you much for this as I currently don’t fit all the requirements for that to work.  But I suspect many companies will so it is very cool and also free.

Troubleshooting dashboard

Troubleshooting dashboard

A lot of info that will definitely help you understand things.  It will take a little bit of practice and playing to really understand all you can do on this screen.  But again it is there without you making it!

Host Utilization

Host Utilization

I really like this one.  If your host shows in more than a couple of these boxes it really tells you something!

Datastore Performance

Datastore Performance

I have a mix of inexpensive, expensive, and more expensive storage.  And their capabilites are sort of matched to that scale too.  So this has an interesting view.

Storage Troubleshooting

Storage Troubleshooting

This is a new screen to me, one I have not seen or used before.  But it looks interesting and powerful.

There are other screens I did not show, but I think I proved there is a bunch of dashboards in the Custom UI that no one needs to create, but yet are ready to use and can do useful stuff.

I think everyone will agree that vC Ops is a little complex, but also that it is powerful.  So if you put time and effort into it you will get something out of it!  BTW, you can find some good video training here.  It is for an older version but will still help you learn.

Michael

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One comment on “vC Ops Custom UI is not empty by default!
  1. Sunny Dua says:

    Some more details on what these out of the box custom dashboards show:-

    http://vxpresss.blogspot.in/2013/10/preview-of-custom-dashboards-available.html

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