The Heat Map widget configuration options are used to customize each instance of the widget that you add to your dashboards.

You edit a Heat Map widget after you add it to a dashboard. The changes you make to the options create a custom widget that provides information about an individual object, a custom group of objects, or all the objects in your environment.

Heat Map Widget Configuration Options




Enter a custom title that identifies this widget from other instances that are based on the same widget template.

Refresh Content

Enable or disable the automatic refreshing of the data in this widget.

Refresh Interval

If you enable the Refresh Content option, specify how often to refresh the data in this widget .


List of saved Heat Map configuration options. You can create new configuration and save it in the list. From the options on the right, you can also delete, clone, and reorder the configurations.


Meaningful description of the widget.

Group by

First-level grouping of the objects in the heat map.

Then by

Second-level grouping of the objects in the heat map.


General mode

The widget shows a colored rectangle for each selected resource. The size of the rectangle indicates the value of one selected attribute. The color of the rectangle indicates the value of another selected attribute.

Instance mode

Each rectangle represents a single instance of the selected metric for a resource. A resource can have multiple instances of the same metric. The rectangles are all the same size. The color of the rectangles varies based on the instance value. You can use instance mode only if you select a single resource kind.

Object Type or Resource Kind

Object that is the basis for the widget data.

Size by

An attribute to set the size of the rectangle for each resource.

Resources that have higher values for the Size By attribute have larger areas of the widget display. You can also select fixed-size rectangles. In most cases, the attribute lists include only metrics that vRealize Operations Manager generates. If you select a resource kind, the list shows all of the attributes that are defined for the resource kind.

Color by

An attribute to set the color of the rectangle for each resource.


Shows the color range for high, intermediate and low values. You can set each color and type minimum and maximum color values in the Min Value and Max Value text boxes.

If you leave the text boxes blank, vRealize Operations Manager maps the highest and lowest values for the Color By metric to the end colors. If you set a minimum or maximum value, any metric at or beyond that value appears in the end color.


The widget shows information only for the that meet the filter conditions.