You use the Object List widget configuration options to customize each instance of the widget that you add to your dashboards.

You edit an Object List widget after you add it to a dashboard. Configuration of the widget enables you to observe parent and child objects. You can configure the widget to display the child objects of an object selected from another widget, for example, another Object List or Object Relationship widget, in the same dashboard.

To customize the data that appears in the dashboard widget, click Content in the left pane, and click Dashboards. On the Dashboards toolbar, click the plus sign to add a dashboard or the pencil to edit the selected dashboard. In the Dashboard workspace, on the left, click Widget List, and drag a widget to the right pane of the dashboard. On the title bar of the selected widget, click the pencil to access the configuration options.

Object List 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.

If not enabled, the widget is updated only when the dashboard is opened or when you click the Refresh button on the widget in the dashboard.

Refresh Interval

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


You can select the Self, Children , or Parent mode of the widget in the dashboard. For example, you can add two Object List widgets to a dashboard, with names Object List 1 and Object List 2. You can configure Object List 1 as a sender and Object List 2 as a receiver in the Widget Interactions option when you edit the dashboard. If Object List 2 is in self mode and you select an object from Object List 1, Object List 2 displays information only for the object that you selected. If you select parent mode for Object List 1 and children mode for Object List 2, the Object List 2 widget displays only children objects of an object that you select from Object List 1. For example, if you select host system from Object List 1, the Object List 2 widget displays all VMs on this host.

Auto Select First Row

Determines whether to start with the first row of data.

Select which tags to filter

Selects an object or objects from an object tree to observe. For example, to observe information about the VMs and vCenter Server in the inventory, you must click Collapse All and select Virtual Machine and vCenter Server under Object Types .

Additional Column

Adds columns with metrics that are specific for each object to the data grid.

To add a metric, click Pick Metrics to go to the Pick Metrics with Object Type dialog box . You can explore available metrics for an object type and select a metric.

Object Types pane - Use to select the object type from the tree with object types. Metrics in Metric Picker Tree depend on your selection of an object type.

Adapter Type drop-down menu - Use to filter objects in the list based on an adapter that they use. All available adapter types are selected by default. You can select a concrete type using drop-down menu. You can select all adapter types using the close sign next to the drop-down.

Metric Picker - Use to select one or more metrics to observe. The metrics list is different for each object depending on its type and its instance. Each metric that you select is added to the Selected Metrics data grid.

Perform Multi-Select Interaction - Use to select several metrics from the metrics tree.

Select Object - Use to select an object to pick-up metrics.

Selected Metrics - Use to remove selected metric, sort the metrics, reorder them and manipulate the data grid columns.