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

You edit a container details widget after you add it to a dashboard. You can configure the widget to take information from another widget in the dashboard and to analyze it. When you select Off from the Self Provider option and set source and receiver widgets in the Widget Interactions menu during editing of the dashboard, the receiver widget shows information about an object that you select from the source widget. For example, you can configure the Container Details widget to display information about an object that you select from the 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.

Container Details 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 .

Self Provider

Indicates whether the objects for which data appears in the widget are defined in the widget or provided by another widget.

On. You define the objects for which data appears in the widget.

Off. You configure other widgets to provide the objects to the widget using the dashboard widget interactions options.


You can change the size of the graph using the Compact or Large buttons.

Object tree

You can filter the list of objects in the object data grid. You can select one or more object types and all objects from this type are displayed in the data grid. For example, if you want to observe information about the VMs and vCenter Server in the inventory, you can click on Collapse All and select Virtual Machine and vCenter Server from the object tree . As a result, the data grid shows only VMs and vCenter Server objects from the inventory.

Object data grid

List of objects in your environment that you can search or sort by column so that you can locate the object on which you are basing the data that appears in the widget.

When you select an object from the list it appears in the selected object pane.


You can select to observe only one object from the inventory

Selected Object

Object that is the basis for the widget data.