You use the Environment Overview and List to examine the status of the badges as they relate to the objects in your environment hierarchy, and determine which objects are in a critical state for a particular badge. To view the relationships between your objects to determine whether an ancestor object that has a critical problem might be causing problems with the descendants of the object, you use the Environment Map.

As you click each of the badges in the Environment Overview, you see that several objects are experiencing critical problems with health, workload, and faults. Others are reporting critical risk status, and many are in critical time remaining and capacity remaining states.

Several objects are experiencing stress. You notice that you can reclaim capacity from multiple virtual machines and a host system, but the overall efficiency status for your environment displays no problems.

Examine the status of your objects in views and heatmaps. See User Scenario: Examine the Environment Details.


Click Environment > vSphere Hosts and Clusters > USA-Cluster.


Examine the USA-Cluster environment overview to evaluate the badge states of the objects in a hierarchical view.


In the inventory tree, click USA-Cluster, and click Environment > Overview.


On the Badge toolbar, click through the badges and look for red icons to identify critical problems.


Evaluation Process

Status icons

When the status of my object is critical, what must I do to resolve the problem?

How can I be notified before serious problems occur?

Badges: Health, Workload, Anomalies, and Faults

How might the health and workload of my host systems be affecting my virtual machines?

Are anomalies and faults on my host systems and virtual machines affecting other objects?

Badges: Risk, Time Remaining, Capacity Remaining, Stress

How does the stress level of my cluster and host systems affect the virtual machines descendants?

Badges: Efficiency, Reclaimable Capacity, Density

To improve efficiency, how can I reclaim capacity from the cluster, host systems, resource pool, and virtual machines, and apply the reclaimed capacity to other objects in my environment?

As you click through the badges, you notice that your vCenter Server and other top level objects appear to be healthy, but you see that a host system and several virtual machines are in a critical state for health, workload, and faults. Several objects also have critical problems with time remaining and capacity remaining.


Hover your mouse over the red icon for the host system to display the IP address.


Enter the IP address in the search text box, and click the link that appears.

The host system is highlighted in the inventory tree. You can then look for recommendations or alerts for the host system on the Summary tab.


Examine the environment list and view the badge status for your objects to determine which objects are in a critical state.


Click Environment > List.


Examine the badge states for the objects in USA-Cluster.


Click the Capacity Remaining badge column name to sort the object list and display the objects that are in a critical state.

Many of the objects that are at risk for capacity remaining also display critical states for time remaining, risk, and health. You notice that multiple virtual machines and a host system named w2-vropsqe2-009 are critically affected. Because the host system is experiencing the most critical problems, and is likely affecting other objects, you must focus on resolving the problems with the host system.


Click the host system named w2-vropsqe2-009, which is in a critical state, to locate it in the inventory tree.


Click w2-vropsqe2-009 in the inventory tree, and click the Summary tab to look for recommendations and alerts so that you can take action.


Examine the environment map.


Click Environment > Map.


In the inventory tree, click USA-Cluster, and view the map of related objects.

In the relationship map, you can see that the USA-Cluster has an ancestor data center, one descendant resource pool, and two descendant host systems.


Click the host system named w2-vropsqe2-009.

The types and numbers of descendant objects for this host system appear in the list below. Use the descendant object list identify all of the objects related objects to the host system that might be experiencing problems.

Take action in the user interface to resolve the problems.