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

You edit a container overview widget after you add it to a dashboard. You can configure the widget to display information about an object or to display information about all objects from an object type by using the Object or Object Type mode. The configuration options change depending on your selection of mode.

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 Overview Widget Configuration Options




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


Use Object to select an object from the environment to observe.

Use Object Type to select the type of the objects to observe.

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 .

Object tree

The object tree appears when you select Object from the Mode option. You can filter the list of objects in the object data grid. You can select one or more object types and the data grid displays all objects from the types. For example, if you want to observe information about the VMs and vCenter Server in the inventory, click Collapse All, expand Object Types in the object tree, and select Virtual Machine and vCenter Server. As a result, the data grid shows only VMs and vCenter Server objects from the inventory. You can deselect adapter types when you click Deselect All.

Object data grid


The object data grid exists when you select Object from the Mode option.

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 click an object from the list it appears in the Selected Objects pane. You can select multiple objects from the data grid when you mark objects in the list and click the Perform Multi-Select Interaction toolbar icon. To deselect an object or objects, click the Clear Selections toolbar icon.

Selected Object

The Selected Object pane appears when you select Object from the Mode option.

Object that is the basis for the widget data.

You can add an object when you select it first from the object data grid. You can remove an object from the list when you select an object and click the Delete Object toolbar icon.

Selected Object Type

Selected Object Type appears when you select Object Type from the Mode option. Selecting this option shows the type of the objects to observe.

Object Type list

Selected Object Type exists when you select Object Type from the Mode option. By default, the list shows all available object types in the environment. You can select a type when you click a type in the list. You can filter the types in the list by selecting a type from the Adapter Type drop-down menu or by using the Filter text box. You can remove filtering when you click the plus sign in the drop-down menu.