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VCOPS: Automatic dashboard switching

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There was a nice question on the VCOPS forum today about having a big screen and rotating through custom dashboards automatically. Custom dashboards is a 'Advanced/Enterprise' feature, and I think you cannot live without them. You can make them switch to other dashboards automatically.

Click 'Dashboards -> Reorder Tabs...'

From there you can configure which tab should be displayed for a certain amount of seconds and to which dashboard to jump to. Make sure you jump back to the first dashboard from the last to create an infinite loop.

Here is an example where I loop between three dashboards VM-, Host- and Cluster Utilization, displaying it for 10 seconds and then switch to the next.

Quite easy. Once configured and opening one of the dashboards, it starts to switch between dashboards automatically. You can temporary pause the switching by clicking the added 'pause' button next to 'Dashboard Tools' in the top:

Also make sure you disable the UI timeout, check out this post to configure the UI Timeout: VCOPS: UI session timeout.

 

VCOPS Standard

Foundation and standard license doesn't provide the custom dashboards, however, there are some 'browser' tricks. By opening multiple tabs to certain pages and a automatic tab rotator you can also switch between those. Depending on your browser you can use:

Chrome: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/revolver-tabs/dlknooajieciikpedpldejhhijacnbda

Firefox: https://addons.mozilla.org/nl/firefox/addon/tab-rotator/

And you shouldn't use IE anyway Wink.

Also Alexander Dimitrov noted you would need an auto refresher to update the page. Check out this thread: http://communities.vmware.com/message/2076413#2076413

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