Customizing the Commander Display

In this topic:

Adding, removing, or rearranging table columns

Some tables in Commander are interactive, and you can add and remove columns, as well as move the position of columns in tables.

Access through:

Views > Inventory > Infrastructure, Applications, or Storage

Available to:

All Roles

To add, remove, or rearrange table columns in an Inventory views page:

  1. Place the cursor anywhere on the table, right-click and choose Pick Columns as shown below.

    Pick Columns

  2. In the Column Selection dialog, move any columns that you what to display to the Shown Columns section, and adjust the order in which they are listed. The position in which columns are listed in this section will be the position that they're displayed in Commander tables.
  3. In the Column Selection dialog, move any columns that you what to display to the Shown Columns section.

    The order of the columns in the Shown Columns section is also the order in which they'll be displayed in Commander tables. Move the entries up or down as you want.

  4. Click OK when you're done.

    To restore the default view, right-click the table and choose Reset Columns.

    For a list of all supported properties, see Properties Reference.

Choosing categories of VM columns to display

Commander includes several predefined sets of columns for VMs. You can choose specific column sets to view different types of data for the VMs.

Access through:

Views > Inventory > Infrastructure or Applications

Available to:

All Roles

To choose different VM data columns to display:

  1. From the Inventory tree, select the Virtual Machines tab.
  2. From the Column Set drop-down menu, select a predefined column set type.

    The example below shows the column sets available from the Virtual Machines Tab.

    column-categories

Displaying properties

On the Summary pages for resources such as VMs, virtual services, resource pools, hosts, clusters, datacenters, folders, and managed systems, a number of properties and attributes can be displayed. You can customize which properties you want to display and the order in which they are displayed.

For a list of all supported properties, see Properties Reference.

Access through:

Views > Inventory > Infrastructure, Applications, or Storage

Available to:

All Roles

To set which resource properties and attributes to display:

  1. On the Summary page, beside Details, click Pick Properties.
  2. In the Property Selection dialog, use the middle buttons to add and remove displayed properties or to change the position of the properties, then click OK when you're done.

    To restore the default properties, click Reset to default.

Customizing available VM actions

When you select a resource from the Infrastructure, Applications, or Storage view, the actions that you can perform on that resource are accessed through the Actions drop-down list. The Actions drop-down list is available on any of the Infrastructure, Applications, or Storage view pages.

For VMs, many actions may be available. However, if there are some actions that you frequently use or that are particularly important, you can add them as "quick actions" to the top of the Actions drop-down list. For example, if you add "Request Service Change" as a quick action, you won't have go to Actions > Configuration Management > Request Service Change whenever you request a service change for a VM.

If your Commander administrative role doesn't allow you to perform certain actions in Commander, those actions won't appear as quick actions. For example, if you have an Auditor role, you can choose to display all actions, but only those commands permitted for an Auditor role will be available.

In the following example, the first five actions are the chosen "quick actions".

Access through:

Views > Inventory > Infrastructure or Applications

Available to:

All Roles

To customize the VM actions that are displayed as quick actions:

  1. From the Infrastructure or Applications tree, select a VM or virtual service.
  2. Click Pick Actions beside the Actions drop-down list.
  3. In the Action Selection dialog, use the middle buttons to add and remove actions or to change the position of the actions, then click OK when you're done.

Changing the default number of items in lists

By default, the number of items displayed in a list is 20. However, you can change the default number of items that can appear in a list. For example, if you have a large cloud infrastructure with many resources, such as VMs, that are displayed in lists in Commander, you may want to use a large number.

Most lists provide Quick Search, making it easy to quickly filter a long list. You can also override the global preference for default list size for some individual lists, but the override applies only to your current session.

Access through:

Configuration > Preferences

Available to:

All Roles

To change the default number of items in lists:

  1. In the List Preferences section, select the default number of items to appear in a list from Default list size.
  2. Click Save Settings.

Selecting your default landing page

Access through:

Configuration > Preferences

Available to:

All Roles

To set the landing page that Commander opens to when you log in:

  1. In the Landing Page section, select the landing page that you want from the menu.
  2. Click Save Settings.

Disabling auto-refresh for large environments

If you have a large cloud infrastructure with a lot of activity taking place, you shouldn't use the auto-refresh feature. This option allows Commander to automatically update the lists of VMs and datastores in the Infrastructure, Applications, and Storage views while you're working on them. However, if you have a large infrastructure, auto-refresh can affect Commander performance.

When auto-refresh is disabled, Commander won't automatically refresh lists while you're working on them. This means, for example, you'll have time to select multiple items on a list and to carry out commands on that list. However, if auto-refresh is enabled, the items you selected may be cleared before you can carry out any commands. Therefore, by default, auto-refesh isn't enabled.

Access through:

Configuration > Preferences

Available to:

All Roles

To disable auto-refresh:

  1. In the List Preferences section, enable the Disable auto-refresh check box.
  2. Click Save Settings.