Dashboard Editor

When you Edit dashboard by right-clicking a resource in Managed Resources and selecting Show Performance, or create (select New) a dashboard from the Dashboard Views portlet, an editor appears that lets you select and rearrange the monitor components of the dashboard.

This screen has the following fields:

View Name -- The identifier for the dashboard. The default is “Performance dashboard for [IP address],” but you can edit this. This is what appears in the Dashboard Views list.

Show Composites -- Show attributes that are constructed from other attributes. Composites attributes are special attributes that consist of the attribute name and the instance name. For example: CPU Utilization:cpu1. Some KPI metrics are composite. If you use SNMP Table monitor, then pretty much all values retrieved are composite.

TimeFrame -- Use the selectors to configure the time frame for the performance measurement displayed.

Entities -- Select the equipment you want to monitor. When you right-click to Show Performance with resource(s) selected, those resources appear in this list.

Dashboard View Attributes -- Click the arrows between Available and Selected panels to select monitors for the dashboard. The Available Attributes list shows all the available attributes for that device based on its monitor affiliations. If you select none, a chart appears for each attribute that has data. This is the default. If the user moves some attributes to the Selected list then only charts for those attributes appear.

Create a Custom Dashboard View

The following steps create a custom dashboard view:

1. In the Dashboard Views portlet, select the New Custom Dashboard command. An empty default view with twelve components appears.

The Properties panel contains the following controls:

View Name -- The name of the dashboard view (Required)

Time Frame -- The period over which to display the data. May be either relative (like last 30 minutes) or absolute (between specific dates and times). The specified frame applies to all charts in the dashboard.

Data Source -- Source for the data. Current displays current (raw) data. Hourly displays rolled up hourly data. Daily displays rolled up daily data. Auto (default) determines which data source to use based on the selected time frame.

Layout -- Select the desired layout style used to display the dashboard components.

2. To select a layout style, click on the ... button next to the current layout. The layout chooser appears.

3. Click on the desired layout or click Close to keep the current layout. The components displayed to reflect the selected new layout.

If no dashboard components have been configured yet a default configuration appears with three or four rows depending on the dashboard style. If the dashboard components have been configured it will create at least enough rows to display all the configured dashboard components. Add more rows by clicking on the Add Row button. An individual dashboard component can be deleted by clicking on the delete button on the component.

Moving Dashboard Components

4. To move a dashboard component to another location, click and drag it over another component. When you release the mouse, the components exchange places.

Configuring Dashboard Components

5. To configure a dashboard component, click the Edit button in the upper right corner of the component. The component editor appears.

The following properties appear in the General Properties section:

Title -- Title of this component (required)

Show Title -- Check to display this title above the chart for this component. This overrides the default title that is shown for some charts.

Component Type -- Combo Box which specifies what type of component to create. These include the following chart types, Line, Dial, Bar, Top Talkers (a line chart showing the top [or bottom] n components for a specific attribute on a specific monitor) Top Subcomponents (a line chart showing the top [or bottom] n subcomponents belonging to a specific device for a specific attribute. See

Other controls appear depending on the component type selected. These components also have a Monitor control, a pick list where you can select from which monitor the charted data originates. See Dial Chart Properties, Top Talkers Properties and Top Subcomponents Properties below for specifics about those.

The line and bar components have two tabs under the general properties section: Monitor Targets and Attributes. The Monitor Targets section lets you select the devices that are sources of data. Click the Add button displays the monitor target selector.

6. The Attributes tab selects the attribute(s) that appear in the chart. If an attribute is a composite, then its series appears in the Available Series listbox.

Select the desired series and click the right arrow to move them to the Selected Attributes listbox.

If the attribute is not a composite, then nothing appears in the Available Series listbox. Here, click the right arrow to move the attribute to the Selected Attributes listbox.

You can also elect to Show Title, Aggregate (show composite attributes), or Show Percentile (display a line at the 95th percentile on the graph) by checking the checkboxes.

Dial Chart Properties

Dial charts have the following additional properties

Monitor -- Select which monitor the charted data comes from in the pick list.

Attribute -- The attribute to get data for.

Min / Max Value -- The minimum / maximum value on the dial.

Entity -- The monitor target to get the data for. Clicking on the + button brings up the entity selector.

Top Talkers Properties

Top Talkers components have the following properties.

Monitor -- Select which monitor the charted data comes from in the pick list.

Attribute -- The attribute to get data for.

Max # of Entities -- The number of entities to display

Order -- Select either Ascending (Bottom n), or Descending (Top n).

Top Subcomponents Properties

Top Subcomponents components have the following properties.

Entity -- The parent entity for the found subcomponents. Clicking on the + button brings up the entity selector.

Attribute -- The attribute to get data for.

Max # of Entities -- The number of entities to display

Order -- Select either Ascending (Bottom n), or Descending (Top n).

Convert Simple Dashboards to Custom Dashboards

To convert a simple dashboard to a custom dashboard use the Convert command on the Dashboard Views menu. You cannot convert custom dashboards to simple dashboards.

View Historical Dashboard Data:

1. Click on the clock icon in the dashboard header.

2. Change the timeframe to the period on the day for which you want to view data.

3. Click on the green checkmark.

4. The data appears for the selected time frame.

On simple dashboards the type of data (raw, hourly, daily) depends on the timeframe selected. For less than three hours, raw data appears. For three hours to less than three days, hourly data appears. For three days or more daily data appears.

Do not forget you may need to change the data retention policy. You may not see raw data if you are viewing a timeframe from two days ago because the default retention policy only keeps raw data for 1 day.