The Dashboards section is designed to display summaries of all the important information in a dashboard.
While only one dashboard can displayed at one time, it is possible to configure several dashboards. Each dashboard may contain one or several pages that can be rotated in a slideshow.
A dashboard page consists of widgets and each widget is designed to display information of a certain kind and source, which can be a summary, a map, a graph, the clock, etc.
Access to hosts in the widgets depends on host permissions.
Pages and widgets are added to the dashboard and edited in the dashboard editing mode. Pages can be viewed and rotated in the dashboard viewing mode.
The time period that is displayed in graph widgets is controlled by the time period selector located above the widgets. The time period selector label, located to the right, displays the currently selected time period. Clicking the tab label allows expanding and collapsing the time period selector.
Note that when the dashboard is displayed in kiosk mode and widgets only are displayed, it is possible to zoom out the graph period by double-clicking in the graph.
The minimum width of a dashboard is 1200 pixels. The dashboard will not shrink below this width; instead a horizontal scrollbar is displayed if the browser window is smaller than that.
The maximum width of a dashboard is the browser window width. Dashboard widgets stretch horizontally to fit the window. At the same time, a dashboard widget cannot be stratched horizontally beyond the window limits.
Technically the dashboard consists of 12 horizontal columns of always equal width that stretch/shrink dynamically (but not to less than 1200 pixels total).
Vertically the dashboard may contain a maximum of 64 rows. Each row has a fixed height of 70 pixels. A widget may be up to 32 rows high.
To view all configured dashboards, click on All dashboards just below the section title.
Dashboards are displayed with a sharing tag:
The filter located to the right above the list allows to filter dashboards by name and by those created by the current user.
To delete one or several dashboards, mark the checkboxes of the respective dashboards and click on Delete below the list.
To view a single dashboard, click on its name in the list of dashboards.
When viewing a dashboard, the following options are available:
|Switch to the dashboard editing mode.
The editing mode is also opened when a new dashboard is being created and when you click on the edit button of a widget.
|Open the action menu (see action descriptions below).|
|Sharing - edit sharing preferences for the dashboard.
Create new - create a new dashboard.
Clone - create a new dashboard by copying properties of the existing one. First you are prompted to enter dashboard parameters. Then, the new dashboard opens in editing mode with all the widgets of the original dashboard.
Delete - delete the dashboard.
Create new report - open a pop-up window with report configuration form. Disabled if the user does not have permission to manage scheduled reports.
View related reports - open a pop-up window with a list of existing reports based on the current dashboard. Disabled if there are no related reports or the user does not have permission to view scheduled reports.
|Display only page content (kiosk mode).
Kiosk mode can also be accessed with the following URL parameters:
To exit to normal mode:
Dashboards can be made public or private.
Public dashboards are visible to all users. Private dashboards are visible only to their owner. Private dashboards can be shared by the owner with other users and user groups.
The sharing status of a dashboard is displayed in the list of all dashboards. To edit the sharing status of a dashboard, click on the Sharing option in the action menu when viewing a single dashboard:
|Type||Select dashboard type:
Private - dashboard is visible only to selected user groups and users
Public - dashboard is visible to all
|List of user group shares||Select user groups that the dashboard is accessible to.
You may allow read-only or read-write access.
|List of user shares||Select users that the dashboard is accessible to.
You may allow read-only or read-write access.
When editing a dashboard, the following options are available:
|Edit general dashboard parameters.|
|Add a new widget.
Clicking on the arrow button will open the action menu (see action descriptions below).
|Add widget - add a new widget
Add page - add a new page
Paste widget - paste a copied widget. This option is grayed out if no widget has been copied. Only one entity (widget or page) can be copied at one time.
Paste page - paste a copied page. This option is grayed out if no page has been copied.
|Save dashboard changes.|
|Cancel dashboard changes.|
It is possible to create a new dashboard in two ways:
You will be first asked to enter general dashboard parameters:
|Owner||Select system user that will be the dashboard owner.|
|Name||Enter dashboard name.|
|Default page display period||Select period for how long a dashboard page is displayed before rotating to the next page in a slideshow.|
|Start slideshow automatically||Mark this checkbox to run a slideshow automatically one more than one dashboard page exists.|
When you click on Apply, an empty dashboard is opened:
To populate the dashboard, you can add widgets and pages.
Click on the Save changes button to save the dashboard. If you click on Cancel, the dashboard will not be created.
To add a widget to a dashboard:
In the widget configuration form:
The following widgets can be added to a dashboard:
In dashboard editing mode widgets can be resized and moved around the dashboard by clicking on the widget title bar and dragging it to a new location. Also, you can click on the following buttons in the top-right corner of the widget to:
Click on Save changes for the dashboard to make any changes to the widgets permanent.
Dashboard widgets can be copied and pasted, allowing to create a new widget with the properties of an existing one. They can be copy-pasted within the same dashboard, or between dashboards opened in different tabs.
A widget can be copied using the widget menu. To paste the widget:
A copied widget can be used to paste over an existing widget using the Paste option in the widget menu.
A slideshow will run automatically if the dashboard contains two or more pages (see Adding pages) and if one of the following is true:
The pages rotate according to the intervals given in the properties of the dashboard and individual pages. Click on:
Slideshow-related controls are also available in kiosk mode (where only the page content is shown):
To add a new page to a dashboard:
Page Nname where 'N' is the incremental number of the page. The page display period allows to customize how long a page is displayed in a slideshow.
A new page will be added, indicated by a new tab (Page 2).
The pages can be reordered by dragging-and-dropping the page tabs. Reordering maintains the original page naming. It is always possible to go to each page by clicking on its tab.
When a new page is added, it is empty. You can add widgets to it as described above.
Dashboard pages can be copied and pasted, allowing to create a new page with the properties of an existing one. They can be pasted from the same dashboard or a different dashboard.
To paste an existing page to the dashboard, first copy it, using the page menu:
To paste the copied page:
The page menu can be opened by clicking on the three dots next to the page name:
It contains the following options:
The widget menu contains different options based on whether the dashboard is in the edit or view mode:
|In dashboard edit mode:
||Copy - copy the widget
Paste - paste a copied widget over this widget
This option is grayed out if no widget has been copied.
Delete - delete the widget
|In dashboard view mode:
||Copy - copy the widget
Download image - download the widget as a PNG image
(only available for graph/classic graph widgets)
Refresh interval - select the frequency of refreshing
the widget contents
When configuring some of the widgets:
there is an extra option called Enable host selection. You can check this box to make the widget dynamic - i.e. capable of displaying different content based on the selected host.
Now, when saving the dashboard, you will notice that a new host selection field has appeared atop the dashboard for selecting the host (while the Select button allows selecting the host group in a popup):
Thus you have a widget, which can display content that is based on the data from the host that is selected. The benefit of this is that you do not need to create extra widgets just because, for example, you want to see the same graph containing data from various hosts.
Permissions to dashboards for regular users and users of 'Admin' type are limited in the following way: