Dashboards and Widgets
Applications Manager comes with three Dashboards - Default Dashboard, Business View, and Availability.
You can quickly configure your business metrics like customer wins, revenue, etc. It helps the Manager to align IT with business needs.
Monitor Group Template Dashboards:
After configuring a dashboard, you can save the settings as a monitor group template. This monitor group template can then be applied to other monitor groups, thereby it becomes easier to create dashboards for monitor groups.
By using the Custom Dashboards feature, you can create Dashboards of your choice - like Status View of all the Databases, Status view of all Web Applications deployed in the Tomcat Server. By adding the different widgets given, custom dashboards can be created.
This is in addition to the already created three Dashboards - Default Dashboard, Business View, and Availability.
Creating a new Dashboard
- Under theHome tab, click on theNew Dashboard link. It opens up the Create New Dashboard page.
- Enter the Dashboard Name and Description
- You can then configure the layout of the dashboard by selecting the number of columns and their size.
- You can save the dashboard settings as a template and apply it to monitor groups. You have the option of applying the template to specific monitor groups or applying it across all the monitor groups.
- Then from the Widget list, you can choose the widgets you want to add.
- You can use Associate Users to associate or restrict Dashboards to certain users. Select All Users and Roles will assign Dashboards to all users of all roles. By selecting All you can associate the Dashboard with all the future users of a particular role.
- Click on Create. The new dashboard would be created with your choice of widgets.
- When you add a widget to the Dashboard, an empty widget will be added with an option to edit it. Click on the edit widget icon and change the filter criteria for the widget until you get the desired data for the widget.
Below is the list of widgets that are supported in Applications Manager:
- Top N Monitors: This widget displays Top N monitors based on a performance metric.To view the data, select a performance metric and select the monitors from which Top N should be listed. You have the option to view the graph for the selected time period.
- Performance Metric Widget: This widget displays the Snapshot value of a specific Monitor's performance metric. You have the option to view the graph for the selected time period.
- Threshold Breakers: This widget displays all the monitors which have exceeded the threshold for a performance metric. You have the option to view the graph for the selected performance metric.
- Tabular Data: This widget displays values in a tabular format, and packs more data in a smaller area.
- Topology Map View: This widget displays the interconnection of different resources in your enterprise on a map and also associates links between them. You can use the Topology Map widget to view, say, a small number of your available devices and servers that are spread across the globe or in different locations. Know More about the Topology Map View and how to create one.
Availability and Health Widgets
- Infrastructure Snapshot: This widget gives you a snapshot of the availability and health of monitors grouped by Monitor Type.
- Availability & Health Status: Multiple Monitors: This widget lets you view the snapshot of monitors of a specific type.
- Last 24 Hours / 30 Days Availability History: This widget displays the Availability history for the last 24 hours / 30 days for all monitors of a selected type.
- Last 24 Hours / 30 Days Health History: This widget displays the Health history for last 24 hours / 30 days for all monitors of the selected type.
- Availability, Health, and Alarm Summary: This widget displays the Availability, Health status, and Alarm status for the selected Monitor category.
- Heat Map Widget: This widget displays the severity status for the Health and Availability of selected monitors in various coloured boxes, each representing the severity status of specific monitors. You also have the option to display the summary chart of all the selected monitors which allows you to quickly grasp the state and impact of monitors in the form of a pie chart.
- Monitor Status Overview: This widget displays the overall status based on the availability of selected monitors in different colors, each representing the availability status, along with the overall monitor count in the form of a pie chart.
- ADDM Dependency Map: This widget displays the visual map view of the servers and their associated applications that are available and connected to the selected Dependency Map.
- Monitors under Downtime Schedules/Unmanaged Widget: This widget displays the list of monitors for which downtime schedules have been assigned and shows whether the monitors are currently in scheduled maintenance or unmanaged state.
- Server Uptime Widget: This widget displays the uptime duration of available servers.
- Last N Alarms: This widget displays the last N alarms for all the monitors.
- Monitors by Status and Downtime Widget: This widget shows the health and availability status of all monitors that are down for a certain time duration.
- Alarm Summary Widget: This widget displays alerts for all monitors and monitor groups.
- Monitor Errors Status Widget: This widget displays the status and time duration taken to perform data collection of selected monitors, along with its Success/Error message and Last polled time. Also, you have the option to display the summary chart of all the selected monitors which allows you to quickly grasp the data collection status of monitors in the form of a pie chart.
Monitor Group Widgets
- Availability and Health Status: This widget displays all the Monitor Groups Availability and Health snapshots and the last 24 hours' availability.
- Last 24 Hours / 30 Days Availability History: This widget displays the Availability history for the last 24 hours / 30 days for all Monitor Groups.
- Last 24 Hours / 30 Days Health History: This widget displays the Health history for last 24 hours / 30 days for all Monitor Groups.
- Business View Widget: This widget displays the Business View of the Monitor Groups. Learn more about Business View
- Monitor Group Tree View: This widget displays a hierarchical tree view of the list of Monitor Groups and their associated Monitors that are present in the environment, along with their health and availability status.
- World Map View: This widget displays the Monitor Groups, and Sub Groups in a map view provided location has been assigned to the respective groups.
- Embed Web Page: This widget allows you to include a web page from another application in your dashboard. You can use this widget to integrate your custom dashboards.
- Bookmarks: This widget allows you to add web links to important documents, and KBase articles.
- Custom HTML or Text: This widget allows you to add notes to your operator.
Widget and Dashboard Actions
Click on the Actions tab to perform administrative operations for dashboards.
||Adds new Widgets
||Edits the custom-created dashboards
||Deletes the selected dashboard
||Creates new dashboard
Set as Default: The selected dashboard is set as the default dashboard. So, whenever you access the home tab, this dashboard would be displayed by default.
Limitations of Widgets:
- We do not support the publishing of Dashboards while SSO is enabled.
- Currently, the Topology Map View widget is not supported in Publish Dashboard.
- If you install a Non-English Version, say the Chinese version, of Applications Manager, and then change your language settings to English, the Widget and Dashboard names will not automatically be translated from Chinese to English characters. You can, however, manually edit the Dashboard or Widget and change the name to English characters.
Note: By clicking on Tabs Edit icon you can choose the order in which the dashboard will be listed under the Home tab.
Topology Map View
A topology map is an effort to visualize the interconnection of different resources in an enterprise on a map. you can group a certain set of network devices and servers of your choice under a Map View and also associate links between them.
You can also create a sub map view within a map and display the same as a shortcut icon in a Map View. Background images [global maps, etc.] can be used for the Map View using the available default images or, you can also import your own background image.
Creating a Topology Map View Widget
- In the home tab, under click the actions button and choose the New Dashboard link. It opens up the Create New Dashboard page.
- Enter the Dashboard Name and Description
- You can then configure the layout of the dashboard by selecting the number of columns and their size. You can also save the dashboard settings as template and apply it to monitor groups. You have the option of applying the template to specific monitor groups or apply it across all the monitor groups.
- Then from the Widget list, choose Topology Map View under the Monitor Group Widgets.
- Click on Create. A new dashboard will be created with an empty Topology Map View widget.
- Click on the Edit Widget button to add/associate a topology map. A new Edit Widget form pops up.
- Add a widget name and description.
- Either choose one of the existing Topology Maps from the drop-down menu or click add to add a new map view.
- Click Save Configuration. The Topology Map will be displayed in your widget.
Adding a new Topology Map
- In the New Map View form, enter the Map View Name.
- Select the Background map from the drop-down list [or, click on the Browse button to import a map/image of your choice; you may even keep the background blank by not selecting any image].
- Select the device Category from the drop-down list.
- Select the required devices from the list of available devices. Select the device and click the >> symbol to add them to the map. [You may select all network devices or deselect all network devices using the appropriate check box provided]
- Click Done. You will now see the Map View with the selected network devices and background image. The Map View can be seen in the Edit mode. The following actions are supported from the edit mode:
- Add more devices/servers to the map.
- Add Links between 2 devices.
- Add a Shortcut from this map to another map.
- Delete the map.
- Modify the Map Properties, i.e. the background Map image.
- After performing the desired actions, you can save the map by clicking on the Save button.
Business View helps to provide a holistic view of the resources that are monitored in a business infrastructure by displaying a hierarchical tree view of the monitors that are added to the Monitor Groups. Business View can be accessed either by adding as a widget or by clicking the Business View tab from the Applications Manager dashboard.
To create a customizable business view, follow the steps given below:
- In the Business View widget, select Add New View under View Settings. A new popup window will be opened to create a new view.
- Specify the Display Name of the Business View under View Properties tab.
- Then select the Monitor Groups that are to be added for this view under Associated Monitor Groups tab.
- Click on Save Configuration button to add the view.
The business view will be created and can be viewed by selecting the newly-added business view from the Select View dropdown.
You can edit, delete, or reset the required business view whenever required by selecting the appropriate option under View Settings. Additionally, you can publish the business view for external users and also embed them into an HTML web page by copy-pasting the generated code snippet under View Settings → Publish View. You can also set a specific business view as the default view by choosing Set as Default under View Settings.
Customizing the Business View
You can also customize your business view accordingly based on your requirements by selecting the required business view from the dropdown and then clicking on Display Properties under View Settings. Following are the list of options that can be configured in the Display Properties window:
- Show Label for Monitors: Shows the display name of the monitors present in the Monitor Group. By default, this option is enabled.
- Show only Monitor Groups and Sub Groups: Shows only the Monitor Groups and Sub-Groups that are added to the view and hides the monitors present under them.
- Show Only Top Level Sub Groups: Shows only the first-level Sub Groups that are added to the Monitor Group and hides the monitors and the remaining Sub Groups under it.
- Show only critical monitors: Shows only the monitors that are of Critical severity for the Monitor Group.
- Show only Monitor Groups Status: Shows only the status of the Monitor Groups that are added to this view.
In addition to the above options, you can also customize the style of the Business View based on background color, line color, label color, line thickness, line transparency, and node/font zoom ratio. You can also select the orientation of the business view in terms of Left-Right or Top-Bottom view.