Dashboard types and what are they used for?

A Dashboard is a named compilation of detailed information of one (or more) devices on a single web-page. Information includes IO and CPU graphs, statistics tables and device properties. The main purpose of a dashboard is to provide an easy accessible way to keep an eye on critical components or trouble spots in your infrastructure.

There are two types of dashboard pages. One that provides detailed properties of a single device or one that provides less detailed properties of multiple devices. The first type is automatically generated and always available. The second one is compiled by the end-user.

You can have various kinds of dashboards, for different purposes. E.g. you can define a dashboard that displays the CPU load on your most important servers or one that shows the free space left on your main storage nodes etc.

Dashboard-multiple-devices

An example of a dashboard with information from multiple devices. A green colored table cell means an incrementing counter.

Device-dashboard

A screenshot of a device’s dashboard page. It provides detailed properties of a single device.

Rights

Users with at least Operator level authorization can create as many dashboard as they like. There is no limitation on the length of the dashboard name but only characters from the limited set are allowed. A dashboard name should start with a letter.

Adding an sDC (data collector) to an existing Dashboard

You can add graphs or tables to a dashboard by opening them in full-screen mode and then selecting a dashboard name from the list box at the bottom (red circle). The user that creates a new dashboard is also the owner. An owner has full control rights on the dashboard he owns. System Administrators have all rights on all dashboards!

Add-to-dashboard

Removing an sDC from a Dashboard

Open the Dashboard and click on the little red cross icon of the sDC that you want to remove from the dashboard.