6.2 Creating a Custom Dashboard

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6 Performance Monitoring and Management : 6.2 Creating a Custom Dashboard

You can use the PEM dashboard editor to create or modify a user-defined dashboard. The custom dashboard may include pre-defined charts, user-defined charts or a mix of pre-defined and user-defined charts. To open the dashboard editor, select Manage Dashboards... from the PEM Client’s Management menu. When the dashboard editor opens, click the Manage Dashboards button to view a drop-down list of previously defined dashboards, or to specify that you would like to create a new dashboard (see Figure 6.3).
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Select the name of an existing dashboard, or click the Create New Dashboard button to begin defining a dashboard. If you select Create New Dashboard the New Dashboard dialog opens (see Figure 6.4).
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Use the fields on the New Dashboard dialog to specify general information about the dashboard:
Use the Level drop-down listbox to specify the level of the PEM hierarchy within the PEM client on which the dashboard will be displayed. A dashboard may be accessed via the Dashboards menu on a Global level, an Agent level, the Server level or the Database level. Each selected level within the list will expose a different set of metrics, based on the probes that execute for that level.
Use the Teams selector to specify which roles will have access to the new dashboard.
Check the box next to Share with all to instruct the server to allow all Teams to access the dashboard.
Check the box next to Ops Dashboard? to instruct the server to create a dashboard that is formatted for display on an Ops monitor. For detailed information about defining a dashboard for an Ops monitor, please see the online help text distributed with the PEM client.
Use the fields within the Ops Options portion of the New Dashboard dialog to specify title information for the dashboard:
Check the box next to Show Title? to display the dashboard title at the top of the Ops dashboard.
When you've completed the New Dashboard dialog, click OK to continue.

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Click the {Enter Title} label to add a section header to the dashboard. Note that before adding a chart to a new section of the dashboard, you must replace the {Enter Title} section header placeholder with a section header (see Figure 6.5).
After adding the section header, click the Add Chart icon (located in the chart placeholder) to open a selection dialog that allows you to choose the chart that will appear in that section. Expand a category to view the charts that are available in the category; highlight the name of a chart to view the chart's configuration information and a list of the metrics that are displayed on the chart.

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Use the radio buttons next to Chart Width to indicate the number of columns the chart should occupy on the dashboard; select the 1x radio button to indicate one column, or 2x to indicate two columns. Please note that a dashboard is two columns wide.
Use the radio buttons next to Chart Alignment to indicate the position of the chart within the section:
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Select the Left radio button to indicate that the chart should occupy the left side.
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Select the Center radio button to indicate that the chart should be centered.
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Select the Right radio button to indicate that the chart should occupy the right side.
If you are adding the chart to a dashboard designed for display on an Ops monitor, use the radio buttons next to Show Chart Title to specify if the dashboard should include a chart title. Select Yes to display a title, or No to omit the title.
To add another chart to the dashboard, select the Add Chart icon on another chart placeholder, and repeat the selection process.
To make changes to the dashboard title or definition, click the Edit icon, located in the upper-right hand corner of the dashboard editor.
To save your new dashboard or modifications to an existing dashboard and exit, click the Save icon, located in the upper-right corner of the dashboard editor.
To exit without saving your changes, click the Close icon, located in the upper-right corner of the dashboard editor.
You can use the PEM client’s Custom Dashboard dialog to create a custom dashboard formatted for display on an Ops monitor. An Ops dashboard displays the specified charts and graphs, while omitting header information and minimizing extra banners, titles, and borders (see Figure 6.8).
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To create an Ops dashboard, check the box next to Ops Dashboard?, and use the Ops Options portion of the PEM New Dashboard dialog to specify dashboard details. After defining an Ops dashboard, use the dashboard editor to add charts and graphs and optional titles to the new dashboard. After adding charts and tables to the Ops dashboard, use the disk icon in the upper-right corner of the dashboard editor to save your work.
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Navigate through the Dashboards menu of the hierarchy level specified in the Level field on the New Dashboard dialog to open an Ops dashboard. For example, if you specified a value of Global, the dashboard will be listed under the Dashboards menu of the Global Overview (see Figure 6.9).

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