4.3.1 Creating a Custom Chart

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Click the Create New Chart icon in the Quick Links section of the Manage Charts tab to open the Create Chart wizard. The wizard will walk you through the steps required to define a new chart.
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Use the fields on the Configure Chart dialog (shown in Figure 4.11) to specify general information about the chart:
Use the drop-down listbox in the Category field to specify the category in which this chart will be displayed; when adding a custom chart to a custom dashboard, the chart will be displayed for selection in the category specified.
Use the radio buttons in the Type field to specify if the chart will be a Line chart or a Table.
Provide a description of the chart in the Description field. The description will be displayed to the user viewing the chart (on a custom dashboard) when they click the information icon.
When you've completed the fields on the Configure Chart dialog, click Next to continue.
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Use the fields on the Select Metrics dialog (shown in Figure 4.12) to select the metrics that will be displayed on the chart.
Use the Metric level drop-down listbox to specify the level of the PEM hierarchy from which you wish to select metrics. You can specify Agent, Database, or Server. Each level offers access to a unique set of probes and metrics.
Use the tree control in the Available metrics box to select the metrics that will be displayed on the chart.
Use the fields in the Selected metrics panel to specify how the metric data will be displayed in your chart. The selection panel displays the name of the metric in the (non-modifiable) Metric [Probe] column. You can:
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Use the drop-down listboxes in the Selection Criteria column to specify the order of the data displayed.
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Use the Limit field to specify the number of rows in a table or lines in a chart:
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Click the copy icon to apply your selections to all of the metrics for the same probe. When the popup opens, click Yes to confirm that other selections for the same probe will be overwritten, or No to exit the popup without copying the attributes.
When you've completed the fields on the Select Metrics dialog, click Next to continue.
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Use the fields on the Set Options dialog (shown in Figure 4.13) to specify display options for your chart:
Use the Auto Refresh field to specify the number of minutes between chart updates - choose a value from 1 to 120. The default auto refresh rate is 2 minutes.
Use fields under the Line chart options heading to specify display preferences for a line chart:
Use the Points to plot field to specify the maximum number of points that will be plotted on the chart.
Use the fields to the right of the Historical span label to specify how much historical data should be displayed on the chart:
Use the Day(s) field to specify the number of days of historical data that should be included on the chart.
Use the Hour(s) field to specify the number of hours of historical data that should be included on the chart.
Use the Minute(s) field to specify the number of minutes of historical data that should be included on the chart.
Use the fields in the Data extrapolation box to specify if PEM should generate extrapolated data based on historical data:
Click the No Extrapolation label to omit extrapolated data from the chart.
Click the Span label to use the Days and Hours selectors to specify the period of time spanned by the metrics on the chart.
Click the Threshold label to use threshold selectors to specify a maximum or minimum value for the chart.
When you've completed the fields on the Set Options dialog, click Next to continue.
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Figure 4.14 – Specifying access permissions.
Use the fields on the Set Permissions dialog (shown in Figure 4.14) to specify display options for your chart.
Set the Share with all slider to Yes to indicate that the chart will be available to all authorized users, or No to restrict access to the users or groups specified in the Access permissions field.
Use the Access permissions field to select the group or groups that will have access to the chart.
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When you've finished defining the chart, click Finish to save your edits and add your chart to the list on the Manage Charts tab (see Figure 4.15).


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