Create dashboards, add charts, and customize dashboard layout.
Wavefront dashboards allow you organize and customize the information about your environment. For example:
  • Organize charts into sections
  • Perform global operations such as setting the dashboard time window.
  • Use dashboard variables.
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Examine Data with Dashboards and Charts explains how to set dashboard preferences, set the dashboard time window, isolate sources and series, and more.

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Users with Dashboards permissions can create a new dashboard with one or multiple charts from metrics, a chart type, or an integration.

Create a Dashboard

You have several options for creating a dashboard:

  • Select Dashboards > Create Dashboard, drag in the Metrics or New Chart widget, and follow the wizard to create a single-chart or multi-chart dashboard.
  • Select Dashboards > Create Dashboard, drag in the Templates widget, and select an integration, then pick the dashboards and charts you’d like to include.
  • Select Dashboards > All Dashboards and click Create Dashboard
  • Select Browse > Metrics and click Create Dashboard.

Create a Dashboard from Metrics or Charts

It’s easy to create a dashboard from metrics or by selecting a chart.

To create a dashboard:
  1. Select Dashboards > Create Dashboard from the task bar.
  2. Drag the Metrics or New Chart widget onto the canvas
  3. Select metrics, filters, and functions now or later.
  4. In the top right, click Save and specify a name and URL for the dashboard. The URL field supports letters, numbers, underscores, and dashes. The Name field supports letters, numbers, characters, and spaces.
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Create a Dashboard from Integration Templates

With release 2019.46, you can create a dashboard by specifying an integration dashboard as a template.

To create a dashboard:
  1. Select Dashboards > Create Dashboard from the task bar.
  2. Drag the Templates widget onto the canvas.
  3. Select first the source integration, then the dashboard you want as a template, and then one or more charts from that dashboard.
  4. In the top right, click Save and specify a name and URL for the dashboard. The URL field supports letters, numbers, underscores, and dashes. The Name field supports letters, numbers, characters, and spaces.
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Create a Dashboard from a Tracing Template

The Wavefront service dashboard includes a set of charts to monitor the trace data sent by each service in your application. You can use the service dashboard as a template to create your dashboard and then customize the charts for your environment.

To create a dashboard:
  1. Select Dashboards > Create Dashboard from the taskbar.
  2. Drag the Tracing Templates widget onto the canvas.
  3. Click Import Charts.
  4. In the top right, click Save and specify a name and URL for the dashboard.
    • The URL field supports letters, numbers, underscores, and dashes.
    • The Name field supports letters, numbers, characters, and spaces.
  5. To view data that is specific to an application and service, use the application and service dropdowns.
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Take a look at the cool actions you can do using these charts:

Edit or Clone a Dashboard

The dashboard menu allows you to create a dashboard, edit a dashboard, clone a dashboard, and look at the dashboard version history.

  • When you clone a dashboard, you copy the dashboard. If you want to customize one of the Wavefront read-only dashboards, such as integration dashboards, just clone the dashboard and edit the clone.
  • The dashboard version history tracks each saved version and includes the user who saved the version. The result is an audit trail for the dashboard.
To edit a dashboard:
  1. Click the ellipsis icon in the top right of the dashboard.
  2. Select Edit and make changes to the dashboard in edit mode.
  3. Save the dashboard.
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To clone a dashboard:
  1. Click the ellipsis icon in the top right of the dashboard and select Clone.
  2. Accept the suggested URL and dashboard name, or specify a new URL and dashboard name. Specify only the URL string. Do not include https://.
  3. Save the cloned dashboard.
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Examine Metrics in Dashboard View Mode

All users can examine metrics, set the time window, and make temporary changes to dashboards. See Examine Data for details.

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Here are some examples of what all users can do:

  • Set the dashboard time window
  • Find a dashboard section
  • Filter with global filters or dashboard variables
  • Find a dashboard
  • Isolate sources or series
  • Fine-tune the time window

Make Changes to a Dashboard in Edit Mode

When you create a dashboard or when you edit a dashboard, the dashboard is in Edit mode. In Edit mode, you can make several changes at a time, then save all changes to dashboard layout or to charts.

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Add a Chart Using Drag and Drop

  1. Drag and drop widgets onto the dashboard canvas
  2. (Optional) Select metrics, filters, and functions.
  3. Scroll up and select Save
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Clone, Delete, or Edit a Chart

Editing a chart is different in View mode and in Edit mode:

  • With a dashboard in View mode, click the chart title to edit a chart.
  • With a dashboard in Edit mode, use the icons on any chart.
  1. Place the cursor inside a chart.
  2. Click one of the icons and follow the prompts.
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Add or Edit Dashboard Variables

With the dashboard in Edit mode:
  1. Scroll up to the Variables bar.
  2. Click the Edit icon to edit a variable.
  3. Click the Add button to add a variable.
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Change Dashboard Layout

With the dashboard in Edit mode:
  • Rearrange charts within section or across sections (12 charts per row maximum). The grid determines what's possible.
  • Click the canvas to add a section.
  • Delete or move a section using the icons on the right of the section bar.
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Add a New or Cloned Chart

When you create a chart using Dashboards > Create Chart, you’re prompted to save it to a dashboard. When you edit a chart, you can save to the current dashboard, or save a clone to a different dashboard.

  1. With the dashboard in View mode, create or edit a chart.
  2. Select the v next to Save and make a selection:
    • To save to an existing dasbhoard, start typing the name of the dashboard, select a dashboard, and click Insert
    • Click Save to New Dashboard, enter the dashboard name and URL, and click Create. Specify only the URL string; do not include https://.
  3. When the target dashboard opens in Edit mode, click and drag the chart to the location of your choice and click Save at the top.
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Undo and Revert Undo Operations

Starting with release 2018.46.x, you can undo dashboard changes.

  1. Edit the dashboard and make one or more changes.
  2. Click the icons to undo and to revert the undo.
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Set Dashboard Display Preferences

For each dashboard, you can customize display preferences.

To set the dashboard display preferences:
  1. Navigate to a dashboard, click the ellipsis menu in the top right corner of the dashboard.
  2. Click Edit.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. Make selections in the dialog:
    • Set the default time window. You can later override the time window.
    • Hide the variables for the dashboard by default. Users can still show the variables bar using the show hide variable icon icon.
    • Display the Events on charts using the Show Events dropdown.
      For more information on the options listed in the Show Events dropdown, see Specify an Events() Query for a Dashboard
  5. Click Accept, and click Save
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