All users can customize their dashboards. Learn how to find a section, filter using variables or filters, set the time for the dashboard, and share the dashboard with others.
- Log in to Wavefront.
- Select Dashboards > All Dashboards
- In the dashboards browser:
- Use the search bar at the top to find a dasbhoard.
- Use the options on the left to narrow down the options that the dashboard browser displays.
- Use the three horizontal dots for dashboard management.
- Add new or existing tags to make finding dashboards easier.
Set the Time Window
By default, dashboards:
- Show a two-hour time window in each chart. You can configure the default time window as part of the Dashboard Display Preferences.
- Display real-time (live) data.
- Update charts every 30s.
You can select a larger or smaller time window or view past data instead of real-time data with the time bar controls.
To change the dashboard time window:
- Click the Live toggle to on (green) to see up-to-date data on the charts.
- Click the Live toggle to off to look at past data.
Regardless of selection, you can click the time selector for a fine-grained time selection window. To the left of the time selector, you see the currently selected time.
Use the Jump To Menu to Find a Section
Most dashboards have several sections. They’re easy to access from the Jump To menu.
|Use the Jump To menu to go to a section|
Filter with Global Filters or Dashboard Variables
Global filters and dashboard variables are two ways to narrow down what you see.
- Global Filters allow any Wavefront user to filter by key value pair. For example, you could specify
- Dashboard Variables are preset by a user with Dashboard permissions. All users can then make selections, for example, select a value from predefined list of strings or an automatically generated list of sources.
If you select both a variable and a global filter, Wavefront uses AND to find results that satisfy both conditions. For example,
source="db-2" AND source="db-1" results in No Data, but other combinations might get the results you’re after.
Filter with Global Filters
All users can use global filters to customize their dashboard. When you set a global filter, for example, to limit to certain sources, you affect all charts in the dashboard.
| Global filters allow any user to:
Use Dashboard Variables
If a dashboard has preconfigured dashboard variables, you can use them to filter the information displayed in all charts.
To show or hide the Variables bar:
To select a variable:
Find a Dashboard
Many Wavefront users work in environments with many dashboards.
To find a dashboard, you have these options:
- From the task bar, select Dashboards > All Dashboards and narrow down your search using the fields on the left.
- Select Dashboards > All Dashboards and start typing the dashboard name in the Search field.
- From within a dashboard, use the Search Dashboards field in the upper right to find other dashboards. The search string matches dashboard name or URL.
Isolate Sources or Series
You can focus on a particular source or series in the dashboard view or the single-chart view. The selected source(s) or series show up at the bottom of the browser window.
To isolate sources and aggregated series you can click a series in a chart:
- Hover over the series you want to isolate. The series you hover over displays as saturated and all other series are dimmed.
- Click the series. An isolation bar appears at the bottom of the browser window.
To isolate multiple series on all charts, hold down the Windows or Command key and repeat.
- If a series is related to a single source, it appears in the Sources: list. When you isolate a source, every series in the dashboard containing that source is isolated.
- If a series represents an aggregation of sources, it appears in the Series: list. When you isolate a series, the query field name displays in the isolation bar and every series in the dashboard with that query field name is isolated.
To remove an isolation, click the X icon next to the series at the bottom of the browser window.
Fine-Tune the Time Window
You can fine-tune the time window for an individual chart, propagate the time window from one to all charts, and reset a customized time window to the dashboard default.
|Time Bar||Click the chart time bar in the upper-right corner of a chart. Use the magnifying lenses to quickly increase or decrease the time window.|
|Zoom in||Place your cursor at the beginning of the time window you want, and click and drag. Hold the Shift key to zoom in on all charts in a dashboard.
|Shift the time window||Place the cursor over the X-axis. When the cursor changes to a 4-way arrow , hold and drag to the left or right. To shift the time windows of all charts on a dashboard, hold down the Shift key while dragging.|
You can move the time window into the future, however, unless you are using one of the predictive functions, the data you see won’t be predictive.
|Propagate time to all charts||To propagate a chart time window to all other charts on the dashboard:
|Reset chart time||If you’ve changed the time window in one chart and want to return to the default time used by other charts in the dashboard, click Reset next to the chart time selector:|
Here’s a video that illustrates chart time windows. The video uses the v1 UI, but most of the information is still accurate:
Display Events on Charts
The Show Events dropdown in the middle of the time bar allows you to overlay events on the X-axis of charts.
See Displaying Event Overlays in Charts for details.
Export to PDF
Starting with release 2020.22.x, you can export what you see in a dashboard or chart to PDF.
|For any chart, Export PDF is now available from the ellipsis menu in the top right.|
|Click on the chart name and select the Export PDF icon in the top right.|
In addition to examining time series data, drilling down on exactly the information you need, creating alerts, etc, you can also