Have you ever wondered how Opsview generates all those graphs for your dashboards, reports and the new Graph Center?
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Building a Dashboard in Opsview
Opsview offers a fully featured dashboard that allows detailed representations of your monitored IT estate. In this blog article, we’re going to take a look at some of the most popular dashlets our customers utilise for network monitoring and more.
On the left hand side of our monitoring screen, we have many different dashlets available to us. We’re going to look at a couple of popular dashlets.
First, we’re going to highlight our ‘process maps’ function.
This dashlet allows you to provide a graphical representation of your monitored devices. Dragging the ‘process map’ dashlet from the left hand side to the main dashboard window, we can click on the cog icon in the dashlet to configure our process map.
From here we can upload an image of a network diagram. Once the diagram is uploaded, you can right click anywhere on the diagram to add monitoring detail.
You can add a variety of metrics, from a basic host, to a keyword, to an individual service or performance metric. This allows you to quickly represent the health of your network estate in full process map glory, as detailed in our system here at Opsview.
Next, we are going to look at the ‘Host Group Tree Map’ dashlet.
This dashlet allows your Host Group estate to be quickly represented on the dashboard. Drag the dashlet from the left hand window into your dashboard window. By default the dashlet is configured to show all your current host groups. However, we can edit the dashlet to allow only specific host groups to be represented.
Below we have represented two different Host Group Tree Maps taken from unique Masters.
Lastly, we are going to look at performance graphs.
Unlike the previous example, this dashlet must be configured before it will display any results.
Configuration options include:
- Host, Service and Metric: Values used to plot the data series. Multiple series are permitted
- Duration of graph
- Chart type
- Line thickness
- Refresh interval
In the below diagram you will see we have configured a performance graph to represent two metrics representing the ‘Unix Load Average’. Notice again the ‘Master’ option for Multi-Master users. You can combine different metrics across unique Opsview Masters in this dashlet.
With these options now saved, Opsview will create a graph representing recorded performance data metrics.
This blog post shows you how quickly you can get up and running with Opsview’s Dashboard feature. Happy dashletting!
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