Create and edit SEM widgets with Widget Builder

This section describes how to configure the Widget Builder form when creating and editing widgets.

Widget Manager includes Widget Builder, which you will use to edit an existing widget or to create a new master widget. After you create a widget, you can save a copy to the Ops Center dashboard.

Use the Widget Manager to edit any master widget associated with a filter. Edit a widget to change the widget's name, behavior, or appearance, or if you want to create a new dashboard widget based on a master widget configuration. When you save the widget, the widget appears in the Widget Manager and the Widgets pane in the Monitor view.

Because all dashboard widgets operate independently of the master widget, editing a master widget will not impact the corresponding dashboard widget. As a result, you can use a master widget as a template for creating variations of the same widget for the dashboard.

Create a new widget

  1. Open the SEM console. See Log in to the SEM web console for steps.

  2. On the SEM toolbar, click Ops Center.

  3. On the Ops Center toolbar, click Widget Manager.

  4. To open Widget Builder, click in the Categories toolbar.

  5. Complete the Widget Builder form:

    1. See Enter the general widget settings for help.

    2. See Enter the visual configuration settings for help.

    3. See Enter the data configuration settings for help.

  6. To save a copy to the Ops Center dashboard, select the Save to Dashboard check box (optional).

  7. Click Save.

    The new widget appears in the Widgets pane and is stored in the Categories pane under your selected filter category.

    If you select the Save to Dashboard check box, the widget also appears in the Ops Center dashboard.

Edit a master widget

  1. Open the SEM console. See Log in to the SEM web console for steps.

  2. On the SEM toolbar, click Ops Center.

  3. On the Ops Center toolbar, click Widget Manager.

  4. In the Categories pane, select a filter.

    The associated widgets display in the Widgets pane.

  5. Drag the scroll bar to locate your targeted widget.

  6. On the Categories toolbar, click .

  7. In Widget Builder, edit the widget configuration as required.

    1. See Enter the general widget settings for help.

    2. See Enter the visual configuration settings for help.

    3. See Enter the data configuration settings for help.

  8. To save a copy to the Ops Center dashboard, select the Save to Dashboard check box (optional).

  9. Click Save.

    The new widget configuration appears in the Widgets pane.

    If you selected the Save to Dashboard check box, the widget also appears in the Ops Center dashboard.

Edit a dashboard widget

  1. Open the SEM console. See Log in to the SEM web console for steps.

  2. On the SEM toolbar, click Ops Center.

  3. Select a widget window, and then click Edit at the top of the widget window.

  4. Update the form as needed:

    1. See Enter the general widget settings for help.

    2. See Enter the visual configuration settings for help.

    3. See Enter the data configuration settings for help.

  5. Click Save.

    The updated widget configuration appears in the Op Center Widget Manager, and the Widget pane appears in the Monitor tab.

Configure the Widget Builder form

The following topics document the Widget Builder form.

Enter the general widget settings

  1. In the Name field, enter a name for the widget.

  2. In the Description field, enter a description for the widget (up to 80 characters).

  3. From the Filter drop-down list, select the filter data source.

    When you select your filter data source, use the following conventions:

    • If the filter appears in italics, the filter is turned off.

    • If you create a widget from a disabled filter, the widget will not display any chart information until the filter is re-enabled.
    • When you create a widget in the Monitor tab, this field defaults to the currently-active filter. If you select a different filter, the widget will be associated with your targeted filter and not the active filter.
    • When you create a widget in the Ops Center tab, this field defaults to the first option in the list.
  4. Enter the visual configuration settings.

Enter the visual configuration settings

  1. From the Visualization Type drop-down list, select the appropriate graph.

  2. Click Color and select a color palette for the chart or graph.

  3. In the X Axis Label field, enter a name for the chart or graph horizontal axis (optional).

  4. In the Y Axis Label field, enter a name for the chart or graph vertical axis (optional).

  5. Enter the data configuration settings.

Enter the data configuration settings

  1. From the Field drop-down list, select a data field to report in the widget.

  2. From the Show drop-down list, select the data frequency reported in the widget.

    To count the number of occurrences for the selected Field value, select Count. For example, if you select EventID in the Field drop-down menu, the widget will count the number of events.

    To count the number of occurrences when a unique event occurs, select Distinct Count. For example, if you select a Field value such as Event Name or Detection IP, the widget counts each specific value once. This option reports all values as 1 in a single-dimension chart. As a result, this option is best suited for multidimensional charts.

  3. From the Sort drop-down list, select the data sort method.

    1. To list the data from highest to lowest (Z to A or 10 to 1), select Descending.

    2. To list the data from lowest to highest (A to Z or 1 to 10), select Ascending.

  4. From the Versus drop-down list, select another data field for a second data dimension in the chart (optional).

  5. From the Split By drop-down list, select another data field, for a third data dimension in the chart (optional).

  6. From the Limit drop-down list, select a value to limit the number of items to chart.

    The default value is 5.

  7. From the Scope drop-down lists, select the appropriate time frame reported by the chart or graph.

    For example, selecting a scope of 30 minutes will display the last 30 minutes of data in the chart or graph.

    Choose a narrow scope for frequent events. Choose a wide scope for events that rarely occur.

  8. From the Resolution drop-down lists, select the time values (displayed as tick marks) for the horizontal X-axis in the chart. This value is required when Versus is a time field.

    For example, if your Scope is 30 minutes, you can set the Resolution to five minutes to indicate five-minute tick marks on the X-axis.

  9. From the Refresh drop-down, select the data refresh rate for the widget display.

  10. Click Save.