The Widget Manager and Widget Builder in the SEM console

Use the Widget Manager to select widgets to add to a dashboard. Use the Widget Builder to create a new widget or edit an existing widget.

This topic provides page-level help for the Widget Manager and Widget Builder pages in the SEM console. For more information, see:

This screen capture shows the Widget Manager portion of the Ops Center view in the SEM console:

The Widget Manager UI

The following table describes the Widget Manager UI elements:

Name Description

Categories pane

Lists widgets you can add to the dashboard by category.

The Name column lists each available widget filter with one or more master widgets.

The Count column lists the number of widgets associated with each filter. Click the Name or Column headers to rearrange the categories by name or count.

Opens the Widget Builder to add a new master widget to the selected category.

Opens the Widget Builder to edit the selected widget in the Widgets pane.

Widgets pane

Displays the master widgets associated with each filter.

Use this pane to create dashboard widgets and delete master widgets from the selected filter.

Add to Dashboard

Adds a copy of a selected master widget to the dashboard.

Delete Widget

Deletes the master widget currently displayed in the Widgets pane.

Deleting a master widget does not delete the dashboard widgets included with a widget filter.

The Widget Builder UI

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

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

  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.

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

    Select Distinct Count to count the number of occurrences when a unique event occurs. 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. Select Descending to list the data from highest to lowest (Z to A or 10 to 1).

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

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

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

  6. From the Limit drop-down list, select a value that limits 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 lists, select the data refresh rate for the widget display.

  10. Click Save.