Documentation forSolarWinds Observability

Create custom dashboards

To see a tailored set of widgets showing data for selected entities, create a custom dashboard.

Create a dashboard

  1. Click Dashboards in the left column.

  2. Click Create Dashboard in the top right.

  3. Type a name for the dashboard and click Create Dashboard.

    To hide the dashboard for all users except for you, select the Private box.

  4. Add widgets:

Add Time Series widgets

Time Series widgets display values collected for a selected metric in time on a chart.

  1. Click Add Widget (or Edit Dashboard > Add Widget) and select Time Series in the drop-down box.

  2. Define data for the widget.

    1. Expand Data and click Add Series.

    2. Select a Metric.

    3. If appropriate, specify the unit.

    4. To set decimal places, select the box, and type the number of places into the Precision box.

      The number in the box sets how many figures will be displayed in the tooltip, both before and after the decimal point. To only display the integer, select the Max Decimal Places box. Numbers larger than the setting in the box are displayed as integers. For example, if the box says 2, numbers like 100,000 will be displayed as 100.

    5. To limit displayed data, select a tag or type a string into the Filter box. Only data corresponding to the selected data will be shown.

    6. Select the Aggregation Method and Group By options in the drop-down menus.

    7. Specify whether you want to show data from the top or from the bottom and refine the number of items to be shown.

    8. To display another data set, click Add Series and repeat steps 2b - 2e.

  3. Define the look of the widget.

    1. Expand Visualization.

    2. Select a Chart Type.

    3. Specify the label, minimum value, maximum value, and decimal places for the Y axis.

    4. Specify the minimum and maximum values for Y-Axis values, or select the Auto checkbox.

      • To use values specified by the widget, select Auto. The field will be grayed out.

      • To specify the Min or Max value, clear the Auto checkbox, and specify the value.

    5. Review the decimal places for the Y axis and adjust if necessary.

    6. Specify the conversion factor.

    7. Select Show Legend to display an automatically generated legend.

  4. Define the title and subtitle.

    1. Expand Options and type a title for the widget.

    2. If appropriate, provide a subtitle.

    3. To add a link to the widget, select Add Link, and provide a label and link URL. The link is displayed as a button on the widget.

  5. Click Create.

The widget is added on the dashboard. When there is data for the time interval, the widget starts displaying the information.

Add KPI widgets

Key Performance Indicator (KPI) widgets display a big number representing a certain metric.

  1. Click Add Widget (or Edit Dashboard > Add Widget) and select KPI in the drop-down box.

  2. Define data for the widget.

    1. Expand Data and select a Metric.

    2. If appropriate, specify the unit.

    3. To limit displayed data, select a tag or type a string into the Filter box. Only data corresponding to the selected data will be shown.

    4. Select the Aggregation Method.

  3. Define the look of the widget.

    1. Expand Visualization.

    2. If a higher value of a metric is better, select the Is Higher Better box.

      • When selected, the widget will display a green up arrow showing how much the value of the metric grew compared to the previous data injection.

      • When the Is Higher Better box is not selected, the widget displays a red up arrow.

  4. Define the title and subtitle.

    1. Expand Options and type a title for the widget.

    2. If appropriate, provide a subtitle.

    3. To add a link to the widget, select Add Link, and provide a label and link URL. The link is displayed as a button on the widget.

  5. Click Create.

The widget is added on the dashboard. When there is data for the time interval, the widget starts displaying the information.

Add Proportional widgets

Proportional widgets display your data as pie charts, donut charts, or stacked bars.

  1. Click Add Widget (or Edit Dashboard > Add Widget) and select Proportional in the drop-down box.

  2. Define data for the widget.

    1. Expand Data and click Add Series.

    2. Select a Metric.

    3. If appropriate, specify the unit.

    4. To limit displayed data, select a tag or type a string into the Filter box. Only data corresponding to the selected data will be shown.

    5. Select the Aggregation Method and Group By options in the drop-down menus.

    6. Specify whether you want to show data from the top or from the bottom and refine the number of items to be shown.

  3. Define the look of the widget.

    1. Expand Visualization.

    2. Select a Chart Type, such as donut, pie, horizontal bar, or vertical bar.

    3. Select Show Legend to display an automatically generated legend.

  4. Define the title and subtitle.

    1. Expand Options and type a title for the widget.

    2. If appropriate, provide a subtitle.

    3. To add a link to the widget, select Add Link, and provide a label and link URL. The link is displayed as a button on the widget.

  5. Click Create.

The widget is added on the dashboard. When there is data for the time interval, the widget starts displaying the information.

Edit the dashboard

  1. In SolarWinds Observability, click Dashboards in the left column.

  2. Go to the dashboard you want to edit, and click Edit Dashboard.

  3. Type a part of the dashboard name to filter out the results. Then, click the name of the dashboard you want to display and edit.

  4. Click Edit Dashboard. Now in the edit mode, you can add widgets, drag and drop widgets, edit, or delete widgets.

  5. When you finish the edits, click Save. Your changes are applied.

Add widgets to an existing dashboard

  1. In SolarWinds Observability, click Dashboards in the left column.

  2. Go to the dashboard you want to edit, and click Edit Dashboard.

  3. Click Add Widget in the upper-right corner.

    For details, see the instructions for the widget type.

Filter metric streams

  1. Click Dashboards in the left column.

  2. Go to the dashboard you want to filter.

  3. Click the Filter metric streams field and add the tags and values needed.

The filter will be applied to all charts on dashboard.

Group by

  1. Click Dashboards in the left column.

  2. Go to the dashboard.

  3. Click on the Group by drop-down list, and select one or several options to be applied to the whole dashboard.

Change the position or size of widgets on the dashboard

  1. In SolarWinds Observability, click Dashboards in the left column.

  2. Go to the dashboard you want to edit, and click Edit Dashboard.

  3. To move a widget, drag it to its new position.

  4. To change a widget size, position the mouse cursor over the bottom right corner of the widget. When the cursor changes, drag the corner to adjust the widget size.

  5. When you finish the edits, click Save. Your changes are applied.

Edit or delete widgets

  1. In SolarWinds Observability, click Dashboards in the left column.

  2. Go to the dashboard you want to edit, and click Edit Dashboard.

  3. To delete a widget, click delete () on the widget.

  4. To edit a widget, click Edit () on the widget. Change the widget definition.

  5. For details, see the instructions for the widget type.

  6. When you finish the edits, click Save. Your changes are applied.

Rename a dashboard

  1. In SolarWinds Observability, click Dashboards in the left column.

  2. Go to the dashboard you want to edit, and click Edit Dashboard.

  3. On the dashboard, click the vertical ellipsis at the top and click Dashboard Settings.

  4. Adjust the Dashboard name.
  5. Click Update to save the changes.

Change the time widgets display data for

Widgets display data collected during the specified time period. To change the time period, click the drop-down menu in the upper-right corner and choose how much historical data to display.

  1. In SolarWinds Observability, click Dashboards in the left column.

  2. Go to the dashboard you want to edit, and click Edit Dashboard.

  3. To stop widgets from updating, click the pause button in the top right corner of the dashboard.

  4. To change the time period displayed, select an appropriate item in the Last... drop-down box.

Your changes are saved. Next time you open the dashboard, the time settings last used will be applied.

Make a dashboard private or public

  1. In SolarWinds Observability, click Dashboards in the left column.

  2. Go to the dashboard you want to edit, and click Edit Dashboard.

  3. On the dashboard, click the vertical ellipsis at the top and click Dashboard Settings.

  4. To make the dashboard visible only to you, select the Private box.

  5. To make the dashboard public, clear the Private box.

  6. Click Update to save the changes.

Delete a dashboard

  1. In SolarWinds Observability, click Dashboards in the left column.

  2. Go to the dashboard you want to edit, and click Edit Dashboard.

  3. On the dashboard, click the vertical ellipsis at the top and click Delete.

  4. Confirm the message to delete the dashboard. The dashboard and widgets are deleted.