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Migrate charts to modern charts

This topic applies to all SolarWinds Platform products.

Legacy charts and certain classic/historical charts were replaced with their modern-style counterparts.

SolarWinds recommends that you switch to modern charts at your earliest convenience.

Migrate classic charts automatically

Use this option to migrate all historical/classic charts that have a modern counterpart simultaneously. Only classic charts that have a modern counterpart will be migrated.

  1. Log in to the SolarWinds Platform Web Console using an account with Administrator privileges.
  2. Click Settings > All Settings > Web Console Settings.
  3. Scroll down to Migrate charts to modern style charts, and click Migrate.

Classic charts with a modern version are automatically upgraded to modern charts.

To revert to the classic version of the charts, find the Migrate charts to modern style charts in Web Console Settings, and click Roll Back.

Migrate charts manually

If you only want to migrate single legacy or historical/classic charts and want to retain others as is, migrate the charts manually.

  1. Navigate to the view where you have the chart.

  2. Click the pencil icon, and then click Add widgets.

  3. In the widget palette, search for the chart name and filter the results by charts by clicking Charts below the Group by drop-down list.

    The chart names might differ slightly, for example instead of Average of Average CPU Load (historical chart), you will find Average CPU load (modern chart).

  4. Drag and drop the chart labeled as Modern to the view.

  5. Click the x button for the deprecated chart, and then click Remove.

  6. Click Done Adding Widgets, and then click Done Editing.

You have replaced the legacy or classic chart by its modern counterpart.

A brief history of SolarWinds Platform charts

Name Example notes
Legacy charts

Legacy charts are not interactive. You can only edit them by clicking the chart and going to the Custom Chart view.

These are only gif images rendered at the time of the page load. All chart controls are hidden behind the Edit button and are only accessible to the Orion Administrator.

Starting with Orion Platform 2018.4, you cannot add these charts to the SolarWinds Platform Web Console views any more.

Historical, or classic charts

Interactive: You can zoom in/out easily, select relative time frames without having Orion Administrator rights.

You can easily identify them by the zoom panel with drag handles at the bottom of each chart.

If your classic chart has a modern-style equivalent, consider replacing it with the modern chart. Although you can add and use classic charts now, they will not be supported in a future version.

Modern charts

Modern charts use client-side rendering and are thus faster to load than their predecessors. Rendering offloaded to the client improves the performance of the SolarWinds Platform Web Console, and allows for more users logged in concurrently.

They also handle responsive design much better than classic charts.

Purpose-built and designed based on customer feedback.

These charts reflect the time in the browser, not the server time.