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About dashboards

A dashboard is a grid of tiles that displays key indicators of a set of entities over a range of time. Indicators include graphs of metric data points, service status summaries, metric threshold violations, and more. You create dashboards to provide status information about your environment as a whole, about key components of your infrastructure, and about critical services. To get started quickly, you can copy an existing dashboard or one of our templates.

You define the collection of entities a dashboard includes—its scope—with a query. A scope query combines sources of data with optional filters. Example scopes:

  • Everything monitored through Collection Zone 0 (cz0)
  • The entities monitored by a specific StatsD streaming data agent
  • The devices in the group organizer named Marketing Systems in cz0

The indicators you select for a dashboard do not necessarily display information about all of the entities included in a dashboard's scope. However, the indicators you select cannot display information about entities outside the scope.

A dashboard's time range is independent of its scope. You can choose any range of time in your data retention period for a dashboard, and you can change the range whenever you wish. You define a dashboard's time range with the time range controls.

Each dashboard's time range is independent of every other dashboard's time range. Helpfully, when you select an entity link in a dashboard tile to open the entity's Smart View page, the Smart View time range matches the dashboard time range.

Note

The results of a scope query can change when a dashboard's time range is changed. For example, for an online retailer's Kubernetes cluster, the number of pods increases on Mondays, when more people shop online. The scope query would return a different collection of entities when the dashboard's time range includes a Monday, and the collection would change as other, independent variables affect the cluster.

You may create and use as many dashboards as you wish.

Dashboard templates

Dashboard templates provide useful starting points for common dashboard scenarios. Rather than build a dashboard from scratch, you can just copy a template and customize it for your environment.

Dashboard templates are created by Zenoss. Only copies of dashboard templates can be edited or deleted. For more information, see the template copy procedure.