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Create a Graph tile for one entity and metric

You can use the Graph tile to display a diagram for any entity in a dashboard's scope. This tutorial demonstrates finding a one entity and one metric and featuring them in a Graph tile.


You can add a Graph tile to any dashboard quickly, without opening a dashboard, from the Metric Dictionary page or any Smart View page.

To find the metric name for the tile, you'll display an entity's Smart View page, then open the metric dictionary.

  1. In Zenoss Cloud, click the SMART VIEW tab.

  2. In the search field, enter the name of a Linux host.

    The following example shows a Linux server named se-demo07.

  3. Select the entity name from the search results list to open the Smart View page for the host.

    The following example shows just the anchor card area.

  4. In the anchor card area, make the metric tile of the metric you want to feature on the dashboard the primary metric tile.

  5. From the primary metric tile, open the metric dictionary editor.

  6. From the Metric name field, copy or record the metric name, and then close the METRIC DICTIONARY dialog.

  7. Create a new dashboard.

    For assistance, see the procedure for creating a new dashboard or the new dashboard tutorial.

  8. In the new dashboard, add a Graph tile.

    The TILE CONFIGURATION dialog replaces the dashboard editor window with the Graph tile configuration tabs and fields. For more information about the dialog, see Graph tile.

  9. In the Entity and metric field, enter the name of the metric you copied from the metric dictionary editor.

    For example, mem_MemUsed.

  10. Select the metric name that matches your entry.

    The dialog updates to highlight your selection and to display a graph. By default, the graph is a line graph that aggregates data points from all entities in the dashboard scope that collect the metric.

  11. In the Entity and metric field, enter name of an entity.

    In the preceding steps, the device name is se-demo07. The query service displays matching entities as you enter a device name.

  12. Click the matching search result from the list immediately below the field.

    The data in the display no longer aggregates data from other entities, so the Aggregator field is dimmed.

  13. In the TILE CONFIGURATION dialog, specify other fields as desired, and then click SAVE.

  14. Reposition or resize the tile as desired.