How to edit or add metric dictionary entries
Use the METRIC DICTIONARY dialog to edit an existing entry or add a new entry to your metric dictionary.
Open the METRIC DICTIONARY dialog.
On the METRICS tab of the ADMIN > Dictionary page, click ADD ITEM.
Users with the Manager role can edit or add entries from the ADMIN > Dictionary page.
On a dashboard page, click the vertical ellipsis (⋮)
inside a tile.
On a Smart View page, click the vertical ellipsis (⋮) inside a primary metric tile.
Any user can edit a metric dictionary entry from a dashboard or Smart View page.
The lower-left corner of the dialog includes additional buttons in the following circumstances:
- If the metric has a Zenoss default entry that you customized, the dialog includes a REVERT TO DEFAULT button.
- If the metric has a customized entry and no Zenoss default entry, the dialog includes a DELETE button.
Edit or add an entry.
Field Description Metric name
The name of the metric, assigned by the data source.
- When you open the editor on a Smart View or dashboard page, the Metric name field is read-only.
- When you open the editor from the metric dictionary administration page, the Metric name field is a search field. The search scope includes all the metrics associated with your organization, not just the metrics in the dictionary.
Metric label A short name for a metric. If provided, this name is used in place of the metric name. Description A longer, free-form statement about a metric. The statement is used in hover text when the pointer is over the metric name or label. Units
The unit of measurement a metric represents.
You can select from the units already defined in the dictionary or enter a new unit.
Conversion The units to which data points are converted. Scale factor
The multiplier in data point conversions. For example, 0.01.
Minimum value A guideline for the lowest possible value of data points in a graph: 0 for counters, 0 for percentages, and so on. Maximum value A guideline for the highest possible value of data points in a graph: 100 for percentages, and so on. Tags One or more arbitrary terms to associate with a metric. The tags namespace is shared among all dictionary types.