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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.

  1. Open the METRIC DICTIONARY dialog.

    • On the the ADMIN > Metric Dictionary page, click ADD ITEM.

      Users with the Manager role can edit or add entries from the ADMIN > Metric Dictionary page.

    • On a dashboard page, click the icon of three dots inside a tile.

    • On a Smart View page, click the icon of three dots 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 an 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.
  2. 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 of 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

    Text identifying the data point units, used as the vertical axis label in graphs of the metric.

    You can select from the units already defined in the dictionary or enter a new unit.

    If the Scale factor field is used, this value should be the units that result from the conversion.

    Convert The units received for a metric and the units to which data points are converted.
    Scale factor

    The multiplier in data point conversions. For example, 0.01.

    Min value A guideline for the lowest possible value of data points in a graph: 0 for counters, 0 for percentages, and so on.
    Max 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.

  3. Click SAVE.