Working with the Metrics Palette

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The
Metrics
palette displays, in a single window, the configured key performance indicators (KPI) based on the role of a device. The KPI metrics quickly provide insight into the operation of a device. For example, if the selected device is a host, the KPI metrics displayed on the device dashboard and the
Metrics
palette could include CPU usage (total), disk usage, and memory usage. These KPI metrics let you know how a device is functioning and whether it needs attention.
The following topics provide the required information:
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The KPIs can vary between probes or device types.
The following illustration helps you quickly understand how you can access and create a metrics view:
Overview of Tasks in Metrics Palette
You can perform various operations in the Metrics palette; for example:
  • Define and save a metrics view.
  • Rename, copy, or delete the views.
  • Export the saved views.
  • Publish the views at private, account, or public level.
  • Set a default view for a given device or group.
  • Configure the custom duration.
The subsequent sections in this article explain these tasks.
Define and Save a Metrics View
You can define and save your metrics view for each device/group. The ability to save the views lets you access them at a later stage whenever you need.
Follow these steps:
  1. Log in to the OC UI.
  2. Access the required device or group view.
  3. Click the Metrics icon (Metrics Icon) in the top-right section of the UI. A page with the following message opens:
    If a view is already defined, the above message is not displayed. That is, the
    Create a view
    option is not available. In that case, you use the
    New View
    option to create another view. The
    Create a view
    option is displayed only when no view is defined for that entity.
  4. Click the
    Create a view
    option.
    The
    New Metrics View
    dialog opens.
  5. Enter an appropriate name for the view in the
    Save As
    field.
  6. Select the access level (private, account, or public) from the drop-down list:
    • Private
      implies that the view is available only for self-use.
    • Public
      implies that the view is accessible to all the UIM users.
    • Account
      implies that the view is saved and shared at the account level. Only users belonging to the same account can access the view.
  7. Select the
    Default View
    option to make the current view as the default view for the given device or group. 
  8. For groups:
    1. Select the required devices from the displayed list, and click
      Next
      .
      You can use the Search field (under Select Devices) to quickly find the device. You can also use the Advance Filter option to define the filter criteria and then select the required device from the filtered list. When you click the Advance Filter option, a dialog opens that lets you provide the filter details. Click the Clear Filter option to clear the applied filter.
    2. Select the metrics in which you are interested from the displayed list. The following screenshot shows the required information:
  9. (For devices) Select the required metrics from the displayed list.
  10. Click the
    Create
    button.
    The view is created and displayed in the UI:
You have successfully defined and saved the metrics view.
Access the Created Metrics View
When a view is saved, it is added to the metrics view drop-down list. You can use this drop-down list to retrieve the saved metrics view. The following screenshot shows the metrics view drop-down list:
When you access this drop-down list, you can verify that the
My Views
option lists the views that you have created. Whereas, the
Shared With Me
option lists the views that are shared with you (for example, public- or account-level views). Also, review that the default view has a tick mark before its name. This helps you quickly identify which view is the default view for a specific device/group. Therefore, whenever you access the metrics view for that device/group, you always see the related default view displayed in the UI.
Working with Advance Filter for Devices
The Advance Filter option is displayed in the UI when you try to define the views at the group level. You can create the filters and quickly find the devices in a group. You can then select the devices in which you are interested.
Follow these steps:
  1. Click the
    Advance Filter
    option while creating the metrics view for a group. The following screenshot shows the advance filter options:
  2. Select the appropriate field for defining the filter from the
    Field
    drop-down list.
  3. Select the required operator from the
    Operator
    drop-down list.
  4. Enter the appropriate value in the
    Value
    field.
  5. Click the plus (+) icon to add a new row to define additional filter criteria. Repeat this step to add more rows. Similarly, to remove a row, click the minus (-) icon.
  6. Select one of the following options from the
    Match Filters
    drop-down list:
    • All:
      Applies the filter only when all the defined filter conditions are met. For example, if you have defined three rows, then the filter will work only when all the three conditions are met.
    • Any:
      Applies the filter when any one of the defined filter conditions is met. For example, if you have defined three rows, then the filter will work when any of the three conditions is met.
    • Custom:
      Applies the filter based on the criteria that you define in the
      Custom Filter
      field. For example, if you enter the expression as
      (1 AND 2) OR (3 AND 4)
      , the filter evaluates the expression and displays the result. In this case, 1, 2, 3, and 4 represent the row ID, which is displayed in the ID column. The ID 1 represents the criteria defined in the first row, the ID 2 represents the second row, and so on. The expression
      (1 AND 2) OR (3 AND 4)
      implies that the filter is applied and the result is displayed only when
      • condition 1 AND condition 2
        are true
        OR
      • condition 3 AND condition 4
        are true
  7. Click
    Apply
    to apply the filter.
The device list is modified according to the applied filter. To clear the filter, click
Clear Filter
.
Edit Views
If you want to edit the view after creating it, you can do so. You can edit only those views that you have created.
Follow these steps:
  1. Access the required device or group.
  2. Click the Metrics icon.
  3. Select the view from the drop-down list.
  4. Click the Edit View icon (Edit Metrics Icon) next to the metrics view drop-down list. The
    Edit Metrics View
    dialog opens.
  5. Update the information as appropriate:
    • Edit the view name.
      Update the name of the view.
    • Change the access level.
      You can change the access level (Public, Private, or Account) of the view based on your requirements. You can change the access level of only those views that you have created. Select the required option.
    • Change the default view.
      You can decide whether you want to make the current view as a default view or not. To make the current view as the default view, select the
      Default View
      option. If the option is already selected and you do not want that view as your default view, clear the selection.
    • (For groups) Update the devices and metrics selection, as appropriate.
      You can select a different device and then the corresponding metrics for the device, if desired.
    • (For devices) Update the metrics selection, as required.
      You can expand the metrics list and select a different metrics for the device, if desired.
      Graphs can represent average metrics for multiple device components, such as multiple CPUs or disk drives in a single device. If a checkbox is not displayed for a metric, expand a metric to see its components. Select an individual component to display its metric graph.
  6. Click the
    Edit
    button.
The information is saved and the view is updated accordingly. Graphs for the selected metrics are added at the bottom of the page. The following screenshot shows the updated view:
Export Views
You can export the views as PDF or CSV. This provides an easy way to save and share the views.
Follow these steps:
  1. Navigate to the metrics view that you want to export.
  2. Click the Export icon next to the duration drop-down list.
    The
    Export View
    dialog opens.
  3. From the
    Export As
    drop-down list, select the format (PDF or CVS) in which you want to export the view.
  4. Click the
    Export
    button.
The view is exported successfully.
Define Custom Time Range
If you do not want to use the predefined duration for your view, you can define your own duration using the custom time period option. This lets you view the historical metrics data based on your defined time range.
Follow these steps:
  1. Access the Metrics palette for the required view.
  2. Click the duration drop-down list.
  3. Specify the duration in the Custom section. You can define the custom duration for up to 12 months.
    The historical metrics data for the defined duration is displayed.
Manage Views
The Manage Views link provides quick access to some of the actions; for example:
  • Copy the view.
  • Delete the non-default view.
  • Change the default view.
  • Change the access level of the view.
Follow these steps:
  1. Access the required device or group.
  2. Click the Metrics icon.
  3. Click the
    Manage Views
    option in the top-right corner.
    The
    Manage Metrics View
    dialog opens.
  4. Locate the view that you want to update.
  5. Copy the view
    You can make a copy of an existing view. This is useful if you want to create another view with the similar settings.
    1. Click the copy icon, enter a name for the view, and click
      Apply
      . The view is created and is added to the metrics view drop-down list. You can edit the settings of the copy, if required.
  6. Delete the view
    You can delete the views that you no longer need. You can delete only those views that you have defined. Once a view is deleted, it is removed for all the users.
    1. Click the Delete icon (trash icon) to delete the view. The view is deleted and is removed from the metrics view drop-down list.
  7. Select or clear the default view
    You can change the default view, if required.
    1. Click the three-dot menu and select the
      Default View
      option if you want to make that view as the default view. If the option is already selected and you do not want that view as your default view, clear the selection.
    2. Click
      Apply
      .
  8. Change the access level of the view
    You can change the access level of the view, if required. You can change the access level of only those views that you have created.
    1. Click the three-dot menu and select the
      Private
      ,
      Account
      , or
      Public
      option.
    2. Click
      Apply
      .
  9. Review the updates.
The appropriate updates are done successfully.