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2.1 Zenoss Dashboard

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Created on: Sep 14, 2010 8:04 AM by Zenoss API - Last Modified:  Sep 14, 2010 8:08 AM by Zenoss API

 1. Zenoss Dashboard

The Zenoss Dashboard provides at-a-glance information about the status of your IT infrastructure. It is the primary window into devices and events that Zenoss enables you to monitor.


Figure 2.1. Zenoss Dashboard

Zenoss Dashboard

The Dashboard can show:

  • Zenoss information resources and Web pages

  • Important error-level device events

  • Geographical high-level view

  • "Troubled" devices

 1.1. Portlets

The main content of the Dashboard comprises portlets, which provide information about the system and your infrastructure. You can display more than one of each portlet type on the Dashboard.

Portlets you can display are:

  • Device Issues - Displays a list of devices, associated with color-coded events of error or critical severity levels. Click a device in the list to view its event log.


    Figure 2.2. Device Issues Portlet

    Device Issues Portlet

  • Google Maps (device locations) - Shows configured locations and configured network connections.


    Figure 2.3. Google Maps Portlet

    Google Maps Portlet

  •  Zenoss Issues - Contains system self-monitoring information.

  • Production States - Shows devices assigned to a particular production state.

  • Site Window - Initially provides links to resources such as product guides, forums, and training events.

    The URL for the default content is You can customize this portlet to display content from any URL.

  • Top Level (Root) Organizers - Lists status for each grouping in your defined system hierarchy.


    Figure 2.4. Top Level Organizers Portlet

    Top Level Organizers Portlet

  • Messages - Displays system messages.

  • Object Watch List - Allows the display of high-level status device classes, groups, systems, event classes, and locations that you select.

 1.2. Customizing the Dashboard

You can customize the Dashboard by:

  • Selecting the portlets you want to monitor

  • Arranging portlets

  • Changing the Dashboard column layout



Figure 2.5. Customize Dashboard

Customize Dashboard

 1.2.1. Adding Portlets

To add a portlet to the Dashboard:

  1. Click Add portlet (located at the top right of the Dashboard main area).

    The Add Portlet dialog appears.

  2. Select a portlet.

    The portlet appears at the top right of the Dashboard main area.

To remove a portlet from the Dashboard:

  1. Click * (asterisk) that appears at the top right corner of the portlet you want to remove.

    The portlet expands to show its Settings area.

  2. Click Remove Portlet.

 1.2.2. Arranging Portlets

To arrange portlets, click the portlet header and drag the portlet to any location on the Dashboard. Other portlets rearrange depending on the location you drop it.

 1.2.3. Changing the Dashboard Column Layout

You can change the layout of the Dashboard to one, two, or three-column displays. For two-column display, you can additionally choose a layout that offers columns of equal or varying widths.


Figure 2.6. Column Layout Dialog

Column Layout Dialog

To change the Dashboard column layout:

  1. Click Configure layout... (located at the top right of the Dashboard main area).

    The Column Layout dialog appears.

  2. Click to select your preferred column layout.


After selecting a new layout, you likely will need to rearrange the portlets on the Dashboard.

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