Turbonomic Top 10 Features: Custom Dashboard & Reports
In creating custom dashboards, you can select exactly what information is provided in every single panel. Perhaps you have started to execute (either manually or automatically) Turbonomic actions, and you would like to have a dashboard that shows actions taken and the health of different datacenters or clusters. Perhaps you are interested in the current health of a specific cluster or group.
Let’s say that we want to scope our entire optimized summary to show a different cluster of VMs, we can utilize the scope button at the top of the dashboard navigator to populate the user scope window which will allow us to change the scope of our dashboard to either an existing cluster group that has been pulled from your hypervisor management system or to a custom group that you may have created through the Turbonomic GUI. If we want to change the scope of just one panel within an existing dashboard we can do so by clicking on the gear icon on the desired panel.
What if we just want to replace part of an existing dashboard? We can utilize the pencil button, which brings us to the dashboard editor. This editor will display all of the available panels. Then just simply delete the panel you want to remove, drag and drop the new panel on to the blue space, name the panel and select the scope. If you make a mistake editing an existing panel, just close out of the editor and click on the back arrow button to revert the dashboard to its original settings.
To create a new dashboard from scratch, click thr green plus sign, which will populate the dashboard editor and an empty canvas on which you will build your new dashboard. Select the desired panel, drag and drop it into the canvas, and then, optionally, provide a name and scope. You can select up to 16 panels per dashboard, but it may be difficult to read with this many. You probably want to stick to at most 4-6 panels. You can resize panels by dragging the bottom right corner in and out. A dashboards can also be saved as a report to be retrieved in the reports tab, or immediately published as either a PDF or Excel report, by clicking the PDF icon at the top of the dashboard navigator. Once a dashboard is saved as a report, you can subscribe to it, and have it emailed to you as often as you would like.