Dashboard and dashlet properties

This page describes dashboard / dashlet properties / settings / layout and their relationship.

Dashboard and dashlet common properties and inheritance

A dashboard has a configuration layer that supercedes its dashlets. This lets you manage the layout and common properties of the dashlets.

A dashboard defines common properties that can be inherited its dashlets. A dashboard configuration defines default values for new dashlets and provides a means of changing common dashlet properties. A new dashlet inherits all the properties defined for the dashboard. Changes to inherited properties are automatically propagated to all dashlets in the dashboard. This simplifies the reuse of dashboard configurations for multiple applications.

The following figure illustrates the relationship of dashboard properties and dashlet properties.

Dashboard and Dashlet Properties
Dashboard and Dashlet Properties

Access the dashboard's properties by selecting Dashboard > Properties or by selecting Properties from the dashboard's context menu.

Access the dashlet's properties by selecting Dashlet Properties from the dashlet's context menu.

For properties that can be defined for the dashboard and the dashlet, the dashlet inherits the dashboard properties. Each common tab in the Dashlet Properties dialog box includes an option to Enable Dashlet specific <property>. If this option is not selected, you can click the tab's Edit Dashboard link to change the settings in the corresponding Dashboard Properties tab. When you save the dashboard changes, the settings are automatically changed in the Dashlet Properties.

Design settings

The Design settings customize the dashlet headers. The options for displaying headers are:

  • Default: Tabs across the top of the dashboard display the dashlet names.
  • Customized: No tabs appear. The title and description of the active dashlet are displayed at the top of the dashlet. You can customize the font and alignment separately for the dashlet title and description.
  • No Header: The active dashlet name is not displayed, and no tabs are displayed.

At the dashboard level (though not for individual dashlets), you can also select Show in Night Mode, previously described in Dashboard Mode.

You can set a global style at the dashboard level that is inherited by all its dashlets. You can override these global settings with individual dashlet settings.

The Customized style integrates the dashlet with the AppMon Client background. You should use the Design settings instead of Text and Image Dashlet dashlets to create customized titles and descriptions. Keyboard Shortcuts are available for editing titles and descriptions inside the dashlets.

When the Customized style is applied, only the header of the active dashlets is visible. To switch the active dashlet, press Ctrl+H to toggle through the Design options until the tabs are visible, and then select the desired dashboard.

Dashboard mode

In a newly created Dashboard, you can select one of the following options:

  • Use for Monitoring represents a Night Mode. Night Mode is enabled by default when you open a Deployment Health dashboard through Start Center > Monitoring.
  • Use for Analysis represents a Day Mode.

These modes affect only the look of the dashboard, all the information remains the same. It's a property of dashboards, not individual dashlets.

You can switch between modes, by using the Show in Night Mode check box at the Design tab of the Dashboard Properties dialog box.

Dashlet toolbar

Most dashlets include a toolbar (right top) to perform actions in the dashlet. This toolbar is only visible when the dashlet is in focus / when you hover over it.

Session comparison

See Session Comparison.

Dashlet-specific properties

The Dashlet Properties dialog box may contain tabs that are specific for that dashlet in addition to the tabs that are shared by the dashlet and dashboard.