Data explorer quick start
Use this procedure to get hands-on experience with the Data explorer.
In this walkthrough, you'll:
- Create a simple metric chart
- Use the chart in the Data explorer
- Pin the chart to a dashboard as a tile
If you instead want the technical details about creating a query, see:
Create a chart
- In the Dynatrace menu, go to Explore data.
- On the Build tab, add a metric to your query.
Select a metric such as
CPU usage %(
When you browse the list of metrics, an overview of the highlighted metric is displayed. To see details about that metric, select View all metric information. This opens the Metrics browser in a new tab (so you don't lose your work in the Data explorer) with lots of useful details about the selected metric.Metric details available in the 'Metrics browser'
The name of the metric in the user interface.
The fully qualified key of the metric. If a transformation has been used, it is reflected in the metric key.
Entity type for this metric.
A short description of the metric.
Tags allow further grouping of metrics.
The timestamp when the metric was created.
The timestamp when the metric was last written.
Whether the metric is subject to Davis data unit (DDU) consumption.
The unit of the metric.
The known lower boundary value for the metric.
The known upper boundary value for the metric.
The default aggregation for this metric.
The list of allowed aggregations for this metric.
The fine metric division (for example, process group and process ID for a process-related metric).
Possible transform operators.
Choose an aggregation (for example,
Select Split by dimensions. In this example (
CPU usage %), we split by host to see CPU usage per host.
Specify Filter by criteria as needed. In this example, we leave it empty.
- optional To review or edit the code for your query, switch to the Code tab, which is the advanced query editor.
- Add and delete metrics as needed.
- A query can have up to 10 rows.
- To add a new empty row, select Add metric and then repeat the previous step to define that row.
- To make a copy of a metric that you have already added to the query, select More (…) > Duplicate and then edit the copy as needed.
- To delete a metric, select More (…) > Delete.
- optional To add or remove metric transformations for a row, select the transformations (+) button and then select or clear checkboxes as needed.
- Select Run query to take a first look at the chart.
- Use the Settings panel to configure your visualization.
When you are satisfied with your visualization, you can use it within Data explorer immediately or pin it to a dashboard for future use.
Use the chart in Data explorer
Chart elements are active. For example:
- To see details in tooltips, hover over chart elements
- To drill down from a problematic (red) element, select it.
- To hide or show a chart element, select the corresponding label in the chart legend
Pin the chart to a dashboard
To save the chart as a dashboard tile, select Pin to dashboard.
To return from the dashboard to Data explorer with the chart open for viewing and editing, open the menu in the upper-right corner of the tile and select Configure tile in Data Explorer. Now two buttons are displayed in the upper-right of the Data explorer:
- Save changes to dashboard—saves the chart to a same tile and dashboard you used to open the Data explorer. If you have made any changes, they will update the tile on your dashboard.
- Pin to dashboard—saves the chart as a tile on a different dashboard. You might want to pin the same chart (perhaps with filtering differences) to various dashboards.
For details about pinning tiles to dashboards, see Pin tiles to your dashboard.