Creating Reports

  1. To create a new report, navigate to the Reports tab and click New Report.

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  2. Click Add Row, then pick the row layout.

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    The chart areas are initially blank.

  3. Click Add to choose a chart type to add to the report.

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    Select the chart type you wish to add to the report.

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  4. Select report data.

    1. Depending on the chart type, you are prompted to select entities and metrics.

      The availability of both depends on the configured integrations. If an integration is not configured, you will not be able to select that integration's entities and metrics.

      Select an entity type by clicking in the entity field and selecting from the drop-down list. You can use the search field to quickly find an entity type.

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    2. Select a metric from the available metrics and click OK.

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      If you selected Application as the entity type, you can choose to show all metrics or to show only the metrics applicable to the Application entity type. This reduces the selection to only those entities that are currently assigned to at least one application and hides unassigned entities from the list. The number of applicable metrics is displayed in the selection modal.

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      Tip

      If you plan to add entity types to an application at a later time and want to configure your report, dashboard, or alarm to include metrics from those entity types in advance, check the Show All Metrics box so they are available for selection.

  5. The chart is populated with entity and metric data for the date range.

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Chart Parameters

There are a number of parameters that can be configured for a chart. Every chart type provides a feature to auto-name the chart or specify a name of your choosing. In addition to this feature, you can also set thresholds, specify the number of entities to be included in the chart, e.g., show the top 10 entities, change the sort order, include a report variable in the chart name, and select where to view tooltips and legends.

To configure chart parameters, select the Parameters tab from the data selection modal. In the example shown below, the chart type allows you to specify a variable in the chart name, select the number of top entities to display, and change the short order.

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To reset the default chart name, click the back arrow next to the Name field.

Some chart types, e.g., Top N Trend, Line Chart, Inventory Heatmap, let you set thresholds that are displayed as yellow and red lines on the chart. In the example below, both red and yellow thresholds were set in order to easily see where the observed data exceeds a user-defined threshold.

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The thresholds are displayed on the chart as a yellow and red line, respectively.

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Important

Please note the following:

  • Threshold lines are unit-less. If the plotted metric is a GB metric, and threshold is set to 10, it equals to 10 GB. If the plotted metric is a % metric, and threshold is set to 10, it equals to 10%.

  • When multiple metrics are chosen, as in a Line Chart, threshold lines apply only to the first metric.

  • When multiple metrics are chosen and share the unit type (e.g., two GB metrics), you can select an Axes Mode of Linked so that the metrics will share an axis. Threshold lines will still apply only to the first metric.

Note

A chart’s y-axis might not start at zero; this is because VirtualWisdom auto-scales the y-axis min and max values based on the metrics values for the specified time range. When you specify a yellow and/or red threshold lines, charts are auto-scaled to include the horizontal threshold lines.

You can also specify where to show point markers automatically or always hide or show point markers.

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Specify where to view report tooltips on the chart.

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Tooltips are displayed when you hover over a point in a chart and show you the value observed for the entity and metric at that point in time.

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You can also choose where to show the chart legend.

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