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The Dashboard and Other Views

The Dashboard (see Figure 1.1), the Fuse HQ home page, appears when you log in. Its purpose is to provide convenient access to the information you are most interested in. Therefore, you have considerable control of the content that appears on your Dashboard.

The Dashboard displays information in two columns, in frames called portlets (see Dashboard Columns and Portlets).


Dashboard Portlets summarizes the portlets that are available on the Dashboard.

Table 3.1. Dashboard Portlets

ColumnPortletDescription
Left

Search Resources

Lets you search for resources in the inventory by a string occurring in the resource name and by resource category.

Saved Charts

Lets you see a configurable slide show of graphical data for selected resources.

Recently Added

Lists platforms added to the inventory during the preceding 48 hours.

Availability Summary

Indicates the current availability of a user-selected set of resources. Entries in this list refer to resource types (for example, ActiveMQ 5.x-fuse Queue or Win32), with resources of like type automatically grouped.

For each resource type you select, an icon indicates one of five states: available (green), unavailable (red), partially available (yellow), paused (orange), or no data collected (gray). The number of resources of each type is also shown.

Summary Counts (hidden by default)

Displays the total number of resources that the user has permission to few, grouped by category and optionally subtotaled by specific resource type.

Right

Auto-Discovery

Lists resources reported by Fuse HQ Agents but not yet added to the inventory. You can select resources to add to or exclude from the inventory.

Favorite Resources

A user-selected list of any set of resources in the inventory.

Recent Alerts

A list of alerts that match a user-specified set of criteria for resources, severity, and time of occurrence. You can have multiple Recent Alerts portlets on your Dashboard, each with different criteria.

Control Actions

A list of actions performed via Fuse HQ on servers, services, and compatible groups in the inventory during a user-specified period ending with the present time. Each server or service type defines the control actions that are available for it.

Problem Resources

A list of resources that have encountered out-of-bounds conditions during a user-specified period ending with the present time. The administrator defines the conditions that are out of bounds by establishing baseline metrics for specific resources.

Metric Viewer (hidden by default)

A list of user-selected metrics for selected resources. You can have multiple Metric Viewer portlets on your Dashboard, each with different criteria.


To go to the Resources view from the Dashboard (or from most other Fuse HQ screens), hover the cursor over the Resources tab on the black strip near the top. Then select Browse from the drop-down menu. (Alternatively, you can select the self-explanatory options Currently Down or Recently Viewed.)

The Resources view provides comprehensive lists of resources in the inventory, filtered by category and optionally by type. For example, Resources View shows the Resources view filtered to show all servers.


At the top of the shaded list area, the Resources view shows the current inventory count for each resource category (Platforms, Servers, Services, Compatible Groups/Clusters, Mixed Groups, Applications). Click any of these categories to show the resources in that category. To further filter the results, select a resource type from the drop-down list in the View field.

To view the list with graphical representations of the available metrics for each resource, click Chart View. Switch back to the simple text list by clicking List View.

To locate specific resources, enter all or part of the name in the Search field and click the arrow button to the right. Note that performing a search filters the lists for all resource categories. Therefore, for example, if you search for a given string in the Services list and then switch to the Servers list, you might see few or no entries. This is because the list of servers is filtered to show only those results that match the search criteria. To remove the search filter and show all items in the resource category, clear the Search field and click the arrow button again.

Often you will want to proceed from the Resources view to see detailed information about a specific resource. Clicking a button to the left of each name takes you quickly to a specific tab on the resource page for that item: M for the Monitor tab, I for the Inventory tab, or A for the Alerts tab. Clicking the name itself takes you to the Monitor tab. See Resource Pages for more information.

The Resources view also lets you perform important inventory-management tasks: defining groups and applications, and removing resources from the inventory.

To group or delete resources, select them by clicking their check boxes at the left. (To select or deselect all items in the current list, click the check box in the list header row.) Then click the Group or Delete button. (Note that deleting a resource removes it from the inventory, but has no effect on the resource itself. If you decide to add a resource back to the inventory after deleting it, you can perform a new auto-discovery on its host platform.)

To define applications, click Tools Menu at the top right and select New Application. This menu also gives you another way to define groups, and an option to manually add certain types of platforms.

To go to the Analyze view from the Dashboard (or from most other Fuse HQ screens), hover the cursor over the Analyze tab on the black strip near the top. Then select one of the three options on the drop-down menu: Reporting, Alert Center, or Event Center.

The Reporting page lets you generate a variety of reports in various formats. The Alerts Center and the Events Center show all alerts and events for the entire system.

To go to the Administration view from the Dashboard (or from most other Fuse HQ screens), click the Administration tab on the black strip near the top.

This view provides links to various administrative tasks, notably management of users and roles. Click any link on the page to perform the indicated task or view data contributed by installed plug-ins.