Managing dashboards through the console

Using the Google Cloud Console

Dashboards are one way for you to view and analyze metric data. The Cloud Console provides predefined dashboards that require no setup or configuration. You can also define custom dashboards. With custom dashboards, you have complete control over the charts that are displayed and their configuration.

To view your dashboards, do the following:

  1. In the Cloud Console, select Monitoring

    Go to Monitoring

  2. Select Dashboards.

The Dashboards Overview page lets you create custom dashboards and manage all of your dashboards. Each dashboard has a Name and a Type. For custom dashboards, you select the name. The dashboard type is one of four values:

  • Custom: You create and define the content of these dashboards.
  • Google Cloud: These are predefined dashboards for Google Cloud products.
  • Applications: These are for third-party applications such as Cassandra and nginx.
  • Amazon Web Services: These are for all AWS services.

Filter bar

By adding filters, you can quickly locate an individual dashboard or a collection of dashboards. Each filter is represented as a filter name and a filter value. You can have multiple filters.

For example, to list all dashboards whose name includes Event, add the following filter:

Example of filtering by name.

If you have multiple filters, they are automatically joined by a logical AND, unless you specifically insert an OR filter. For example, if you add the following filters, then the overview page only displays predefined dashboards whose name includes Event:

Example of filtering name and type.

By comparison, if you insert an OR between two filters, then a dashboard is listed if it matches either filter. In this example, if a dashboard's name contains Event or if the dashboard's type is Google Cloud, then the dashboard is listed:

Example of filtering for name or type.

Predefined dashboards

Predefined dashboards have the type of Google Cloud, Applications, or Amazon Web Services. You can modify the chart configuration and the display period for these dashboards. For more information, see Configuring dashboards. You cannot delete a predefined dashboard, and you cannot modify which charts are displayed on a predefined dashboard.

Predefined dashboards aren't constrained to a fixed format. For example, the following predefined dashboards include different types of information:

  • The Cloud Storage dashboard includes charts, incidents, events, and a navigable list of your storage buckets.
  • The G​C​E disks dashboard is list of disk, the corresponding instance, and additional information. Each disk in the list has its own dashboard which you access by clicking the disk name.
  • The Kubernetes Engine NEW dashboard is a navigation tool to view your clusters. As you navigate through the cluster hierarchy, subsequent panes display charts, incidents, and other metric information.

In the Stackdriver Monitoring console, some predefined dashboards displayed Google Cloud and AWS information. In the Cloud Console, dashboards display 1 type of resource. The following table displays the name differences between the two consoles:

Cloud Console Name Stackdriver Monitoring console Name
G​C​E instances Instances
AWS instance Instances
G​C​E disks Block Storage Volumes
EBS Volumes Block Storage Volumes
G​C​E disk snapshots Volume Snapshots
EBS volume snapshots Volume Snapshots
G​C​E firewalls Security Groups
EC2 security groups Security Groups

To list your predefined dashboards, do one of the following:

  • Sort the dashboards by type.
  • Add a filter to display only those dashboards of a specific type. For example, to view only your Google Cloud dashboards, add a type-filter and set the value to Google Cloud.

To view a specific dashboard, locate the dashboard in the list, and then click the dashboard name. To locate the dashboard, sort the list of dashboards or add a filter on the dashboard name.

Custom dashboards

You can create custom dashboards to display specific charts. After you create your dashboard, you add charts that display the data that is of interest to you. You can modify your custom dashboard using the controls described in Configuring dashboards.

Creating a custom dashboard

There is no restriction on the number of dashboards that you can create for a Google Cloud project. To create a new dashboard, follow these steps:

  1. In the Dashboards Overview page, click Create dashboard.

  2. (Optional) Enter a descriptive title for the dashboard. The default dashboard title is Untitled dashboard.

  3. To change the title after the dashboard is created, locate the dashboard on the Dashboard Overview page and then click Edit . After you complete your changes, click Save.

For each chart that you want to add to your dashboard, follow these steps:

  1. In the dashboard, select Add chart.
  2. Complete the dialog to define your chart and click Save. For detailed information on creating a chart, see Creating charts.

Deleting a custom dashboard

To delete a dashboard, do the following:

  1. Begin the delete action by choosing one approach:
    • In the Dashboards Overview page, identify the dashboard to delete, click Delete .
    • In the dashboard, select Dashboard settings and then select Delete dashboard.
  2. Click Delete in the confirmation dialog.

Copying a custom dashboard

To copy, or duplicate a dashboard, do the following:

  1. Begin the delete action by choosing one approach:
    • In the Dashboards Overview page, identify the dashboard to delete, click the Copy icon.
    • In the dashboard, select Dashboard settings and then select Copy dashboard.
  2. Click Delete in the confirmation dialog.

Configuring dashboards

To change the default configuration for every chart on a dashboard, use the dashboard toolbar. To override the dashboard settings for a chart, use the chart's toolbar.

Dashboard toolbar

Each dashboard displays its name and a toolbar, which provide the following controls:

Show the dashboard toolbar.

  • Reset Zoom

    Removes your time interval and range of value selections. For more information, see Changing the graph resolution.

  • Settings

    Defines the default configuration for all charts on the dashboard. For all dashboards, the settings include the following:

    • Show all legends.
    • Hide chart legends.
    • X-Ray Mode: Show each graph line in white on a black background.
    • Color Mode: Show each graph line with a unique color on a white background.
    • Statistics Mode: Use color mode and add additional lines to display statistical information.

    For custom dashboards, you have additional options:

    • Copy dashboard. This option creates a duplicate dashboard with the same title as the original, but prefixed by Copy of.
    • Delete dashboard.
    • Define how many charts are displayed in a single row.
  • Fullscreen

    Displays the dashboard full screen.

  • Auto Refresh

    Disables or enables the redrawing of all the charts on a dashboard when new data is available. Auto refresh is automatically disabled by certain analysis features. For example, if you modify the graph resolution, auto refresh is disabled.

  • Time-range selectors Sets the display period for all charts on the dashboard. When you select a display period, all charts are redrawn. However, the auto refresh state is not changed. For more information, see Setting the display period.

  • Add chart button

    Opens the new-chart dialog. When you save the new chart, it's added to your custom dashboard.

    The Add chart button isn't available for predefined dashboards. For custom dashboards, it's available when your role is owner or editor.

Chart toolbar

Each chart on a dashboard has its own controls:

  • Toggle Legend

    Overrides the dashboard-toolbar setting. Click this button to hide or display the legend below the chart. For more information, see Showing and hiding legends.

  • Fullscreen

    Displays the chart full screen.

  • More

    Overrides the dashboard-toolbar settings for the display of the chart. In addition, the More options include the ability to download an image, in PNG-format, of the chart.

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Using the Stackdriver Monitoring console

Dashboards are one way for you to view and analyze metric data that is important to you. The Stackdriver Monitoring console automatically provides predefined dashboards for the resources and services that you use. These dashboards require no setup or configuration effort.

In addition to predefined dashboards, Stackdriver Monitoring lets you define custom dashboards. With custom dashboards, you have complete control over the charts that are displayed and the configuration.

Predefined dashboards

Stackdriver Monitoring uses predefined dashboards as a mechanisms to convey information to you about the resources you are monitoring. To view your predefined or custom dashboards, go to the Stackdriver Monitoring console:

Go to Monitoring

From this console, you use the Resources menu to view the list of predefined dashboards and you use the Dashboards menu to see the list of custom dashboards. Consider the Resources menu for a particular Google Cloud project:

Show the predefined dashboard options.

The Resources menu displays options for Metrics Explorer and the key visualizer for Cloud Bigtable, and then it lists the available predefined dashboards. For this example, the Google Cloud project can access predefined dashboards for the following resources and services:

  • Block storage Volumes
  • Cloud Spanner
  • Cloud Storage
  • (Compute Engine) Instances
  • Security groups
  • App Engine
  • BigQuery
  • Kubernetes Engine NEW

Predefined dashboards are designed to display the most important information for the resource or service, and they aren't constrained to a fixed format. For example, the following predefined dashboards include very different types of information:

  • Cloud Storage dashboards include charts, incidents, events, and a navigable list of your storage buckets.
  • Kubernetes Engine NEW dashboards are a navigation tool to view your clusters. As you navigate through the cluster hierarchy, subsequent panes display charts, incidents, and other metric information.

To control the default chart configuration and to set the display period, you use the dashboard controls. To override the dashboard settings for a chart, you use the chart's toolbar. For more information on these toolbars, see Configuring dashboards. You don't have the option to add or remove charts to predefined dashboards.

Custom dashboards

You can create custom dashboards to display specific charts. After you create your dashboard, you add charts that display the data that is of interest to you. You can modify your custom dashboard using the controls described in Configuring dashboards.

Creating

There is no restriction on the number of dashboards that you can create for a Google Cloud project. To create a new dashboard, follow these steps:

  1. On the Stackdriver Monitoring console, select Dashboards > Create dashboard.
  2. (Optional) Enter a descriptive title for the dashboard. The default dashboard title is Untitled dashboard.

To add a chart to your dashboard, follow these steps:

  1. In the dashboard, select Add chart.
  2. Complete the dialog to define your chart and click Save. For detailed information on creating a chart, see Creating charts.

Repeat the previous process for each chart that you want to add to your dashboard.

Deleting

To delete a dashboard, follow these steps:

  1. From Monitoring, select Dashboards and then select the dashboard that you want to delete.
  2. Go to Dashboard settings and select Delete dashboard.
  3. Click Delete on the confirmation dialog.

Configuring dashboards

To change the default configuration for every chart on a predefined or custom dashboard, you use the dashboard toolbar. To override the dashboard settings for a chart, you use the chart's toolbar.

Dashboard toolbar

Each dashboard displays its name and a toolbar:

Show the dashboard toolbar.

  • Reset Zoom

    Removes your time interval and range of value selections. For more information, see Changing the graph resolution.

  • Settings

    Defines the default configuration for all charts on the dashboard. For all dashboards, the settings include the following:

    • Show all legends.
    • Hide chart legends.
    • X-Ray Mode: Show each graph line in white on a black background.
    • Color Mode: Show each graph line with a unique color on a white background.
    • Statistics Mode: Use color mode and add additional lines to display statistical information.

    For custom dashboards, you have additional options:

    • Copy dashboard. This option creates a duplicate dashboard with the same title as the original, but prefixed by Copy of.
    • Delete dashboard.
    • Define how many charts are displayed in a single row.
  • Fullscreen

    Displays the dashboard full screen. Not available for predefined dashboards.

  • Filter

    Displays all filters defined for your dashboard. Filters are defined by a resource and a value, and the options are automatically generated:

    • To add a filter, click Filter, select a resource from the resource menu, and then select a value from the value menu.
    • To remove a filter, click Dismiss on the filter.

    When you add multiple filters, all the charts display time series that meet all filter requirements.

  • Auto Refresh

    Disables or enables the redrawing all charts on a dashboard when newly available is available. Auto refresh is automatically disabled by certain analysis features. For example, if you modify the graph resolution, auto refresh is disabled.

  • Time-range selectors

    Sets the display period for all charts on the dashboard. Display period options range from 1 hour to 6 weeks. When you select a display period, all charts are redrawn. However, the auto refresh state is not changed. For more information, see Setting the display period.

  • Add chart button

    Opens the new-chart dialog. When you save the new chart, it's added to your custom dashboard.

    The Add chart button isn't available for predefined dashboards. For custom dashboards, it's available when your role is owner or editor.

Chart toolbar

Each chart on a dashboard has its own controls:

  • Toggle Legend

    Overrides the dashboard-toolbar setting. Click this button to hide or display the legend below the chart. For more information, see Showing and hiding legends.

  • Fullscreen

    Displays the chart full screen.

  • More

    Overrides the dashboard-toolbar settings for the display of the chart. In addition, the More options include the ability to download an image, in PNG-format, of the chart.

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