Managing dashboards through the 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 control over the charts that are displayed and their configuration. This page describes how to view predefined dashboards and how to create and manage custom dashboards.

Listing all dashboards

To list of all of your dashboards, do the following:

  1. In the Cloud Console, select Monitoring or click the following button:

    Go to Monitoring

  2. In the Monitoring navigation panel, click Dashboards.

Predefined dashboards

Predefined dashboards have one of the following types:

  • Google Cloud Platform: These are for Google Cloud products.
  • Applications: These are for third-party applications such as Cassandra and nginx.
  • Amazon Web Services: These are for AWS services.

You can modify the chart configuration and the display period for predefined 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.

Listing predefined dashboards

To list only your predefined dashboards, you add filters to the filter bar.

For example, to list all Google Cloud dashboards and all application dashboards, do the following:

  1. In the Dashboards Overview page, click Filter Dashboards and then select Type.
  2. Click Filter Dashboards and select OR.

    By default, when you add multiple filters they are joined with a logical-AND. In this case, the goal is to list all dashboards that belong to one of two categories, so the filters need to be joined with a logical-OR.

  3. Add the filter Type: Applications.

    Display the application or Google Cloud dashboards.

Viewing a G​C​E instance dashboard

To view the dashboard for a specific G​C​E instance, do the following:

  1. In the Monitoring navigation panel, click Dashboards.
  2. In the filter bar , click the text Filter Dashboards, select Type and then select Google Cloud Platform.

    Display the dashboards filtered by type.

  3. In the resulting list, click G​C​E Instances.

    The G​C​E Instances page displays a list of dashboards. Each entry in the list includes the G​C​E Instance name, zone, CPU usage, and the memory usage.

  4. To view the dashboard for a specific G​C​E instance, click on the instance name.

Viewing a G​K​E dashboard

To view the dashboards for your G​K​E instances, do the following:

  1. In the Monitoring navigation panel, click Dashboards.
  2. In the filter bar , click the text Filter Dashboards, select Type and then select Google Cloud Platform.
  3. In the resulting list, click Kubernetes Engine (new).

Custom dashboards

You can create custom dashboards to display data that is of interest to you. This section describes how to manage your custom dashboards. For details on the dashboard controls, see Configuring dashboards.

Creating a custom dashboard

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 and click Confirm. 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, click Edit and enter a name. To save the changes, click Confirm.

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

  1. In the detail view for 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.

There is no restriction on the number of dashboards that you can create for a Google Cloud project.

Viewing custom dashboards

To list your custom dashboards, in the Dashboards Overview page, add the filter Type: Custom.

To view a specific dashboard in detail, click the dashboard name. In the detail view, you can configure the dashboard by using the dashboard toolbar. Similarly, you can use the chart toolbar to modify the display of a specific chart.

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

Configuring dashboards

To set the default configuration for every chart on a dashboard, use the dashboard toolbar. Some chart types include chart-toolbars. When these are present, you can use the chart toolbar to override the default settings. For more detail, see Using the chart toolbar.

The dashboard toolbar displays the dashboard name and a series of controls. This section describes those 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:

    • Edit dashboard name.
    • 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. If you click Save, the chart is 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.

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