View Google Cloud dashboards

Google Cloud services such as Compute Engine, provide dashboards that display information, including metrics, about those services. Cloud Monitoring also deploys service-specific dashboards as you add resources to your Google Cloud project. For example, when you install a Compute Engine virtual machine (VM) instance in your Google Cloud project, Monitoring installs dashboards for the instance and the disks.

This document describes how to view the dashboards Monitoring creates for your Google Cloud services. You can't delete or copy these dashboards, and you can't add or remove charts to these dashboards. However, you can use the dashboard toolbar to modify the display, and you can copy charts from these dashboards to dashboards that you create.

Dashboards that you create are custom dashboards. Custom dashboards let you display information that is of interest to you, organized in a way that's useful to you. For more information, see Manage custom dashboards.

By default, dashboards automatically refresh their display when new data is available. For information about how to change this setting, see Disable data refresh.

Before you begin

To view a dashboard, your Identity and Access Management (IAM) role for the scoping project of a metrics scope must include viewer permission.

To create or edit a dashboard, your IAM role for the scoping project of a metrics scope must include editor permission.

For more information about roles, see Access control.

View dashboards for Google Cloud services

  1. In the Google Cloud console, select Monitoring or click the following button:
    Go to Monitoring
  2. In the navigation pane, select Dashboards.
  3. In the filter bar , click the text Filter, select Type.
  4. Select Google Cloud Platform for the type of dashboard. The following screenshot illustrates the complete filter:

    Display the dashboards filtered by type.

  5. To view the dashboard for a specific service, select that service in the list of dashboards.

You can add multiple filters to the filter bar. When you don't include the OR operator between two filters, a logical-AND joins the filters.

View dashboards for third-party applications

  1. In the Google Cloud console, select Monitoring or click the following button:
    Go to Monitoring
  2. In the navigation pane, select Dashboards.
  3. In the filter bar , click the text Filter, select Type.
  4. Select Other for the type of dashboard.
  5. To view a specific dashboard, select the dashboard from the list.

You can add multiple filters to the filter bar. When you don't include the OR operator between two filters, a logical-AND joins the filters.

View a Compute Engine instance dashboard

  1. In the Google Cloud console, select Monitoring or click the following button:
    Go to Monitoring
  2. In the navigation pane, select Dashboards.
  3. In the filter bar , click the text Filter, select Type.
  4. Select Google Cloud Platform for the type of dashboard.
  5. In the resulting list, click VM Instances.

    The VM Instances page lists your VM instances. From this list, you can view details about each instance, such as the instance name, and access a detailed dashboard for an instance.

  6. Select the instance name from the list of instances.

View a Google Kubernetes Engine dashboard

  1. In the Google Cloud console, select Monitoring or click the following button:
    Go to Monitoring
  2. In the navigation pane, select Dashboards.
  3. In the filter bar , click the text Filter, select Type.
  4. Select Google Cloud Platform for the type of dashboard.
  5. Select GKE from the list of dashboards.

Copy a chart to a custom dashboard

A Google Cloud dashboard might only display some metric data that you want to view. While you can't add widgets to a Google Cloud dashboard, you can copy some widgets from these dashboards to custom dashboards. Not all widgets support the copy operation.

To copy a widget on a Google Cloud dashboard to a custom dashboard, do the following:

  1. In the Google Cloud console, select Monitoring or click the following button:
    Go to Monitoring
  2. In the navigation pane, select Dashboards.
  3. Select the Google Cloud dashboard and then identify the chart that you want to copy.
  4. In the chart toolbar, select More and then select Add to custom dashboard.
  5. Complete the dialog and then click Copy.

Disable data refresh

When you see a data anomaly shown by a chart, you might want to preserve the current view while you investigate the anomaly. By default, dashboards automatically refresh the display as new data is available.

To stop the automatic refresh of the dashboard, click the auto refresh toggle until it displays Off.

To enable the automatic refresh of the dashboard, click the auto refresh toggle until it displays On.

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