How to Create Dynamic Dashboards in Entuity Network Analytics (ENA)

How to Create Dynamic Dashboards in Entuity Network Analytics (ENA)

An Introduction

This article shows you the basic concepts of Dynamic Dashboards and how you can simply create them in Entuity Network Analytics.

What you’ll Learn

  • Dynamic dashboards
  • Create Dashboards
  • Create Dashlets
  • Entuity Network Analytics
  • Network Management



Dynamic VS Static Dashboards

From the previous post, we have learned that both Dynamic and Static Dashboards provide efficient methods to display information about your network. But they have some key differences.

  • Static dashboards don’t have a context and are only displayed when you’re in My Network View.
  • Dynamic dashboards are context specific and will display data based on your current context whether this is a View, Device or other components.

Let’s create a Dynamic Dashboard now. Just a quick reminder: Static and Dynamic Dashboards are totally different on Entuity Network Analytics(ENA). Learn how you can easily distinguish them during the network management process from our latest post.

Key Features

Before creating a Dynamic Dashboard, let’s review a couple of key concepts that you need to know in order to set up correctly.

1. Leveraging Current Context

The first concept is that a Dynamic Dashboard leverages your current context. For example, the first image below shows the context used here is My Network View. If I changed my context over to the By Office Subview, you can see from the second image that the Summary Dashboard is updating based on the context that I’m in.

2. Specific Component Applied

The second concept is that a Dynamic Dashboard is applied to a specific component. If you look at Dashboard Configuration, you can see from the first image that a number of Dashboards are applied to Views. However, you can also get a number of Dashboards that are applied to Devices such as the second image shown.

So when you click on Create Dashboard button on the upper right and look at the dynamic type, you can see the options to select a specific component for a Dynamic Dashboard.

How to create a Dynamic Dashboard?

Above are the key concepts that you need to know in order to build a Dynamic Dashboard. As you have got an overview of those functionalities, let’s start to build one. You could actually use the Summary Dashboard as a base by duplicating it and making changes.

But in this case, I would like to show you how to create a dashboard from scratch. Firstly, select the Dashboard Configuration menu and click on Create Dashboard button, then name this dashboard as Locations. Make sure the Dashboard Type is set to Dynamic and will apply to Views. Last but not least, give access to the Administrators and select Done. Now you have got an open canvas that can add dashlets to.

1. Incident List Dashlet

The first dashlet that I’m going to add is the Incidents List Dashlet. Click on Add Dashlet button and select Incidents List, keep the default settings as they are.

I’m going to keep the name and make sure the source for this dashlet is being taken from the dashboard. This means that the context for the dashboard would be My Network.

Let’s save this dashlet and resize it to save some space for another dashlet.


2. Map Dashlet

I am going to add another dashlet – a Map Dashlet. So again, click on the Add Dashlet button, select Map Dashlet and keep all the default settings as they’re shown. Make sure that the dashboard is set up as the source and select Done. We’ll resize it and use about half the width of the page, which will leave space for one or more dashlet afterward.

In addition, you can create a dashlet that shows you the summary of the state of all the devices. Therefore, I am going to add a Device Status Dashlet that keep all the default settings and select Done. Now you are able to get a brand new dashboard. Let’s save and Preview it. One of the nice things with the Preview is that you can actually change the context. In this case, I’m looking at the My Network View as the image shown.

If you want to test this against another context, you can just select another View such as the By Office Subview. You are able to see that the dashboard is updating according to the context that you are.

Go back to My Network View and select All Dashboards. You can see that there is a brand new Locations dashboard from the list of dashboards.

ENA Tips: If you have any questions about the individual dashlets, just Select the Help Menu, which is a question mark on the upper right and will take you to the Help Center.

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