Today I want to show you how to use the so called "prelimiary data filter" for automation domains and create an own dashboard tailored to your needs. In my example I want to create an "Cross-site overview" dashboard for my two most important "business applications" in this exampled called "A1" and "A2". Both consists of a portal solution and can run either on production or on recovery site. Both applications have Web- and an Application Tier which makes use of our new ServerGroup in order to be able to react on different load needs.
So, how do I sort the domains into a list showing them sorted by site? Thats easy - in Edit mode you can make use of the preliminary data filter:
In the "Edit" mode of your new dashboard you already selected the SA dataprovider for domains - and assigned it to a tabled view like you see on the left.
Now you want to limit the number of domains to those automating/controlling components of your business applications (A1 and A2) on production site. It is helpfull to have a naming scheme for your domains here.
Select the SA tree table widget and press on "Edit" as seen on the picture on the left.
Next the Edit dialog will open and show a chapter "preliminary data filter - as you can see on the screenshot below:
Thid preliminary data filter can be used for domain and resource data provider to limit the rows shown in the table to those entries, which match your filter. Let us create two filters for domains having a "PA1" or "PA2" (for domain hosting production components of A1 or A2). This filter can be defined as seen in the following picture:
As you can see you can define multiple filters which can be applied either as "Or" and thus make the selected content bigger - "any rule" or can also be applied as logical "AND" which lowers the shown content to more specific items.
As final result you see immediately which domains match your filter(s) and you can achieve in iterations the result you want.
You should give the SA table widget a good title - I choose "Domains on Production Site" - to understand what I am seeing. In opposite I created a similar domain table using same technique but other filters on the right of my dashboard "Domains on DR Site". The result looks like the following (I am not finished yet....)
What do you think about this prelimiary data filter? Is this a useful feature for your environment to create specialized dashboards? Tell us your opinion via comment - I am eager to hear how you would use this feature...