Default and custom widget templates

Widget templates contain a chart with predefined connectors and monitoring parameters. The widget templates do not contain any predefined data sources or instances. You can assign data sources and select instances after you drag a widget template to a dashboard. Dashboard Designer displays default widget templates and custom widget templates.

Default widget templates

Default widget templates are the ready to use widget templates that are already provided in Dashboard Designer.
Dashboard Designer displays multiple, default widget templates for each of the following agents:
  • Cisco UCS agent
  • Db2® agent
  • Linux® KVM agent
  • Linux OS agent
  • Microsoft Hyper-V Server agent
  • Microsoft Internet Information Service agent
  • Microsoft SQL Server agent
  • Microsoft Office 365 agent
  • MySQL agent
  • MongoDB agent
  • SAP agent
  • SAP NetWeaver Java™™ Stack agent
  • Tomcat agent

You can use these default templates to monitor Cloud APM data sources and instances only.

Custom widget templates

A custom widget template contains user-defined chart, connectors, filters, and monitoring parameters.

You can save a custom widget as a custom widget template, only if you use APM, ITM, or ICAM Connectors to set data definition, and if the widget is created for the first time. You cannot modify an existing custom widget and save it is as custom widget template. However, you can modify an existing custom widget template, and save it as a new custom widget template and as a custom widget by using unique names. When you save a custom widget as a template, you cannot modify filters, connectors, background image, and monitoring parameters contained within it.

If filters are set for a custom widget template, then it displays a checkmark on Set Filters Set Filter icon. Else, Set Filters icon does not display any checkmark.

All the widget templates display a chart icon within curly brackets next to their names. The chart icon indicates the chart type that is used in default or custom widget template. For example, if the default widget template is created by using a Line chart, then a Line chart Line chart icon is displayed within curly brackets.

All the widget templates display an incomplete data definition Incomplete data definition icon as their data sources and instances are not defined. When you drag a template to a dashboard, define data sources and instances, and set chart properties, the template changes to a custom widget that is in a complete state. Therefore, the custom widget displays a complete data definition Complete data definition icon.

To save a custom widget as a template, see Saving custom widgets as templates.