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Dashboards - Heritage Version



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IBM Navigator for i 7.3 feature


Dashboard is a new feature delivered on IBM Navigator for i 7.3. The dashboard is also available on iAccess Mobile. This document is focused on the Dashboard for IBM Navigator for i.

With the Dashboard, users can view key system data in real-time.  This provides visual indicators of overall system status and health.


IBM Navigator for i provides lots of functionalities for analysis and monitoring, such as Performance Data Investigator (PDI) and System Monitors.  The goal of the dashboard is to provide a quick and easy way to find overall system status view providing real time data. Currently, the modern web techniques like jquery and Dojo make it easy to build a user-friendly web page. The new Dashboard is built with Dojo, jquery, html5, and other modern web techniques.  Users can monitor system heath and do some actions from the Dashboard.


Starting with the 2017 Q1 PTFs, the Dashboard is not opened automatically as the initial page.  To open the Dashboard, click the Dashboard link from the left side navigation area.  The Dashboard includes CPU Utilization, Page faults, Disk Utilization, Disk Pool Usage, Jobs, and Operator Messages. These are displayed on the dashboard panel in six individual windows.  Users can set thresholds, toggle detail information, and perform some actions with a context menu available each window.

Note:  The threshold values are preset, but the values they are preset to are not recommendations.  They are not deemed to be the right thresholds for your use.  It is a starting point and a value that was determined as a useful point within a range and only a starting point.  These are meant to be modified by each user to the values that are appropriate for their system.

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Here is an example with the CPU Utilization window:
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This window shows the latest 5 data points. By clicking the blue icon, users can modify the preset thresholds.
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By moving these 2 slides, users can change the warning (yellow) and action (red) thresholds.  The data points are displayed in the color consistent with these settings.  Green indicates the value is below both thresholds.  Yellow and red indicate the value exceeds the thresholds for warning and action settings.
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By right-clicking a window, a context menu is shown as in Figure 4.

The actions associated with context menu for CPU Utilization are as follows:
View Monitors → Open System monitor list.


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Investigate Monitor Data → Open PDI’s System Monitor CPU Utilization(Average) chart.
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Investigate CPU Data → Open PDI’s CPU Utilization Overview chart.
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By clicking the window, more details on the specific metric are shown.  For CPU Utilization, the job list sorted by usage is displayed as in Figure 9.
Figure 9
More actions based on the detail information can be taken from here.  Right-click the job, and a context menu about the job is shown. For Top Jobs, the action associated with the menu item is shown in Figure 10.
Investigate Job Wait Data → Open PDI’s Waits for One Job or Task chart.
Figure 10
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Users can configure the sample rate, sample length and refresh mode from within the control bar.


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Click the up arrow icon at the upper-right corner, the control bar is shown.
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Dashboard has two refresh modes, auto and manual. The default mode is auto. In the auto mode, users can configure interval and duration.

Interval - The frequency at which a snapshot of system activity is reported. For best practice, set this interval to 60s or more

Duration - The length of time data is collected during the interval.

In auto mode, users can pause refresh by clicking the "Stop" button, or clear the dashboard values by clicking the "Reset" button.


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In the manual mode, users can refresh data by clicking the Refresh button. Also, users can reset data by clicking the Reset Button

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Modified date:
08 September 2021