Monitoring with Dashboards

Posted: October, 26 2011

Dashboards allow you to keep a constant eye on your environment. Dashboards are collections of monitors. Monitors can be anything from a chart-based query, to a small web application, like the MyAvert Security Threats, that is refreshed at a user-configured interval.

Users must have the appropriate permissions to use and create dashboards.

Are you setting up dashboards for the first time?

monitoring with dashboards

When setting up dashboards for the first time:
1 Decide which default dashboards and default monitors you want to use.
2 Create any needed dashboards and their monitors, and be sure to make active any you
want available as tabs from the navigation bar.

Dashboards and how they work

Dashboards are collections of user-selected and configured monitors that provide current data about your environment. You can create your own dashboards from query results and use ePolicy Orchestrators default dashboards.

Queries as dashboard monitors

Use any chart-based query as a dashboard that refreshes at a user-configured frequency, so you can use your most useful queries on a live dashboard.

Default dashboard monitors

This release of ePolicy Orchestrator ships with several default dashboards, including:
• Audit — Provides an overview of access related activities occurring on your network.
• Client Events — Provides an overview of product deployment and update activities in your network.
• ePO Executive Summary — A set of monitors providing some high-level reports on security threats and compliance, with links to more specific product and McAfee specific information.
• ePO Summary — Similar to the ePO Executive Summary dashboard, a set of monitors providing high-level information and links to more information from McAfee
• RSD Summary — Provides an summary of the state of detected systems on your network.

Giving users permissions to dashboards

Use this task to give users the needed permissions to dashboards. For a user to be able to access or use dashboards, they must have the appropriate permissions.

For option definitions, click ? on the page displaying the options.
1 Go to Configuration | Permission Sets, then click New Permission Set or select a permission set in the Permission Sets list.
2 Next to Dashboards, click Edit. The Edit Permission Set: Dashboards page appears.
3 Select a permission:
• No permissions
• Use public dashboards
• Use public dashboards; create and edit personal dashboards
• Edit public dashboards; create and edit personal dashboards; make personal dashboards public
4 Click Save.

Configuring the refresh frequency of dashboards

Use this task to configure how often (in minutes) a user’s dashboards are refreshed. This setting is unique to each user account.

When setting this, consider the number of users that you anticipate will be logged on at anytime.
Each user logged on with a dashboard displayed creates additional performance usage when
the dashboards are refreshed.

For option definitions, click ? on the page displaying the options.
1 Go to Dashboards, then select Edit Dashboard Preferences from the Options
drop-down list. The Dashboard Preferences page appears.
2 Next to Dashboard page refresh interval, type the number of minutes you want between
3 Click Save.

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