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Getting Started with vFoglight

This chapter gives an introduction to the main dashboards and views in the vFoglight browser interface. It also describes the icons and other screen elements that you will see in most cartridges.

Note vFoglight displays dynamic data that is updated regularly. For this reason it is not recommended that you use your browser’s Back and Forward buttons, as this may cause cached views to be displayed or result in an error message.

This chapter contains the following sections:

Logging in to vFoglight ................................................................................................................30

Introducing the Browser Interface ................................................................................................30

Customizing vFoglight .................................................................................................................36

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Logging in to vFoglight

vFoglight runs in Internet Explorer 6 and 7 and Mozilla Firefox 2.0x and 3.0x. Your administrator will provide you with a link to the login page, where you enter your user name and password.

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Introducing the Browser Interface

The following sections describe the main pages that you will see in a default installation.

Note Your administrator may have configured vFoglight so that the actual displays are different from those in this section. The following information is intended only as a general guide.

Welcome Page

The first time that you log in to vFoglight, the Welcome page is displayed.

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The Welcome page contains helpful links to vFoglight Getting Started documentation and tips, vFoglight demonstrations, online help, and support links.

The Welcome to vFoglight page will remain your default home page unless you set a different home page. For instructions on changing your home page to a dashboard of

your choice, see “ Home Page ” on page 39. The instructions are also on the Welcome to

vFoglight page.

Screen Elements

This section describes the screen elements in vFoglight that you will see, regardless of which cartridges have been installed.

In addition to the display area and the two panels, a typical screen in vFoglight includes other elements, which are indicated in the graphic below.

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Figure 3

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Navigation Panel

The navigation panel contains all the dashboards that are available for viewing by the current user. You can expand a module and select a dashboard to view it in the display area. This panel also provides access to the administration and configuration pages.

Note If you do not see any dashboards in the navigation panel, the user you signed in as may not

have been assigned to a group. For details, see “ Understanding Roles in vFoglight ” on page 46.

Action Panel

The action panel contains the various actions that you can perform on the current dashboard. It also contains views and data that you can add to a dashboard or report that you are creating and provides access to the online help files.

Subsequent logins display either:

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A home page that you have selected (for details, see “ Screen Elements ” on page 31).

• The first bookmark listed under Bookmarks; the default bookmark is the

Welcome page (for details about creating bookmarks, see “ Creating a Bookmark ” on page 43).

Filter Icon

Select the Filter icon to filter by role to control which group role can access different parts of vFoglight. By using the Filter by role feature you can enable users to access a particular dashboard or homepage through role assignments.

To control user access according to role:



Click the Filter icon for the Homes or Dashboards.

In the Filter dialog, select the checkbox next to each role you want to assign access to the particular Dashboard or Home page.

3 Click Apply .

Note For more information on managing roles, see the vFoglight Administration and

Configuration Guide.

Close Arrow

The Close arrow is used to conserve space on the display area. Click the arrows to: expand the display area and collapse the navigation and action panels.

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The header contains the following icons:

Function Description

Click the product name to take you back to the Home page.

The user name of the current user.


Sign Out

Logs out the current user and reclaims all resources that it used in the current session. This is the recommended way to exit vFoglight, rather than just closing the browser.


The following tabs are available in the action panel:

• General tab—contains a number of actions that you can perform on the current dashboard or report.

• Help tab—provides access to the online help files and a search field for the help.

• Design tab—available on any non-portal page to properly-authenticated users such as those with the dashboard designer role. The Design tab shows a hierarchical list of all views of a dashboard, definition details, and a context editor that is useful for debugging.

When you select a particular view you can:

• See the definition of the current view

• Click Inspect to analyze the view in the definitions editor.

• View the current run-time values that are available in the context for that view.

Note Inspecting existing object types is accessible from the WCF designer. For more details on the dashboard definitions, see the Web Component Guide.

Figure 5

When you select Create Dashboard or Create Report, two more tabs appear:

• Views tab—contains a list of views that can be added to a dashboard or report that you are creating.

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• Data tab—contains a list of data objects that can be displayed in chart or table format by dragging them into the display area.

Display Area

In the display area you can view current dashboards and reports, as well as create new or

custom dashboards and reports. See “ Creating a Custom Dashboard ” on page 76 and

“ Creating a Custom Report Template ” on page 213 for more information.

Note You can maximize the size of the display area by closing the navigation and action panels.

The example below shows two views and two metrics charts, which were dragged into the display from the Views and Data tabs in the action panel.

Figure 6


The footer contains the following links:

Copyright Vizioncore Inc.

Links to the copyright page on the Vizioncore web site.

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Contact Us


Links to local contact information on the

Vizioncore web site.

Displays product, contact, and support information.

Delete Icon

A bookmarked page provides easy access to navigation items. Click the Delete icon

beside the bookmark to remove it. See Chapter 2, “Deleting a Bookmark in the

Bookmarks view”.

Zonar and Time Range

vFoglight uses a bar chart to indicate the average of all collected metrics within the range of the zonar. See

Time Range and

Zonar in Chapter 3.

Time Range Freeze Control

The Time range function enables you to freeze the vFoglight interface data at a

specified time range. See “ Freezing a time range ” on page 52.

Customizing vFoglight

This section describes the areas where you can customize vFoglight according to user preference settings, home pages, and themes.

User Preferences

The User Preferences dashboard is under Configuration in the navigation panel. The options in this page enable you to change a number of settings in vFoglight. The choices you make here are saved with your user profile.

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Figure 7

The following table describes the User Preferences settings.



Refresh Interval

Time Zone

Time Range

Description or Options

This setting controls the language that is used in the vFoglight browser interface. The default is the language set in the browser.

To ensure that the views display current data, vFoglight automatically refreshes the pages. This setting enables you to choose the length of the interval. The default is

300 seconds.

The time zone used in a vFoglight session is determined when you log in and is the local time zone for your server. You can use the User Time setting to choose another time zone.

This setting controls the default time range for the views. The default setting is Last 4 Hours.

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Description or Options

Themes are format settings that affect the look of dashboards and reports. You can override this setting for individual dashboard and reports using the Themes

options in the action panel. For details, see “ Themes ” on page 39.

You can only change the look of your PDF reports

(Create PDF) in User Preferences.

To change the theme used in generating (printing) reports to color, choose Report (Color) for the Print theme.

PDF Defaults


These settings enable you to set the page size and orientation of PDFs.

Page Flow Overrides: These settings override the predefined links between System views. For more

information, see “ Page Flow Overrides ” on page 38.

Data Sources: These settings determine the data source that vFoglight uses for data and schemas.

Disable User Interaction Persistence: If you select this option, changes that you make in the vFoglight browser interface are not kept with your user profile.

Page Flow Overrides

System views are linked to each other through pre-defined configurations. In some cases, you may want to link a System view to a User view instead. The Page Flow

Override option enables you to make this change. Every link on the page or view

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39 indicated in the Map field that points to a target view will be redirected instead to the view indicated in the To field.

Caution This requires knowledge of how views are created, and should only be set by a view or dashboard designer. For more information, see the Web Component Guide .

Home Page

You can choose any dashboard to be your personal home page. Other dashboards can also be designated as home pages by a dashboard developer. These are listed under

Homes in the navigation panel.

To set your personal home page:



Select a dashboard under Homes in the navigation panel on the left. Choose the dashboard that is most appropriate for your needs.

Click Make this my home page in the actions panel.

The dashboard is listed under Homes in the navigation panel and will be the first page that is displayed every time you log in to vFoglight.

If you later choose another dashboard as your home page, it replaces the previous one.

Note You can have multiple homes. When you mark something as a home page, it becomes the default home and it is added to the list of possible homes. For example, if you add vFoglight

Data Management as your home page, it is added to the default set of homes for your user role, and becomes your "current" home. If you log out and log back in, you will access vFoglight Data Management.


The Themes options allow you to control the look-and-feel for your UI such as the appearance of vFoglight dashboards and reports. You set these options in the User

Preferences page, but you can override them by using the same options under Themes in the action panel.

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The following table describes the options.

Option Result

Application - Default White background in all dashboards and views

Monitoring - Default Dark blue background in all dashboards and views

Report (Monochrome) Reports are printed in black and white

Report (Color) Reports are printed in color

Note To print PDF reports in color, the theme must be changed in the User Preferences dashboard. Go to Configuration > User Preferences and choose Report (Color) for the

Print theme. See “ User Preferences ” on page 36.


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