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Navigation in vFoglight

This chapter provides an introduction to the navigation tools used in the vFoglight browser interface and also an introduction to roles.

This chapter contains the following sections:

Introduction to Navigation ............................................................................................................42

Understanding Roles in vFoglight ................................................................................................46

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Introduction to Navigation

In addition to the navigation panel, other navigational aids are located in dashboards and views. These include:

• Data views (charts, tables, cylinders) provide links to more detail about the data that is selected (service > service detail) or to diagnose a problem (alarm > alarm detail).

• Selector views (trees, drop-down lists) allow you to change the context (domain, host, etc.) of what you are viewing.

• Navigation views (links box, labels) allow you to navigate from one part of the interface to another.

Note In addition to these types of links, vFoglight also displays additional information from within

a view. For more information, see “ Tooltips, Dwells, and Popups ” on page 50.

Breadcrumb Trail

The name of the current view is displayed in bold letters at the top of the view:

Figure 1

If you move directly from one view to another, the names of the previous views are displayed in a breadcrumb trail. The names are links back to the previous views and are displayed as non-bolded text.


vFoglight displays dynamic data that is regularly updated. For this reason it is preferable not to use your browser’s navigation buttons, as this may display cached views or result in an error message. Use the links in the display area instead.

vFoglight remembers where you have been by display area. If you leave a dashboard and then return to it, you see the last view that was displayed.

Note This tracking is based on your user ID and is saved on the server.

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Table Links

Content in tables can be links to views. For example, in a table that contains a list of hosts, each host name may be a link to a page with more information about that host.

Tables also have icons and functions for sorting, paging, and filtering. These are

discussed in “ Working With Tables ” on page 91.

Icon Links

Icons may be links to other views or dashboards. Linked icons and non-linked icons look the same. When you move your mouse over a linked icon, the pointer changes to a

hand. For more information, see “ Icons ” on page 94.


Bookmarks are useful for keeping track of dashboards and views that you intend to revisit or access quickly, without having to drill down several levels. A bookmark can be a snapshot of data that is “frozen” at a specific point in time, or it can be updated with current data when you access it. For example, you can create a bookmark to quickly access a specific drilldown or view to be saved for viewing later such as the System

Overview on a particular host last Wednesday.

The Bookmarks section of the navigation panel lists all the bookmarks that you have created. When you select a bookmark, it appears in the display area. You can then do the following:

• email a link to this dashboard

• make it your home page

• print it

Creating a Bookmark

To bookmark a dashboard:



Locate and display the dashboard that you want to bookmark.

In the action panel, select Bookmark .

The Bookmark dialog appears.

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Type a unique name in the Name field.

Select one of the Keep for options to indicate whether you want to keep the bookmark indefinitely or for a specified number of days. If you choose the latter, type the number of days in the text field.



Select Send an email with a link to this bookmark if you want to send someone a link to the new bookmark.

Select Preserve state if you want to keep the context input of the dashboard.


For example: At the time when you bookmark a dashboard, it has a drop-down in which HostX is selected. When you later view the bookmarked dashboard, HostX will still be selected.

If you have selected Preserve state, the Preserve time range check box becomes available. Select this check box if you want to keep the bookmark’s current start and end times. Otherwise, if the time range is relative (e.g. Last 24 Hours), the bookmarked view will show metrics for the default time period when you display it.



Type a description; this is optional.

Click OK to save the bookmark.


If you selected the email option in step 5 above, an email window opens,

containing a link to this bookmark. Complete the required fields and click Send .

The new bookmark is now listed under Bookmarks at the top of the navigation panel.

Viewing a Bookmark

To display a bookmarked dashboard, expand the Bookmarks area in the navigation panel and select the bookmark you want to display.

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Emailing a Link to a Bookmark

This option is also available when you create a bookmark.

To email a link to a bookmark:



In the Bookmarks area of the navigation panel, select a bookmark to display it.

Select Email from the action panel.

An email window opens, containing a link to the bookmark.

3 Fill in the required information and click Send .

Changing Bookmark Properties

You can change the expiry time and the description of an existing bookmark.

To change the properties of a bookmark:



1 In the navigation panel, select the name of a bookmark you want to edit.

In the action panel, click Properties to open a drop-down menu.

Select Edit bookmark properties

The Bookmark dialog appears.

under Actions.


4 Make your changes and click OK .

Deleting a Bookmark in the Bookmarks view

You can remove a bookmark in the navigation panel.

To delete a bookmark in the navigation panel:

1 Place the cursor over the delete icon beside the name of the bookmark.

The icon turns red.

2 Click the delete icon .

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3 On the confirmation dialog, click Delete to delete the bookmark.

Understanding Roles in vFoglight

vFoglight controls access to dashboards and views by means of roles. A vFoglight administrator assigns users to groups and then assigns roles to those groups. When you try to access a dashboard or view, the roles of the groups to which you belong are matched against the relevant roles and the allowed roles that were set for that dashboard or view.

Relevant roles control which dashboards and views are listed in the navigation and action panels. Allowed roles control which dashboards and views a group can access, whether or not they are listed in the panels. If a view has no relevant roles marked, vFoglight assumes it is relevant to all roles. If a view has no allowed roles marked, vFoglight assumes that all roles are allowed to see it.

To illustrate how roles work, suppose you belong to a group that has been assigned the roles of Advanced Operator and Dashboard User. When you log in to vFoglight, the navigation panel lists only the dashboards for which those roles are relevant roles. In some dashboards, one or more views may not be available because your roles have not been set as allowed roles for them.

You can filter the dashboards that are listed in the navigation panel by clicking the filter icon to the right of Dashboards or Homes to display a list of relevant roles, de-selecting one or more roles, and clicking Apply .

The roles that are built in to vFoglight are designed to have the following permissions:


Dashboard User







Access to basic dashboards.

Access to basic dashboards. Operators can also access dashboards like Services, Agents, and Host Table.

Extends Operator to include administrative dashboards like the

Service Builder and the Application Builder.

Access to the dashboard design options available under

Configuration > Definitions .

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Ability to load cartridges, create rules and derived metrics, and perform other tasks related to creating a cartridge.

Access to all administrative functions, particularly the ability to deploy, create, and control agents.

See the vFoglight Administration and Configuration Guide for additional information on users, groups and roles.

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