The Forensics widget shows how often a metric has a particular value as a percentage of all values, within a given time period. It can also compare percentages for two time periods.

How the Forensics Widget and Configuration Options Work

You can add the Forensics widget to one or more custom dashboards and configure it to display data that is important to different dashboard users. The data that appears in the widget is based on the configured options for each widget instance.

You edit the Forensics widget after you add it to a dashboard. The changes you make to the options create a custom widget to meet the needs of the dashboard users.

Where you Find the Forensics Widget

The widget might be included on any of your custom dashboards. From the left menu, click Visualize > Dashboards to see your configured dashboards.

To customize the data that appears in the dashboard widget, from the left menu, click Visualize > Dashboards. To create your dashboard, from the left menu, click Visualize > Dashboards. From the Dashboards panel, click Create. To edit your dashboard, from the left menu, click Visualize > Dashboards. From the Dashboards panel, select the dashboard you want to edit and select Actions > Edit. Toggle between the Views and Widgets option to view and add a widget or view to the dashboard. The widgets list panel displays a list of all the predefined widgets. Drag a widget to the dashboard workspace in the upper panel.

Forensics Widget Configuration Options

On the title bar of the widget, click the Edit Widget icon to configure the widget.

The configuration options are grouped into one or more sections. You can select the objects on which you want to base the widget data and refine the objects in the following sections. Each section filters the objects further and pushes the filtered objects to the next section. The widget data is based on the objects that are the output of the last section.

The Configuration section provides general configuration options for the widget.

The Input Data section provides options to specify input for the widget. This section appears when the widget is in self provider mode.

Option Description

Enter a custom title that identifies this widget from other instances that are based on the same widget template.

Refresh Content

Activate or deactivate the automatic refreshing of the data in this widget.

Refresh Interval

If you activate the Refresh Content option, specify how often to refresh the data in this widget.

Self Provider
Indicates whether the objects for which data appears in the widget are defined in the widget or provided by another widget.
  • On. You define the objects for which data appears in the widget.
  • Off. You configure other widgets to provide the objects to the widget using the dashboard widget interactions options.

Indicates how much data is above or below the specific value. For example, it indicates that 90% of the data is more than 4 when a vertical line occurs on the value 4.

Input Data
Select metrics on which you want to base the widget data. You can select an object and pick its metrics.
  1. Click the Add New Metrics icon to add metrics for the widget data. Select an object to view its metric tree and pick metrics for the object. The picked metrics appear in a list in this section.

    The metric tree shows common metrics for several objects when you click the Show common metrics icon.

    While selecting objects for which you want to pick metrics, you can use the Filter text box to search for objects. You can also expand the Tag Filter pane on the left hand side to select one or more object tag values. A list of objects with the selected tag values appears. If you select more than one value for the same tag, you can choose objects that have any of the tags applied. If you select more than one value for different tags, you can choose only the objects that have all the tags applied.

  2. Optionally, select metrics from the list and click the Remove Selected Metrics icon to remove the selected metrics.

    Click the Select All icon to select all the metrics in the list.

    Click the Clear Selection icon to clear your selection of metrics in the list.