The display area is used to view current dashboards and reports, as well as to create new dashboards and reports. You can increase the size of this area by resizing the navigation panel, or, if the action panel is open, by closing the action panel.
The action panel operates like a drawer. Its default state is closed. To open the action panel, click the arrow at the far right of the Foglight for VMware browser interface. Click that arrow again to close the action panel.
The action panel contains the various actions and tasks you can perform with the current dashboard. It also contains views and data that you can add to a dashboard or report you are creating and provides access to the online help files.
If you drill down into various levels across dashboards within Foglight® for VMware, a trail of breadcrumbs is left at the top of the current dashboard. This trail provides you with context. It also provides you with the name of the level you are currently viewing and with a simple mechanism for returning to any of its related parent levels.
The following breadcrumb trail was created while drilling down from the Virtual Environment Summary dashboard into the VMware Explorer dashboard. Each item within a breadcrumb trail is a hyper link to a previously viewed parent level.
The default behavior of Foglight® for VMware is to display metrics, alerts, and messages that have occurred within the last four hours. This time range, however, is configurable.
Using the Time Range popup, you can select from predefined time ranges or you can specify a custom range using either a sliding time bar or calendar precision controls to specify dates and times. When you modify the time range for a dashboard or view, it adjusts the range for all of the views contained within and drill-downs accessed from that dashboard or view. It does not adjust the time range for any parent views.
For more information about modifying the time range, see the Foglight User Guide.