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Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise 11.7 - Management Pack for SCOM User Guide

Spotlight charts

Charts are used in Spotlight drilldowns.

Table 10: Components of Spotlight charts

Component Description


A brief text description of the information represented in the chart.

A down arrow to the right of a title indicates the chart supports more than one category of data. Click the title or arrow to open a drop-down list of all available categories. Select an item from the list to display information related to that category of data.

Compare: Select time range

Compare data against baselines of earlier time periods. Determine if performance has improved or declined over time.

For more information, see Baselining.


Configure the way the chart presents information.

Icon Help Reference Description

Zoom in on charts

The Zoom (applied to the horizontal and vertical axes of the chart) determines the scale.

Pan over zoomed charts

When you zoom in on a chart you can use the Pan tool to view other sections of the expanded chart.

Set the chart view

Select the style of chart that is appropriate to your needs.

Filter on the data series

A Spotlight chart may contain multiple graphs representing data series from multiple data sources. You can filter the chart so that it shows only the data series that you want to see.

Individual toolbar buttons may not be available in all chart views.


The legend lists all the data series associated with the chart. Click an item in the legend to highlight its series in the chart. (Click a second time to return the series to its normal appearance.) Move the mouse pointer over an item in the legend to view the current value for that series within the chart.

Arrows at the top and bottom of a legend (if displayed) indicate that there are more items in the legend list. Click an arrow to scroll through the list.

Chart body

The charted information is displayed in the body of the chart.

Right-click over the chart body to


  • Hover the mouse pointer over a data point in the chart to display information about that point.

  • Hover the mouse pointer over an item (line or area) in the chart to display the name of the item.

  • When the chart is zoomed so that not all of a chart can be seen at the one time, the chart also displays scrollbars that allow you to choose the visible portion of the chart.

If Spotlight is unable to collect the data required, Spotlight displays a small icon on the affected component. Click the icon to see more information about the problem.


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