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Home > Success Center > Log & Event Manager (LEM) > SolarWinds LEM 6.3 User Guide > Ops Center view in the LEM console > Widget builder

Widget builder

Created by Caroline Juszczak, last modified by Steve.Hawkins on Aug 10, 2016

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Use the Widget Builder to add a new widget or edit an existing widget.

Edit a widget

  1. In the widget window, click Edit.
  2. Edit the general widget settings, visual configuration settings, and data configuration settings as required.
  3. Click Save.

    The updated widget configuration appears in the Op Center Widget Manager and the Widget pane in the Monitor tab.

Create a new widget

  1. Click the Ops Center tab.
  2. Click Widget Manager to access the Categories and Widgets panes.
  3. Click File:Success_Center/Reusable_content_-_InfoDev/LEMUserGuide_MT/040/050/Plus.png in the Categories box.
  4. Enter the general widget settings.
  5. Enter the visual configuration settings.
  6. Enter the data configuration settings.
  7. Click Save.

Enter the general widget settings

  1. In the Name field, enter a name for the widget.File:Success_Center/Reusable_content_-_InfoDev/LEMUserGuide_MT/040/050/WidgetBuilder1_563x91.png

  2. In the Description field, enter a description for the widget (up to 80 characters).
  3. Click the Filter drop-down menu and select the filter data source.

    When you select your filter data source, use the following conventions:??

    • If the filter appears in italics, the filter is turned off.
    • If you create a widget from a filter that is turned off, the widget will not display any chart information until the filter is turned back on.
    • When you create a widget in the Monitor tab, this field defaults to the currently-active filter. If you select a different filter, the widget will be associated with your targeted filter and not the active filter.
    • When you create a widget in the Ops Center tab, this field defaults to the first option in the list.
  4. Enter the visual configuration settings.

Enter the visual configuration settings

  1. Click the Visualization Type drop-down menu and select the appropriate graph.

  2. Click Color and select a color palette for the chart or graph.
  3. (Optional) In the X Axis Label field, enter a name for the chart or graph horizontal axis.
  4. (Optional)??In the Y Axis Label field, enter a name for the chart or graph vertical axis.
  5. Enter the data configuration settings.

Enter the data configuration settings

  1. Click the Field drop-down menu and select a data field to report in the widget.

  2. Click the Show drop-down menu and select the data frequency reported in the widget.

    Select Count to count the number of occurrences for the selected Field value. For example, if you select EventID in the Field drop-down menu, the widget will count the number of events.

    Select Distinct Count to count the number of occurrences a distinctly-different event occurs. For example, if you select a Field value such as Event Name or Detection IP, the widget counts each specific value once. This option reports all values as 1 in a single-dimension chart. As a result, this option is best suited for multidimensional charts.

  3. Click the Sort drop-down menu and select the data sort method.
    1. Select Descending to list the data from highest to lowest (Z to A or 10 to 1).
    2. Select Ascending to list the data from lowest to highest (A to Z or 1 to 10)
  4. (Optional) Click the Versus drop-down menu and select another data field (displayed in ascending order) for second data dimension in the chart.
  5. (Optional) Click the Split By drop-down menu and select another data field (displayed in ascending order) for a third data dimension in the chart.
  6. Click the Limit drop-down menu and select a value that limits the number of items to chart.

    The default value is 5.

  7. Click the Scope drop-down menus and select the appropriate time frame reported by the chart or graph.

    For example, selecting a scope of 30 minutes will display the last 30 minutes of data in the chart or graph.

    Choose a narrow scope for frequent events.

    Choose a wide scope for events that rarely occur.

  8. Click the Resolution drop-down menus and select the time values (displayed as tick marks) for the horizontal X-axis in the chart. This value is required when Versus is a time field.

    For example, if your Scope is 30 minutes, you can set the Resolution to five minutes to indicate five-minute tick marks on the X-axis.

  9. Click the Refresh drop-down menus and select the data refresh rate for the widget display.
  10. Click Save.

Widget icons

The following table describes the function of each button on a widget toolbar.

Button Function


Opens the widget in the Widget Builder to edit the settings.


Rotates the widget interface to display the presentation format settings.


Refreshes the widget data.


Maximizes the widget to full-screen mode.


Deletes the widget from the dashboard (in normal dashboard mode)

When you edit a rotated (or flipped) widget, it closes the widget edit mode and returns it to the normal desktop view.


Opens the widget legend.

View specific widget data

Widget graphs and charts display basic high-level information. Each widget includes tooltips that provide specific data about each bar, line, or wedge in the chart. This information is typically the reported event, event group, or event field and its corresponding occurrences.

To view specific chart data, mouse over a bar, line, or pie slice and the tooltip appears, providing specific data about your targeted item.


Refresh widget data

On the widget toolbar, click refresh to display the latest data from your network. Widgets automatically refresh according to the refresh rate configured in the widget. If a widget has a slow refresh rate (as indicated at the bottom of the widget), you can click refresh or edit the Refresh setting in the widget. Refreshing a widget displays the most current real-time data from your network traffic.

Open a filter from a widget

  1. Click the Ops Center tab.
  2. In the dashboard, locate the appropriate widget.
  3. On the widget, click a chart element (line, bar, or pie wedge).

    The Monitor view appears, displaying the filter used for the widget data source.

    If your selected item does not appear in the Monitor event grid, modify the Scope setting in the widget.

  4. Click Ops Center in the top left corner to return to the dashboard.

Edit a widget chart presentation

Widgets displayed in the Monitor tab allow you to reconfigure the chart settings to suit your needs. These settings include the visualization type (line, bar, pie, or table), the color palette, and the X and Y axis labels.

  1. In the Monitor dashboard, locate the widget you want to reconfigure.
  2. Click File:Success_Center/Reusable_content_-_InfoDev/LEMUserGuide_MT/040/050/Icon-WidgetConfig2_17x17.png in the widget toolbar.

    The widget rotates the interface to display the presentation format settings.

  3. Reconfigure the widget settings as required.

    Your options are limited to the selected widget and the data it reports. For example, widgets that report in one dimension may be limited to a pie chart, while information in two dimensions can be reported in a bar or line chart.

  4. Click File:Success_Center/Reusable_content_-_InfoDev/LEMUserGuide_MT/040/050/Icon-WidgetClose2_17x18.png to close.

    The widget rotates, displaying the information in your chosen format.

Relocate a widget

  1. Click the Ops Center tab.
  2. Click Widget Manager to close the Categories and Widgets panes (if required).
  3. Click and hold the targeted widget header.
  4. Drag the widget to a new location.

    The remaining widgets rearrange on the dashboard to accommodate the new location.

  5. Release the mouse button and drop the widget in the new location.

Resize a widget

To view a widget in full-screen mode, click maximize File:Success_Center/Reusable_content_-_InfoDev/LEMUserGuide_MT/040/050/Icon-WidgetResize2_18x17.png in the widget toolbar. To return the widget to its original size, click maximize File:Success_Center/Reusable_content_-_InfoDev/LEMUserGuide_MT/040/050/Icon-WidgetResize2_18x17.png again.

To resize a widget in the dashboard, click and drag the bottom right corner of the widget until your desired size is highlighted in the dashboard grid. When you release the mouse button, the widget adjusts to your new size.

View a widget legend

Each widget bar chart, graph, and pie chart includes a legend that defines the items in the illustration. Click File:Success_Center/Reusable_content_-_InfoDev/LEMUserGuide_MT/040/050/Button-Legend_15x15.png to view the legend.


Locate widgets

Widgets are stored in the Ops Center and Monitor views.

The Ops Center view stores all master widgets it in the Widget Manager Categories list. Dashboard widgets cannot be stored in the Widget Manager.

The Monitor view displays master widgets in the Widgets pane based on the filter you select as a data source. Dashboard widgets do not appear in the Widgets pane.

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15:38, 10 Aug 2016