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Set up, customize and use AppStack - Video

Updated July 26th, 2016


This video (5:07) will demonstrate how to set up, use and customize the AppStack view.


  • All SAM versions
  • All VMan versions
  • All SRM versions
  • All WPM versions

Video Transcription

Set up is super easy because this view comes with every product in our systems management portfolio - Server & Application Monitor, Web Performance Monitor, Virtualization Manager & Storage Resource Monitor.


Let's look at what you see in this View for each of the products.


Server & application Monitor provides performance and health status for 200+ applications, virtual and physical servers, hosts, and direct attached volumes.


With Web Performance Monitor you can record a transaction on a website to playback on a regular interval to test the user experience of a website.


Virtualization Manager gives you visibility to all of your virtual infrastructure performance for VMware & Hyper-V as well as trending and analysis across your entire virtual environment.


Storage Resource Monitor provides performance and health status for your storage arrays across multiple vendors in a single pane of glass.


For each of the resources monitored there is a status displayed. The color is based on the objects current status that is generated by product specific thresholds which can be customized. To the left of this view you will see a legend for what all the status icons mean.


Here you see objects with a mixed status. The green circle shows that the server is healthy, but one of the applications on the server is in a warning state.


When I click on one of the servers in this view, I can see all of the resources that have a direct relationship. Here, server LAB-DEMO-SQL-02 is a virtual server, and it is connected to this datastore, which is connected to this LUN. On this virtual server, I have my SQL database


In this view, notice that all other objects have been shaded. If I only care about this view right now, and want to eliminate the shaded objects, I just click on the spotlight button. If I want to drill into a particular object, I simply double click it to see the product detail view.


To the left of the Environment View you can see the ability to sort the view by object status. You can also type a key word in the search bar to find a particular application, group or server type.


In order to add additional filtering options, simply click on add filter properties, select an object, like a node, and then select what you would like to filter on - location, department, vendor, OS version, etc. and then apply. Now you can filter the view on your specific requirements.


Once you've created a filter, you can provide that view to other groups or departments. For instance, if I want to give a department VP access to only the performance of resources in her department, then I can filter, and then go to the upper right hand corner and save this view as a new layout. That way the department VP is able to see her resources assuming she has permissions to do so.


You can also narrow the view to eliminate empty categories and change the update interval as well. Simply click the drop down box and select Layout Settings. Here you make your changes. Once you make your changes, go ahead and save.


The AppStack Environment view is very handy to add to your NOC view. Here is how you do it.

  1. From the web console, click Customize Page in the upper right-hand corner.

  2. To start with a clean slate, Let's enable a new tab on the homepage strictly for the NOC view

  3. If you haven't already done so click on enable left navigation.

  4. Then, click Add Tab.

  5. For the name, let's call this NOC View for the tab in the field provided, then click Update. The new tab appears in the column to the left.

  6. Add the AppStack Environment resource to a column by clicking the green [+], then selecting AppStack Environment from the pop-up dialog

  7. Click Add Selected Resources.

  8. Verify that Enable NOC view mode is selected, then click Done.

  9. Now to customize that appstack view, Navigate to Home > Environment.

  10. In the drop down toward the upper right, click it and navigate to Appstack Environment.

  11. Filter your AppStack Environment according to your needs. When done, click Apply Filter.

  12. We can also click the drop-down and go to change layout settings to rename this to MSSQL View andhide categories containing no object

  13. Now hit submit, then save the Layout


Now you are ready to view it. Click on Home, and then click on NOC View.


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