When creating a network operations centre dashboard, it has to be concise, informational and relevant.

A network operating centre dashboard, should contain IP addresses, server hostnames, relevant connection information, server and software status. It could also contain server specifications.

For this production environment, I have applied a background image created in visio and I have added the live solarwinds nodes in network atlas onto the diagram to make the diagram update dynamically whenever a change to a node/software is detected.

I have created a custom representation for MySQL and for each Application that runs within the IIS instance on the node.

I have also created a custom WPM dashboard monitor that will highlight problems within a currently running transaction. It is easy to see, whether there is a web application issue, an IIS issue, a MySQL issue or a server issue.

We can break down an environment into key metrics that we want to monitor creating an alerting matrix.

This matrix will show the status of the node/server, MySQL, IIS, Memory, Disk.

It is easy to see which server has a problem and which component is in a critical / warning state.

Along with correctly configured alerts, a good dashboard will give a network operations centre team a 100% visibility of their environment allowing them to predict and solve critical issues, quickly and efficiently.

Update : 12/07/2017 : After providing the above to my customer I went away and looked at how they were using the display. After consultation with the customer I have now built a new operational display that expands upon the matrix idea. This new display gives the customer more information on one screen about each node and it takes less time to load. The new Operational display is modular so it can be used in other areas of Solarwinds. Here it is…