Using filtering options in the TrueSight console

You can filter and classify the data displayed on the pages of the TrueSight console as per your requirement, with the help of various data filters.

For custom views, you must first enable these filters when you configure a custom view, and then use them to customize the output and display of information. 

Using page-level filters

At the page level, you can specify the following filters:

Filter typeDescription 
Domain filter

 Filter data based on a specific domain. The default value is No filter .

Information

For a custom view, if the Administrator has configured the default domain, this field displays the configured default domain.

Tag filter

Filter data based on a specific tag. For example, you can display only those systems with tags "x86" and "VMware". 

For more information, see Working with tag filters. The default value is No filter

Time filter

Filter data based on a specific time period. For example, YesterdayLast 7 daysLast 30 days. Based on the time filter selected, data only for that time period is displayed. For example, if you know that a specific time period holds data associated with an incident or planned intervention, you can use an appropriate time filter to display data that you can better analyze. The default value is Last 30 days.

Time resolution filter

Analyze peaks in granular data by modifying the time resolution for charts in a view. The default value is Automatic Resolution.

Quick table filter Filter the table content on specific values of some columns.

The filter that you apply to a page is preserved during the active logon session. After you re-log on, the pages display the default filters. 

You can bookmark the applied filter in your browser.

Information

In custom views:

  • To apply a domain, time, or tag filter, first ensure that the filter is enabled.
  • If multiple pages in a view have a filter with the same label, the filter, when applied, is preserved even when you navigate to different pages of the same view.

To use domain filters

The following example illustrates how to use domain filters in a custom view. 

  1. Navigate to the required view. The available filters are displayed at the top of the view. For this example, only the domain filter is displayed as shown in the following image:
  2. Click the action menu  next to No Domain Filter and click Apply Domain Filter.
  3. In the Apply Domain Filter dialog box, a list of available domains are displayed.

    If there are subdomains under a parent domain, you can expand the parent domain to display the sub-domains under it. 
    If the list is long, you can also type a string in the Search field and click Search. A list of names containing the search string is displayed and you can select the domain you require.

    Information

    For a custom view, if the Administrator has configured the root domain, the Apply Domain Filter list displays only the subdomains of the configured root domain.

  4. Click Apply.
    The view displays details of only the selected domain. The name of the domain is displayed at the top of view as shown in the following image:


    To clear the filter, click the action menu  next to Domain: <domainName> and click Clear Domain Filter as shown in the following image:

Similarly, you can use tag, time, and time resolution filters.

To use tag filters

TrueSight Capacity Optimization provides a set of useful tags that are categorized in groups. You can also define custom tags for your specific needs. You can use tags to search for entities, and to create entity filters that will list all the entities matching a particular tag pattern.

You can use tags to filter what to display on a page. To use tags in custom views, first ensure that the tag filter is enabled.

For out-of-the-box views, you can also create temporary tags for information that you require only for your current login session. In case, you want to reuse the temporary tag in the future, you can also save it. For detailed information on temporary tags, see Working with tag filters.

For more information about tags, see Working with tags.

To use time filters

By default, the summarization time range for all metrics is set to Last 30 days. You can select an alternate range from the following available options:

  • Yesterday: Displays data for the previous day, excluding today.
  • Last 7 days: Displays data for the last 7 days, excluding today.
  • Last 30 days: Displays data for the last 30 days, excluding today.
  • Select Time Filter: Displays a list of predefined time ranges that you can select from. For example, Last 180 days, Last 30 days, and so on.
  • Define Period: Enables you to define a custom time range. Use the calendar to select the start and end dates for your custom time period. This option is not available for all views.
The following example illustrates how to use time filters in a custom view.

  1. Navigate to the required view. The available filters are displayed at the top of the view. In this example, the Last 30 days time filter is the default filter used, as shown in the following image:

  2. To view data for the last seven days, click the action menu  next to Last 30 days and click last 7 days.

    The view updates to show data only for the last seven days, as shown in the following image:

To use time resolution filters

The time resolution filter is available only in pages that display charts. The filter is to be used in conjunction with the Time filter to obtain detailed data in the charts.

You can choose any of the following options for this filter:

  • Automatic Resolution: Displays charts with a resolution that is based on the time range as selected in the Time filter:

    Time range selectionTime resolution selected
    Greater than 365 daysMonthly
    Greater than 60 daysDaily
    Greater than one dayHourly
    For other rangeDetail

    This is the default and recommended option. 

  • Detail:   Displays the charts with the resolution that the ETL used to populate data in the domain. For example, for a VMware vSphere view, the ETL populates data every 15 minutes. By selecting Detail time resolution, you can display the charts with data points for every 15 minutes. 
  • Hourly: Displays charts with a data point for every hour.
  • Daily: Displays charts with a data point for every day.

To use quick table filter

Values of some columns in a table are clickable and enable you to filter the table content on that value. Only columns with text values are used in the quick filter. If a table displays more than 20 columns that you can filter on, then the quick table filter is disabled.

To use quick table filter:

a. Move your mouse over the column value that you want to filter the table data on.

b. If you see the  Filter icon next to the value, click the value. Else, the column value cannot be used as a quick filter. The table displays the data based on the applied filter.

The following example illustrates how to use quick table filter in a custom view.


Using entity type filters

Pages in the out-of-the-box or custom views that use the Data explorer or System details template enable you to select a value from the entity type filter and show data for that entity. For example, you can filter a table that lists all the clusters in your VMware infrastructure to show details for a specific cluster. 

The entity type can be system or business driver type:

  • System type filter: When multiple filters are configured, you can select one or more values from the parent filters and only one value from the child filter. 
  • Business driver type filter: When configured, you can select only one value from the filter. 

If the view page has the subresource filter configured, you can select multiple values from that filter. 

You can use the name of a entity type filter to manage the behavior of these filters across different pages of a view. For instance, to retain the filter value while navigating across different pages of a view, set the same entity type filter name in those view pages. To ensure that filter values are different while navigating across different pages of a view, set different names for the entity type filters.

Entity type filters are available for selection only if the view page is a tabbed page in the custom view. They are not available for view pages in the full-screen mode.

To use entity type filters

Consider the following example to use the system type filter:

  1. Click  the action menu next to the displayed system type filter, and click Select <filterName>.
  2. In the Select <filterName> box that opens, a list of systems corresponding to the type, are displayed. 
    In this example, the system type filter is a Host filter that enables you to select a host from the total list. If the list is long, you can also type a string in the Search field and click Search. A list of names containing the search string is displayed and you can select the host that you require.
    Because the view page in this example has only filter configured, you can select only one value from the Host (system type) filter.
  3. Select the required system and click Apply.
    In this case, a host is selected and the view page shows the data for the selected host.

Using data mart filters

For view pages that use the Summary table template in both out-of-the-box and custom views, you can use data mart filters to refine or reduce the scope of the data that is displayed on the page. Data mart filters make it easier to work on a subset of data.

In custom views, when you configure the template, you must first select the data mart filters to be able to use them.

The data mart filters are displayed on top of the summary table as shown in the following image. In this example, a Cluster filter and Host filter are displayed. You can select multiple clusters or hosts in the filter at a time.

In custom views, the number of filters displayed depend on how many filters you select, while creating the custom views.

To use data mart filters

  1. Click next to the displayed filter,and click Apply <filterName> Filter.
    In this example, the Cluster ID Filter is applied.
  2. In the Select <filterName> box that opens, a list of items corresponding to the type of filter, are displayed. 
    In this example, a list of clusters are displayed, since the Cluster Filter is applied. 
    If the list is long, you can also type a string in the Search field and click Search. A list of names containing the search string is displayed and you can select the cluster you require.
  3. Select one or more clusters and click Apply.
    The filtered table is displayed as shown in the following image.
     

    You can further filter out data by using the Host filter.
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