You monitor metric data by creating charts on dashboards based on queries to your data. Dashboards can contain any number of metric charts. Once created, you can apply global filters and change the reporting time period.
Create a Metrics Dashboard
Dashboards are accessed from the Dashboard view.
From the navigation bar, click Dashboards.
The view shows all dashboards for your project.
Dashboards can be based on metric data or tracing data (called Streams).
Click Create a dashboard.
Click Create a Metrics dashboard from the modal. A new blank dashboard displays.
Click in the title to rename your dashboard.
You’re now ready to add charts to the dashboard.
Edit a Metrics Dashboard
You can apply global filters, and change the reporting time period.
Apply Global Filters
You can change the data reported on in the dashboard by applying global filters based on available tags. For example, say you have these three charts in your dashboard.
You hear that the customer PackingKings is experiencing issues accessing your app. You can filter the charts to show just data from that customer.
Global filters only affect your view - they are not persisted.
To add global filters, click the Apply filters button and choose the tags for your filter.
When adding multiple filters, Lightstep narrows down your choices based on tags available after the previous filter. Multiple selections use
AND to join filters.
Change the Reporting Time Range
By default, the data shown is from the last hour. You can change that to a number of different time ranges, up to one week in the past, using the dropdown. Use the < > controls to move backwards and forwards through time.
Changing the time period only affects your view - the change isn’t persisted.
Share a Dashboard
Lightstep creates a short link that you can use to share a dashboard. Any filters or time ranges applied to the dashboard are maintained when the other person visits the link. Click the Share icon and copy the URL.
Clone a Dashboard
You can clone an entire dashboard by clicking the More ( ⋮ ) icon and selecting Clone.
Cloned dashboards do not copy over the global filters and they reset to the default time period of the last 60 minutes.
Change the name and click Clone.
You can also clone a dashboard from the Dashboard List view.
Clone a Chart on a Dashboard
You can clone an individual chart on a dashboard by clicking the More ( ⋮ ) icon on the chart and selecting Clone.
Cloned charts use any global filters and the time period set for the dashboard.
Change the name and click Clone.
Delete a Chart from a Dashboard
Hover over a chart and use the More ( ⋮ ) icon to delete it from the dashboard.
Deleting a chart from a dashboard deletes it from Lightstep.
Delete a Dashboard
You can delete a dashboard from either the dashboard itself or from the Dashboard list. Deleting a dashboard also deletes all charts created for it.
Deleting a dashboard deletes it and all associated charts from Lightstep.
To delete it from the dashboard, use the More ( ⋮ ) icon and select Delete.
To delete it from the list view, use the More ( ⋮ ) icon for the dashboard and select Delete.
View a Single Chart
To get a better look at a chart on a dashboard, you can enlarge it. Hover over the chart and click the Enlarge icon.
The chart opens in the editing view with the query builder collapsed. You can open it to edit the query.
If the chart contains multiple queries or queries and a formula, you can toggle their display on and off.
The toggle selection is not persisted to the dashboard.
You manage all your dashboards (for metrics and Streams) from the Dashboard view. By default, dashboards are listed in alphabetical order.
Sorting and dashboard favorites are saved only for a user. Other users will not see your sort or favorites.
You can sort the dashboards by any column.
Search for a Dashboard
Use the Search field to find a dashboard. You can search by name, date, type, or creator’s name.
Favorite a Dashboard
You can favorite a dashboard so that it always appears at the top of the dashboard list. Click the star on the left.
Investigate a Deviation
From any chart on a dashboard you can use Lightstep’s Change Intelligence to determine what cased the change in performance. Change Intelligence links metric data with trace data to find components in your system whose performance changed at the same time as the metric change, allowing you to find the root cause without leaving Lightstep.
You can’t use Change Intelligence with big number charts.