1.0 Dashboard Basics

In this section, we'll take a look at basic access to the FileWave dashboard and give information on it's various built-in components. If you intend to use this dashboard, but you are new to it, then this is the place to start.

1.1 Accessing the FileWave Dashboard

What

Your account will need permission to access the FileWave Dashboard.

When/Why

There are three permission levels for the dashboard for each admin logon:

The permissions are defined with the following options in the Manage Administrators Assistant:  

How

Accessing the dashboard itself is quite simple once your account has proper permissions.  From the WebAdmin, simply choose the Go To Dashboard link:

You will automatically be authenticated using the already established credentials to the WebAdmin.  Note that all access to the dashboard is routed through the WebAdmin

1.2 Default Dashboard

What

Once you access the dashboard, you are going to be presented with a default system dashboard that looks something like this:

When/Why

This simple dashboard (called FileWave System) is basically the equivalent of the dashboard in the native admin.  It shows you basic configuration elements, and let's you know whether there are configuration issues with a simple color code.

How

Taking action to remediate issues will resolve the reporting.  i.e. In the above, I do not have a macOS client specified for use by DEP, therefore the DEP widget shows as red.  If I uploaded the pre-configured client in my admin, this issue would be resolved, and the widget would turn green.

1.3 FileWave Provided Dashboards

What

FileWave provides a number of default dashboards, some of which will be useful to you directly, and others that will be more useful to support staff.

When/Why

Of course everything that we do with the dashboard is about reporting.  There are hundreds of things you might want to report on...we give you many examples to work with which you'll see below:

How

The important thing to note is that these dashboards are starting points for you, not necessarily destinations unto themselves.  You can slice/dice/transform and re-imagine all of these elements in your own dashboards at your discretion.  Note that the FileWave provided dashboards can not be modified directly, but they can be copied to dashboards of your own.

1.4 Switching Between Dashboards

What

Switching between various dashboards is the first thing you are going to want to do once you login.

When/Why

Switching between various dashboards allows you to look at different types of data in different ways.  I may want to open new browser tabs with different content, I may want to switch between views in the same tab.  Or, I may even want the singular tab to cycle through content for me on its own (called a playlist).

How

We'll start simple here, and just discuss switching between different dashboards.  The easiest way is to simply use the header links to switch as shown below:

Note that there are other methods too...such as Dashboards→Manage:

1.5 Dashboard Panel/Widget Layout

What

The dashboard panels are highly customizable and allow you to change the appearance of your dashboard to suit your needs.

When/Why

Just copying and pasting content into a dashboard is a good first step, but we can tailor the information to be portrayed in just the way we like.

How

Simply put, every panel/widget can be resized and moved around to your chosen location, as shown below:

1.6 Exposing an Association to Dashboard (v14+)

What

With the new FileWave Dashboard, it is possible to track the status of any deployment graphically.

When/Why

This will be important to us anytime we have a significant rollout, and especially if we need to communicate the status to others in the organization.

How

To make the data show, simply select the "Expose to Dashboard" option on any association as shown below: