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The AppDynamics Controller UI is the primary interface you will use to monitor, troubleshoot, and analyze your entire application landscape, from backend infrastructure and servers to the end user's app.

This topic introduces you to a few of the features of the Controller UI. 

Supported Web Browsers

The AppDynamics Controller UI is an HTML 5-based browser application that works best with the latest version of any modern browser. 

The Controller UI has been tested with and supports the last two versions of the following browsers:

  • Safari
  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Internet Explorer

A small number of pages in the Controller UI leverage Flash, and require Flash Player 10 or later; AppDynamics recommends version 11.

Certain types of ad blockers can interfere with features in the Controller UI. We recommend disabling ad blockers while using the Controller UI.

Navigating the UI

As you start using the Controller UI to configure AppDynamics and monitor your environment, it is helpful to get acquainted with the elements of the Controller UI that you will use most and that are referenced frequently in this documentation.

The precise controls and features that appear in the UI depending on the permissions of your user account and licensed product modules. For example, with Analytics licensed, you will have additional controls in application monitoring screens. See Manage Users and Groups for more information about user permissions.

The following image shows the main elements of the interface:

The UI elements include:

  • Top Navigation Bar: Use to navigate the major product areas and cross product feature areas, such as Alert & Respond and Dashboard & Reports. 
  • Left Navigation Menu: Use to access sections specific to the product area. 
  • Settings menu: Access pages where you can customize the UI environment, view your account information, or, if permitted by your user role, configure administration settings for the UI such as add user accounts, configure authentication, and more.
  • Time range menu: Controls what metric data AppDynamics represents in the UI. The UI only shows the data generated in the selected time range. See the following section for more information on the time range menu.

Time Ranges in the UI

The Time Range menu appears in dashboards, the Metric Browser, and elsewhere in the UI. The time range selection determines what data appears in the main panel throughout the UI, except in the case of pages such as the Scalability Analysis page, where other time contexts apply. When you choose a new time range from the menu, it remains the active range as you navigate to other pages in the UI. 

The time range menu has preconfigured time ranges you can choose from, or you can enter a custom time range. You can set custom time ranges that terminate in the past, making them useful for analyzing trends over time. 

You can save custom time ranges as a named range for viewing later or for sharing with teammates. To save a time range, after you have selected a custom time range, click the Save icon next to the menu. Once saved, your custom named time range appears in the time range menu. Remove, modify, or share saved time ranges from the Manage Custom Time Range option accessible from the Time Range menu.

For a flow map, you can choose to enable the auto-refresh functionality only for 5 minutes and 15 minutes time range. From the standard time range list, select 5 or 15 minutes to view the Auto-refresh checkbox at the bottom of the list. Selecting the Auto-refresh checkbox refreshes data automatically for the chosen standard time range.

Sharing Views With Other Users

Troubleshooting an application issue is often a collaborative effort involving multiple Controller UI users. You can share a particular view of the UI, such as a flow map or metric browser view, with other users using deep links.

A deep link is a shareable URL that retains the time range currently active in the UI. Time ranges that are relative to the current time, such as 'last 15 minutes', are represented as fixed time ranges in the URL. 

To share a view, click Settings > Copy a link to this screen to the clipboard. You can then paste the URL where desired and share, for example in an email or chat window.