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Users in the Controller UI can change their passwords, account settings, date and time format, and other user-specific settings in the User Preferences tab, as described by this topic.

Change Account Settings

The account settings for a Controller UI user include the user's password, display name, and contact email. 

Passwords and account settings are attributes of local user accounts (that is, AppDynamics users). If your Controller is configured to use an external authentication mechanism to control access, such as SAML or LDAP, you need to change the equivalent settings in the external system instead. 

To change your password

  1. From the upper right menu bar of the Controller UI, click the User icon and then My Preferences.
  2. Click the Change Password button.
  3. Enter your current password in the Current Password field.
  4. Type your new password in the New Password and Confirm New Password fields, and then click Save

You will need to enter the new password the next time you log in. 

To change your display name and contact email

The display name is the name that the Controller uses to identify you in certain screen text and messages. For example, it appears in notifications to other Controller users when you share a dashboard with them. 

  1. In the Controller UI, access your user preferences by clicking the User icon and then My Preferences.
  2. Click the Edit Account button.
    Note that your username cannot be changed. To effect a change of a username, you would need to have an administrator delete your account and create another one with the new name. 
  3. Enter new values for: 
    • Display Name: Your new display name in the UI. 
    • Email: The email address where you want to receive notifications from the Controller. 
  4. Enter your current password in the Current Password field. The Controller uses this field to ensure your identity before making changes to your account. If you do not provide the correct password, your changes will not be applied.
  5. Click the Save button. 

The change take effect immediately.

Configure View Preferences

The Controller UI allows individual users to customize certain view preferences in the UI, such as the time and date format and style elements of the UI. 

To configure view preferences 

  1. In the Controller UI, access your user preferences by clicking the User icon and then My Preferences.
  2. In the View Preferences of the page, configure any of the following settings as desired: 
    • Date Format: By default, the format is MM/DD/YY (for example, 09/25/14). Choose an alternate format from the drop-down menu.
    • Use 24 hour Time Format: Enable this option if you want the UI to represent time in 24-hour time format instead of 12 hour clock format.  
    • Enable Help Pop-ups: Help popups provide help text in context in the Controller UI. By default, they are enabled. To prevent help popups from appearing in the UI, clear this checkbox. 
      Alternatively, you can prevent individual popups by selecting the Don't Show Again checkbox when the popup appears. To clear the list of popups marked as "Don't Show Again", click the Reset All button. 
    • Graph Color Scheme for the Metric Browser: Select either Light or Dark to change the metric browser color scheme. 
    • Graph Color Scheme for All Other Graphs: Select either Light or Dark to change the navigation panel color scheme. 
    • Maximum number of Backends to display in graphical views: This setting limits the number of backend systems that appear in flowcharts or other graphical depictions of your application environment. The default is 20.  
    • Font: Determines the font type used in the UI. For screen text, the Controller UI uses a font set it embeds and manages by default. If the operating system of the computer on which you access the Controller UI uses a non-English language, you can configure the UI to use non-English languages by setting the font to use system fonts instead. For more information, see Internationalization.
    • Mouse Wheel Legacy Mode: If scrolling in the Controller UI using your mouse scroll doesn't work properly, you should try enabling the Mouse Wheel Legacy Mode option. This may be necessary if accessing the Controller UI with certain older browsers.  
  3. You may need to log out of the UI and log back in to see the effects of your changes. 

Advanced Features

AppDynamics cloud automation features allow you to set up workflows that are triggered by policy conditions. By default, the features are hidden in the UI. You need to specifically enable the features to configure cloud auto-scaling features.

To enable cloud automation features in the UI, enable the Show Cloud Auto-Scaling option. Enabling this option displays the Cloud Auto-Scaling link at the bottom left side of the UI, under the Alert & Respond menu.

See Workflow Overview for information about using cloud scaling automation features. See Policies for information about specifying policy conditions that trigger workflows.

About Debug Mode

The debug mode in the Controller UI is primarily intended for internal use by the AppDynamics development team. 

In some cases, you may be asked to enable debug mode in consultation with AppDynamics Support, for example, when you are troubleshooting an issue. However, it is important to note that certain debug mode options can negatively impact Controller performance. For this reason, you should only enable debug mode when directly advised to do so by AppDynamics Support.