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You can export and import custom dashboards and custom dashboard templates interactively from the Controller UI using the procedure described here or programatically using a special REST API

The export operation creates a JSON file, which you can then import to another controller.

See Configuration Import and Export API  for information on importing and exporting custom dashboards and dashboard templates programmatically.

Export and Import Custom Dashboards From the UI

Export Custom Dashboards from the UI

Do one of the following:

  • From the custom dashboard list, select the dashboard that you want to export and click the Export button in the Dashboards menu bar.
    or
  • From the dashboard editor of the dashboard that you want to export while in edit mode, select Export Dashboard from the More Actions (lightening bolt) pulldown menu.

If you have edit permissions for dashboards, you can use either method. If you do not have edit permissions, use the Export option from the custom dashboard list.

The dashboard is exported to a file named CustomDashboard_<dashboard_name>_<unique_id>.json.

You can optionally rename this file before you import it.

Export Custom Dashboard Templates from the UI

  1. In the pulldown menu of the My Dashboards tab of the tier or node dashboard from which you want to export a template click Manage Dashboards.
  2. In the list of of dashboard templates, select the one that you want to export and click the Export button in the Tier / Node Dashboards menu bar.

Importing and exporting are for re-using the template in an different application or a different controller. If you want to use the template in another tier or node in the same application you do not have to export and import it. You can simply associate it. See Associate a Custom Dashboard Template with a Tier or Node in Create and Manage Custom Dashboards and Templates.

Import Custom Dashboards from the UI

The import operation places the custom dashboard into the proper location for use by the controller into which you are importing.

  1. From the custom dashboards list, click Import in the menu bar
  2. Click Choose File and navigate to the previously exported JSON file that you want to import.
  3. Click Open.
  4. Click Import.

If the metrics, nodes, tiers, or applications used in the exported dashboard do not exist in the new controller environment, warning messages are displayed.

The warnings look like this:

Even when the metrics are not available in the new controller environment, your import succeeds and preserves the widgets and layout of the dashboard. You can modify the widget properties substituting different metrics to create a similar-looking dashboard in the new environment. 

Import Custom Dashboard Templates from the UI

  1. In the pulldown menu of the My Dashboards tab of the tier or node dashboard from which you want to export a template click Manage Dashboards.
  2. In the Tiers/Nodes Dashboards list of of dashboard templates, select the dashboard template that you want to export and click the Import button in the menu bar.

 

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