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Exporting a custom dashboard or custom dashboard template generates a JSON file that you can import into another AppDynamics Controller.
You can import or export custom dashboards and templates from the Controller UI, as described here, or programmatically with the REST API. See Configuration Import and Export API for importing and exporting programmatically.
To export a custom dashboard in the Controller UI:
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. Optionally, you can rename the file before importing it.
After creating a custom dashboard, you can export it as a template. Templates let you quickly create new dashboards based on the dashboard.
To export a custom dashboard template:
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.
You can import a dashboard file to create a new dashboard based ona previously exported one.
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.