This page introduces you to features of the AppDynamics Controller UI, which is the primary interface you will use to monitor, troubleshoot, and analyze your entire application landscape from backend infrastructure/servers to the end user's application.
Supported Web Browsers
The AppDynamics Controller UI is an HTML5-based browser application that works best with the latest version of any modern browser.
The Controller UI has been tested with and supports the latest versions of the following browsers:
- Google Chrome
- Internet Explorer
- Microsoft Edge
Certain types of ad blockers can interfere with features in the Controller UI. We recommend disabling AdBlock when using the Controller UI to avoid issues loading particular screens.
Navigating the UI
As you start using the Controller UI to configure AppDynamics and monitor your environment, it is helpful to familiarize yourself with the most commonly-used elements of the Controller UI that are frequently referenced in this documentation.
The precise controls and features that appear in the UI depend on your user account permissions and product modules licenses. For example, you would have additional controls in application monitoring screens with an Analytics license. See Manage Users and Groups for more information about user permissions.
The following image depicts 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.
- Time Range Menu: Controls what metric data AppDynamics represents in the UI in the selected time range. See the following section for more information on the time range menu.
- 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 such as adding user accounts, configuring authentication, and more.
Time Ranges in the UI
The Time Range Menu appears in Dashboards, Metric Browser, and lots of other places 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, 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 that involves 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 use 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 and share the URL where desired.