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Pro Tip - Maximizing the Markdown Tile

ChadTurner
Leader

Have you tried Markdown tiles yet? If you haven't you have no idea what you are missing! Markdown Tiles are a great way to provide extra information outside of the custom charts on the dashboard. This provides a one stop shop for monitoring both within Dynatrace and across all other monitoring applications you have in your organization.

While this information might not be new to some users, I want to drill down into the use of these Markdown Tiles.

Lets quickly make a Markdown Tile by Selecting Edit > Selecting Markdown Tile > and placing the tile where desired:


Once created, Dynatrace will give you a Sample of what you can do in the Markdown Tile. Specifically I want to highlight using links to jump from one Dashboard to another. This can be very useful in the event you dont want to clutter up your main dashboard and provide a direct link to another dashboard. But what we have seen is that these links will open up a new tab and could even change your Management Zone.

So how do we do this? First lets get an understanding of the dashboard URLs. Here is a sample one we will dissect:

From the Image above we can determine the following:

RED: Your Environment ID (Managed/SaaS Customers)

Purple: The selected Time Frame - Currently set as the last 2 hours

Yellow: The Management Zone Selected - In this case the filter = All

Green: The Dashboard ID of the dashboard you are currently on

So as you can see, we are on a Test Dashboard and we put a mark down tile on it. now that we know how to read the Dashboard URLs, lets go ahead and link our Test2 dashboard to the Test 1 dashboard via the Markdown Tile.

First thing we will need to do is Copy the URL of the dashboard you want to link in. With that URL on your clipboard, lets edit the Markdown Tile.

Now, you can paste the entire URL in the (__) but, keep in mind, If you include your Environment ID (In Red) it will open an entirely new tab, so If that is desired, you can keep the start of the URL.

If you dont want a new tab and rather have the dashboard load up in the existing tab, remove everything prior to the #Dashboard

While we are here, you can also edit the time frame for each dashboard, If you want the time frame that you have on the current dashboard, remove the section in purple, this goes the same for the Management Zones. If you want the current selected time frame and current selected Management Zone to be transferred to the dashboard you are linking to, just remove those variables. so your link will look something like this:


Now lets Try it out!


As you can see we are brought right to the Test 2 Dashboard all without opening a new tab and all within a matter of seconds while still not needing to re-apply your time frame and/or Management Zone.


Last but not least, Dont forget to but in a back button to allow your users to get back to the original main dashboard. We will do this the same exact way, On Test 2 Dashboard select Edit> MarkdownTile and supply the following:

As you can see in Purple, I've added a Emoji along with text, but I could have left the Emoji as if it were a button. In Yellow we also passed the ## which makes the text larger. And lastly we provided the #dashboard;id=#####.

So lets see this in action! :

For this we even changed the Management Zone and the Time frame to further showcase how if we leave out the "gtf=l_24_HOURS;gf=all" we will transfer the current view we are in - this is very beneficial even when you are looking at a problem and want to keep the problem analysis in place.


The Possibilities are endless so give it a try! One thing to note - If the URL is outside of the environment you are in, you will need to provide the full URL. And as a result it will open in a new tab. So feel free to link your other tools, maybe a quick link to VMware admin console, kubernetes clusters and so on!

Let me know if you have any question or comments!

-Chad
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ChadTurner
Leader

@Larry R. I hope you find this useful as you work with the Markdown tile!

-Chad

Great stuff once again @Chad T.!

There is one other reason I prefer to use the markdown tile. While you can see the boarder of the tile in edit mode, there is no boarder outside of edit mode. If I am breaking a dashboard up into multiple sections, I will often use "---" which will place a solid underscore that will go the length of however you stretch the tile. I find it just looks much better having that header below a title for the flow of the dashboard design.

As you pointed out, do use the ability to internally link to other dashboards within the same environment by using the ID. We use this often as well as shown about under "Memory Quick Links". The links above that flow outside of the environment. Have fun!

Thats a great Point @Larry R. - You can use even more features that are not originally posted in Dynatrace. like the --- for a solid underscore!

-Chad

Hi Chad,

looks now behavior of links to other dashboards changed (ver 1.214.118). At minimum "implicit" gtf and gf parameters are overwritten by default dashboard settings 😞
Maybe bug  ?

 

BR, Josef

rmeli
Participant

Thank's for the tip. I Just added a link to one of our other tools from the users' dashboard.

You are very welcome! I am happy to hear that. You can also leverage the tile as a communication area or an application owners list:

-Chad

waikeat_chan
Mentor

Helpful indeed Chad, thanks for sharing!

You are very welcome!

-Chad