NW: Dashboards

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A dashboard is a group of dashlets that give you the ability to view in one space key snapshots of the various modules that you consider important. In NetWitness Suite, you can compose dashboards to obtain high-level information and metrics that portray the overall picture of a NetWitness Suite deployment, displaying only the information that is most relevant to day-to-day operations.

By default, the NetWitness Suite Dashboard is displayed when you log into NetWitness Suite, and it is populated with a few useful dashlets to get you started with your own customizations. The dashlets for all NetWitness Suite modules are available to add to the default NetWitness Suite dashboard or a custom NetWitness Suite dashboard.

To display the NetWitness Suite dashboard, do one of the following:

  • Log on to NetWitness Suite, and the application opens to the NetWitness Suite dashboard.
  • In the NetWitness Suitemenu, select Dashboard.


The Default Dashboard

The default dashboard is configured to display specific dashlets in specific positions. The default dashboard serves as an example of dashboard composition and a starting point for customization.

  • You can customize the information on the default dashboard by editing dashlets, adding dashlets, moving dashlets, maximizing dashlets, and deleting dashlets.
  • After modifying the default dashboard, you can restore the default dashboard to its original layout.
  • The default dashboard cannot be deleted

Custom Dashboards

You can create custom dashboards to serve a particular purpose; for example, to represent a specific geographical or functional area of the network. Each custom dashboard is appended to the Dashboard Selection List.

Once custom dashboards are created, you can:

  • Switch between dashboards by selecting an option from the Dashboard Selection List
  • Delete any custom dashboard
  • Import or export a dashboard

Each dashboard has:

  • The dashboard toolbar
  • The dashboard title and the Dashboards Selection List
  • Zero or more dashlets

Out-Of-The-Box Dashboards

Out-Of-The-Box dashboards are dashboards that will be available to the user on installation. These dashboards are activated on (Undefined variable: Components.SA)installation. For more information on each Out-Of-The-Box dashboards, see the OOTB Dashboards PDF.

Dashboard Toolbar

The dashboard toolbar is available next to the current dashboard title. The dashboard toolbar allows various operations on dashboards and dashlets.




Sets the selected dashboard as Favorite.

Add DashletDisplays the Add a Dashlet dialog, where you add a dashlet to the current dashboard.
Remove DashboardDeletes a custom dashboard. The default dashboard cannot be deleted.
Change Dashboard LayoutDisplays the Change Dashboard Layout dialog, where you change the layout of the dashboard to one of five options.
Create New DashboardDisplays the Create a Dashboard dialog, where you define a custom dashboard.
Rename DashboardDisplays the Rename Dashboard dialog, where you change the dashboard title.
Restore Default DashboardRestores the default dashboard to its original appearance, with the default dashlets in their original positions.
Copy DashboardCreates a copy of a dashboard which can be shared with other roles to be modified.
Export DashboardCreates a .cfg file containing the structure of the current dashboard.
Import DashboardAdds a dashboard based on the previously exported .cfg file.

Share Dashboard

Shares a dashboard with other roles for viewing.

Dashboard Title

The dashboard title reflects the current module; for example, Dashboard.

Dashboard Selection List

You can access custom dashboards on the Dashboard selection list. When you select a custom dashboard, its title is displayed below the NetWitness Suite toolbar.


NetWitness Suite uses dashlets to display focused subsets of system information, services, jobs, resources, subscriptions, rules, Incident Queue activity, Incident Analysts activity, and other information.

NetWitness Suite modules can display only those dashlets presented in the Add a Dashlet dialog. The main dashboard offers all NetWitness Suite dashlets. This is an example of currently available dashlets.


Controls for a dashlet are in the title bar. All dashlets use a common set of controls, and only those that apply to the particular dashlet appear in the title bar.

Collapse verticallyCollapses the dashlet vertically so that only the title is visible.
104ExpandVertIcon.png Expand verticallyExpands the dashlet to its original size.
104DashletForwardIcon.png Page forwardIn dashlets with more than one page, moves to the next page.
104DashletBackIcon.png Page backIn dashlets with more than one page, moves to the previous page.
104DashletLastPageIcon.png Last PageIn dashlets with more than one page, moves to the last page.
104DashletFirstPageIcon.png First PageIn dashlets with more than one page, moves to the first page.
104DashletReloadIcon.png ReloadReloads the dashlet.
104SettingsIcon.png SettingsDisplays configurable settings for the dashlet.
maximize_control_icon.png MaximizeIn some dashlets with content that does not fit horizontally within the width of the dashlet, maximizes a chart or a dashlet to full screen.
104UniDBDeleteIcon.png DeleteDeletes the dashlet from the dashboard.
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