When you first launch Iguana, the software’s main screen displays the Iguana Dashboard. The Dashboard is your mission control console, designed to give you a top-level view of your interface and direct access to all major Iguana functions.
From here, you can:
- Manage your channels
- Stop and start the flow of data
- Monitor your connections and servers
- Customize your Iguana settings
- Search the logs
The Dashboard includes several tabs, panels, and tools to help streamline your workflow:
- The top Dashboard panel shows all the channels in the selected servers.
- The bottom Dashboard panel shows the Server List that the dashboard is monitoring:
- We can view literally thousands of interfaces from a single dashboard
- The servers shown in the Server List are configured in the Settings tab
- This example shows the channels from two of our three servers
- The Dashboard tab brings us back to the this screen.
- The Logs tab takes us to the Logs screen.
- The Settings tab contains server wide configuration for Iguana.
- Use the Search box to filter which channels are visible, based on their name and description:
- You can filter with boolean search expressions
- Some good uses of this are to put CRM IDs in descriptions of channels that map to customers, the search argument can then be supplied on the URL allowing integration with CRM products like Salesforce.com
- The View Options slides out a selector which allows users to customize the columns in the top and bottom panels.
- Bang (!) symbols are used to indicate configuration errors and warnings.
- Channel Actions allows us to perform bulk actions on the channels that have been selected.
- The Add Channel button allows us to create a new channel.
- In Msgs/Sec shows the number of messages coming into the server each second, Out Msgs/Sec shows the number going out.
- Web API links to server information in Expanded (user friendly text) or Compact (XML) format, you can also use HTTP to call the web service API (Monitoring an Iguana Instance with Iguana).
Note: You can sort the Dashboard display in ascending/descending order for any column, by clicking once/twice on the column header name.
Tip: You may find it useful to add the Channel Info column (it is not displayed by default). Use View Options to display it, see Specifying which Dashboard Columns to View.
It gives access to two administration screens:
- Use the Channel Properties page to configure which channels start automatically and their runtime debug levels
- The Channel Routes page gives a diagram showing the configured routes
Continue: Dashboard Columns