In addition, new visualizations and dashboards can be created for the vast amount of data provided by the Z Common Data Provider that might not be covered in IBM Z Operational Log and Data Analytics. You can create your own dashboards to meet your specific needs.
This article provides a step-by-step instruction on creating a custom dashboard for analyzing messages from the z/OS syslog. The scenario assumes that you are already running the Z Common Data Provider on your z/OS system and you are familiar with creating policy files and distributing them to the Z Common Data Provider started tasks.
Before you create the dashboard to visualize data, you need to make sure you are sending the correct data to the Z Data Analytics platform.
Select data stream
A vertical bar chart with the default values for the X and Y axis is displayed. You will have to add an X-axis and then do some customizations.
a. In the Buckets section, click Add and select X-axis. Specify the following values in the fields: Aggregation: Date Histogram Field: @timestampb. Click Update to refresh the visualization.c. In the Buckets section, click Add and select Split Series. Specify the following values in the fields to create sub aggregations based on system names, and restrict the number to top 10 systems. Sub aggregation: Terms Field: systemName Size: 10d. Click Update to refresh the visualization.
The Z Data Analytics platform dashboards allow you to filter data by selecting items in one of the graphs. When an item is selected, that filter applies to all the other views in the dashboard.
For example, in the Syslog Messages by systemName chart, select a vertical bar for NMP196, all the views in the dashboard will display only data for NMP196. Likewise, in the Syslog Messages by Message Type chart, you can select the E type messages and filter down to show just those types of messages. With these filters, you can see the E type message on system NMP196.
Syslog Messages by systemName
Syslog Messages by Message Type
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