How to Build a SolarWinds Dashboard for Errors and Discard with Power BI
In this article, we will be examining the errors and discards using a SolarWinds database. Using a matrix in Power BI, we can observe the data using drill-down techniques as we nest some of the fields.
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Step 1: To begin, select a multidimensional database (MDB)
Step 2: Select a cube. We’ll use ‘NPM’
Step 3: Select the ‘OK’ button
Step 4: Select the ‘Matrix’ option from under ‘Visualizations’
Step 5: Drag the edges if the matrix to resize it and make it easier to see
Step 6: Select the search bar to start building out analysis. Type in ‘hierarchy – machine’
Step 7: Select the ‘Hierarchy – Machine’ field
Step 8: Select the search field, delete the last query, and type in ‘IF Name’
Step 9: Click and hold on the ‘IF Name’ option
Step 10: Drag it over to the ‘Rows’ section, under the hierarchy
Step 11: Select the search bar, delete the last query, and type in ‘interface type description’
Step 12: Click and hold on the ‘Interface Type Description’ field
Step 13: Drag it down into the ‘Filters’ section
Step 14: Open up the ‘Interface Type Description’ by selecting the dropdown button on it in the ‘Filters’ section
Step 15: Select the ‘PPP’ option to filter
Step 16: Select the ‘PPP Multilink Bundle’ filter
Step 17: Also select the ‘Serial’ option
Step 18: Select the search bar, delete the last query, and type in ‘inbound errors’
Step 19: Select the ‘Inbound Errors’ option
Step 20: Select the search field, delete the last query, and type in ‘outbound discards’
Step 21: Select the ‘Outbound Discards’ field to add it to the matrix
Step 22: Right click on the ‘Vendor’ option so we can expand the matrix and see more of the data
Step 23: Select the ‘Expand to next level’
Step 24: Select the search bar, delete the last query, and type in ‘percentage of interface discards overall’
Step 25: Select the ‘Percentage of Interface Discards Overall’ field
Step 26: Now we can see all the data neatly laid out. By right-clicking on the ‘Vendor’ side, we can expand up or down if needed.
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