Dashboard widget queries and filters

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The Query in a dashboard widget is a powerful tool for managing the display of your data. Here are some things to note about widget queries.

Some widgets can have up to five queries. Each query will plot its own set of lines or graphs in the widget. Setting rollup, grouping, top/bottom results, etc. on one query does not affect any other queries for the widget.

You can click on the eye icon to temporarily hide a query. The widget display updates automatically when you hide or show a query. This allows you to check your displayed data for individual queries as you build your widget.

The following widget types can have multiple queries:

Area chart
Stacked area chart
Line chart
Spline chart
Single value widget

The remaining widget types can have only a single query:

Bar chart
Box plot
Scatter plot

Filtering in dashboard queries

You can use any of the following to refine your filter:


What it does



* (Asterisk)

enables you to search for everything


returns all resources that start with "vol" and end with "rhel"

? (question mark)

enables you to search for a specific number of characters


returns BOS-PRD12-S12, BOS-PRD13-S12, and so on


enables you to specify multiple entities

FAS2240 OR CX600 OR FAS3270

returns only the specified resources


allows you to exclude text from the search results


returns everything that does not start with "EMC"


searches for NULL values in all fields


returns results where the target field is empty

Not *

searches for NULL values in text-only fields

Not *

returns results where the target field is empty

If you enclose a filter string in double quotes, Insight treats everything between the first and last quote as an exact match. Any special characters or operators inside the quotes will be treated as literals. For example, filtering for "*" will return results that are a literal asterisk; the asterisk will not be treated as a wildcard in this case. The operators AND, OR, and NOT will also be treated as literal strings when enclosed in double quotes.

Identifying objects returned by queries and filters

The objects returned by queries and filters look similar to those shown in the following illustration. Objects with 'tags' assigned to them are annotations while the objects without tags are performance counters or object attributes.


Metrics Filtering

In addition to filtering on an object’s attributes/tags in a widget, you can filter on metrics as well.

Metrics Filtering

When working with integration data (Kubernetes, ONTAP Advanced Data, etc.), metric filtering removes the individual/unmatched data points from the plotted data series, unlike infrastructure data (storage, VM, ports etc.) where filters work on the aggregated value of the data series and potentially remove the entire object from the chart.

Integration Metric Filtering