You can export dashboard data, such as viewlets and tags, that other users can import. Consider using exported and imported dashboards in cases like these:
- Exporting is a way to save your dashboards for future re-import if, for example, the database that you are using will be replaced.
- Exporting and importing dashboard files is a way to pass dashboards between people or make them available for new users.
- Exporting and importing dashboards can be used to move dashboards from one environment to another.
When exporting dashboards, favorite viewlets are not included. Only external viewlets and data are included.
To export one or more dashboards:
- On the Manage Dashboards dialog, select the dashboard or dashboards.
- Click Export.
A file called exported_dashboards[uniqueid].json is generated and downloaded through your browser. The file can be saved or opened.
You can make this file available to others through email or a network shared drive. Other users can then use this file to import these dashboards through the import process described in the next section.
You can import a dashboard that you or someone else has exported. For example, an administrator might create a set of dashboards specifically for new users, export them to a file, and have a new user import that file.
To import dashboards:
- On the Manage Dashboards dialog, click Import to open the Import Dashboards dialog.
- Under Choose Import file, click Choose File.
- Use the Open dialog to navigate to the dashboard file or files that you want to import.
- Double-click the file or select multiple files and click Open.
- Dashboards from the file are listed on the left side of the dialog.
- To view details about a dashboard, such as its tags and viewlets, click the magnifying glass icon .
- By default, importing connections are mapped to the first workgroup server connection that is in use. If you only have one connection in use and do not have permission to create connections on import, you are not able to map to other connections.
But if you have more than one connection in use or do have permission to create connections on import, and you want to import the dashboards into a connection other than the default, click Map Connection(s). The User Connection list includes all connections that are in use. Select the connection that you want use for the imported data.
If you have the Allowed Create Connection On Import right, you can allow new connections to be added automatically at import, if needed: select the Add if not found in option from the User Connection list. Your connections are searched for those that have the same port and connection list as the importing connections, even if the names are different. If no such connections are found, a new connection is added.
- By default, the Add New Dashboard(s) To Current Perspective checkbox is selected, so that upon import, new dashboards will be added to the current User Perspective. If you want to prevent this from happening, clear the checkbox.
- Choose the specific dashboards that you want to import by selecting their checkboxes.
Click Import. The imported dashboard or dashboards are displayed. If you’ve chosen to import multiple dashboards, the first one is displayed.
If you already have a dashboard with the same name as one that you are importing, a (1) is appended to the imported dashboard’s name.