The topology in StackState is likely much bigger than what you care about at any given point in time. StackState allows you to filter the topology in a view so you can locate the part of the topology you are interested in.

Accessing views

Views can be accessed by clicking on the Views link in the top navigation bar or using the hamburger menu in the top left corner. When you select a view, StackState will show the components in the view and restrict all further information (telemetry, problems, events) to only those components.

Creating views

To create a new view, navigate to Explore Mode via the hamburger menu. Explore Mode shows you all components in StackState. If your IT landscape is too big, StackState will encourage you to narrow your search by filtering topology in the view.

When a view is modified or you created a new view starting from Explore Mode, a Save As View button will appear at the top of the screen. Click this button to save (the changes to) your view.

View health state

Every individual/team has a different definition of when the part of the environment they are watching over is in danger. View health state can be used to indicate when the whole, as defined in a view, is in danger. The view can be in three states:

  • Green - CLEAR - There is nothing to worry about.
  • Orange - DEVIATING - Something may require your attention.
  • Red - CRITICAL - Attention is needed right now, because something is broken.

To enable view health state set switch View Health State Enabled to on. This can be done in the dialog when saving a new view or editing an existing one. This is also where the view health state function is configured, which determines how to . Often this will be the number of components to be deviating or critical before the view health state changes.

Alerting on view health state

An activity event is triggered when a view changes its health state. This event can be used in event handlers to, for example, trigger an e-mail or Slack message. Please refer to alerting to understand how to set that up.

Deleting views

Views can be deleted by selecting the delete menu option from the view context menu (accessed either via the view name or the main hamburger menu).

Editing view settings

View settings can be edited by selecting the edit menu option from either the view context menu (accessed either via the view name or the main hamburger menu).

Securing views (RBAC)

Through a combination of configuration of permissions and scope, it is possible to give specific users:

  • access to a specific subset of the topology (a so-called scope) and allowing them to create their own views
  • access to specific views and disallowing them to create, modify or delete views

Please refer to the RBAC documentation.