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Bookmark and monitor parts of your IT landscape with views
This page describes StackState version 4.3.
The StackState 4.3 version range is End of Life (EOL) and no longer supported. We encourage customers still running the 4.3 version range to upgrade to a more recent release.
The full topology available in StackState is likely much larger than you need to be concerned with at any given point in time. StackState allows you to create a filter to select a specific set of components from your topology and save it as a view. Each stored view includes:
Generally speaking, views serve two major purposes:
- 1.Views are a type of bookmark. They help you to find your way back to a part of your topology that is of particular interest to you or your team. They may also serve as a starting point for defining new views.
- 2.Views can be used for event notifications and automation. Whenever a change within the view requires your attention, an event handler can send out a notification, create an incident in an ITSM system or trigger automation.
Views marked with a star will be included directly in the main menu for easy access. Starred views are a personal preference that is stored in your account.
To access a list of all views, click Views from the main menu.
When you first open a view, the View Details pane will be visible on the right side of the StackState UI. This shows the following information:
A view is also a tool to define a clear selection of components for which you want to receive a event notifications. Typically, these are services that provide business value to a team's (internal) customers. StackState can define a single health state for any given set of components stored as a view. The calculation for a view's health state might be a simple count, but it could also be something more complex, for example:
- If service A and service B are working fine, then the view health state should be
- If service A has a problem, the view health state should be
- If service B is is not in a
CLEARstate, set the view health state to
The view health state is reported as a colored dot next to the view name. The health states and colors used are the same as those used to report component and relation health state - if a view is healthy the circle will be green, if there are problems it will be orange or red. When the view health state is not enabled, the circle will be gray. A view can have any of the health states listed below:
- 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.
- Gray -
UNKNOWN- The view does not have a view health state.
You can check the view health state in the following places in the StackState UI:
- Health state of all views: The view overview screen lists all views together with their health state.
- Health state of starred views: The main menu lists all starred views together with their health state.
- Health state of the current view: The health state of the current view is visible in the top bar and also next to the view name in the View Details pane on the right of the screen. Historical health state information for the current view can be seen in the timeline Health line at the bottom of the screen.
View health state in main menu
The health state of the current view over time is indicated by the colour of the Health line in the timeline at the bottom of the screen. When the playhead on the timeline is moved to time travel to a moment in the past, the health state shown for the current view will change to match the state that it was at the selected point in time. The health state reported in the StackState main menu, however, will always report the current health state of all views.
To create a new view, navigate to Explore Mode via the hamburger menu or use another view as a starting point. Whenever you change any of the View filters, a Save View button will appear at the top of the screen. Click this button to save your current selection to a view. To create a new view from the current view use the dropdown menu next to the button and select Save View As.
In the dialog the following options appear:
ViewStateChangedEventevent is triggered whenever a view changes its health state. This event can be used in event handlers to, for example, to send an e-mail or Slack message or to trigger automation. Please refer to event notifications to understand how to set that up.
It is not recommended to delete or edit views created by StackPacks. When doing so, you will get a warning that the view is locked. If you proceed anyway the issue needs to be resolved when upgrading the StackPack that created the view.
To delete or edit a view:
- 1.Go to the list of views by clicking Views in the .
- 2.In the View Details pane on the right side of the screen, select the context menu next (accessed through the triple dots) to the right of the view name.
- 3.Select the Delete or Edit menu item.
- access to a specific subset of the topology (a so-called scope) and allow them to create their own views
- access to specific views and disallow them to create, modify or delete views