Creating a basic dashboard

We are going to get hands-on with Grafana by guiding you through the creation process of a bare-bones dashboard. You can start by clicking the left plus sign logo | Dashboard. This will open a new empty dashboard with a new panel, ready to be edited. Since we want a dynamic dashboard, we're going to create a new variable, which will expand into a list of the available Node Exporter instances in our Prometheus server.

Using the Shift + ? key combination will display a helpful tooltip of all the available shortcuts.

To achieve our goal, we must click the top-right cog icon, open the Dashboard settings, then select Variables. The following screenshot illustrates the options that are available when creating such a variable: ...

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