Dashboards are a way for you to capture, group, and automate tables and charts into useful and informative views. We will quickly cover the wizards provided in Splunk 4.3 and then dig into the underlying XML. With that XML, you can easily build interactive forms, further customize panels, and use the same query for multiple panels, among other things. We will also cover how and when to schedule the generation of dashboards to reduce both the wait time for users and the load on the server.
Any search, table, or chart you create can be saved and made to appear in the menus for other users to see. With that power, why would you bother creating a dashboard? Here are a few reasons: