Step 5: Using the Ipswitch Dashboard Screen Manager application

After you have the Central and Remote Sites working, have customized your workspace reports and started viewing the Remote Site full reports, you can take advantage of the Ipswitch Dashboard Screen Manager capabilities. The Dashboard is installed on the Central Site by default. However, if you prefer to install the Dashboard on a system other than the Central site, you can locate the .exe installation file at ..\Program Files\Ipswitch\WhatsUp\Dashboard.exe.

The Dashboard Screen Manager is a stand-alone application designed to display a series of Web pages, or a "playlist," on one or multiple monitors. The Dashboard was created as a complement to the Ipswitch network monitoring application, WhatsUp Gold, and as an aid to keeping your network visible. The Dashboard application is included in the WhatsUp Gold Central and Remote Site installations.

The Dashboard can run on a display console and cycle through various pages from the WhatsUp Gold web interface. Network administrators then have important and pertinent network information on display at all times, cycling and changing on its own without the need of constant configuration. It also provides the capability to view multiple networks that you are monitoring simultaneously.

Though the Dashboard Screen Manager was created to work along-side WhatsUp Gold, it can display virtually any Web page. For example, an Internet business providing service to a small town in the desert glances at one screen on the Dashboard and sees that the connectivity to the town is down. By displaying the weather for this town on another screen at the same time, the network administrator is able to see that the extreme temperatures of the day have likely caused problems for the cable transmitters.

Note: If you want to display a password protected page for another Web application, you must supply a valid username and password for the page. For more information, see the Dashboard application Help.

For more information about installing and using the Dashboard Screen Manager, see Using the Ipswitch Dashboard Screen Manager, a document located on the Ipswitch Network Monitoring Web site.

To further enhance your network activity visibility, you may also want to set up a multi-monitor network display, for more information see Setting up a WhatsUp Multi-Monitor Network Display, a document located on the Ipswitch Network Monitoring Web site.