The user interface
Last updated: May 12. 2016
Check_MK's web-based, graphic user interface (GUI) has two functions:
A feature of Check_MK's interface is that it can simultaneously display and configure multiple monitoring instances, and then act like a large system. The following screenshot shows a Check_MK start screen directly after logging in:
Here you can see the following elements:
The dashboard on the right side can be customised. You can find our more in the article on dashboards.
2. The sidebar
The section on the left side - the sidebar - offers quick access to all of the functions in Check_MK. Some elements - e.g. the Tactical Overview - also show current status information so that you can continously monitor it. If the sidebar doesn't fit completely in your screen's area you can scale it with the mousewheel or by clicking on and dragging the dark area of an element up or down.
In addition, as a user you can easily customise the sidebar's content. Elements can be...
With the button you can access a selection of elements that are not currently in your sidebar, but which can be added with a simple click:
Bookmarks are an easy option in Check_MK for faster access to regularly used pages. In the sidebar element Bookmarks, every page you can see on the right side can be saved as a bookmark. If you are on the desired paged or a filtered view that you would like to save, then click on Add Bookmark. The new bookmark will be stored in the My Bookmarks field. This field can be opened by clicking on the small arrow symbol.
3.1. Editing bookmarks
Check_MK manages bookmarks in lists. In addition, every bookmark has a Topic. In the display all bookmarks with the same topic are under one rubric where each can be expanded and collapsed. Why so complicated? So that you can make a list of bookmarks visible to other users. In this way, for your company you can build a navigations structure to specific views and even to external pages. Every user can nonetheless still manage their own bookmarks.
The EDIT button accesses the bookmarks manager:
You can either edit existing lists with or with New create a completely new list. The Title for a list is not important - it is only used for management. Where the bookmarks are sorted is decided by the Default topic in the list or respectively by an individual bookmark's Topic - if this has been set. By the way, you can give bookmarks their own icons.
Via Make available for all users you can make the bookmark visible to all users. This requires an authority however, which by default is held only by the Administrator role. This principle of visibility is used by Check_MK in many locations, and is explained in more detail in the views article.