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DEMO: Listing, Viewing & Filtering Dashboards

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This course shows you how to monitor your operations on GCP. It starts with monitoring dashboards. You'll learn what they are and how to create, list, view, and filter them. You'll also see how to create a custom dashboard right in the GCP console.

The course then moves on to monitoring and alerting, where you'll learn about SLI-based alerting policies and third-party integrations. You'll also learn about SLO monitoring and alerting, along with integrating GCP monitoring with products like Grafana. We’ll wrap things up by touching on SIEM tools that are used to analyze audit and flow logs.

This course contains a handful of demos that give you a practical look at how to apply these monitoring techniques on the GCP platform. If you have any feedback relating to this course, feel free to reach out to us at support@cloudacademy.com.

Learning Objectives

  • Create, list, view, and filter dashboards
  • Configure notifications, including through third-party channels
  • Learn about SLI- and SLO-based alerting and monitoring
  • Integrate GCP operations monitoring with Grafana
  • Analyze logs with SIEM tools

Intended Audience

This course is intended for anyone who wishes to learn how to manage GCP Operations monitoring.


To get the most out of this course, you should already have some experience with Google Cloud Platform.





Hello, and welcome back. In this demonstration, I'm going to show you how to list, view and filter monitoring dashboards in the Google Cloud Platform Cloud Console. On the screen here, you can see I'm logged into my Google Cloud Platform Console, and what I'm going to do here to take a look at what dashboards I have defined, I'm going to select the hamburger up here in the left hand corner, and then we'll drop down towards the bottom here under Operations and we'll see Monitoring. And what I'll do here is I'll select the Overview page here.

Now, what this does is take me out to my monitoring overview page, where I can take a look at everything I have going on within my monitoring environment. We can see right from this Overview page we can access our Resource dashboards here, or we can select Dashboards over in the left hand pane.

What I'll do here is select Dashboards. And then from the Dashboards Overview page, I can see all of the different dashboards that have been defined. We can see here we have a few custom dashboards, along with some of the default Google Cloud Platform dashboards.

Now, to view a dashboard from this Overview page is pretty straightforward. We simply select the dashboard from our list, and what this does is open up the dashboard that shows the information contained within it. Now this VM Instances dashboard shows information on any instances we have running. We can look at our full inventory, we can look at an overview, which includes CPU utilization, firewall dropped traffic, anything that we'd be interested in knowing about our instances.

We can take a look at CPU-specific information, memory, disk, and network information. Now, if we go back out to our dashboards page, what we can do is filter our list of dashboards as well. And by filtering here, by selecting the filter icon here, we can filter on a name or on the type of dashboard. So if I want to show just our custom dashboards here, I can select Custom and we can see we have two custom dashboards here.

If we kill off the filter here, and refilter by type and select Google Cloud, we then have all of our Google Cloud Platform dashboards. And of course, up along the top here we have any recent dashboards that we've worked with.

So if there's a dashboard that you work with on a pretty regular basis, it shows up at the top here because it's something you would have worked with recently and makes access just a little easier than filtering through and listing all these different dashboards. Because you can have, you know, hundreds of them here.

So that's pretty much it. To recap how to get to our monitoring page, here, from our dashboard, we simply select the hamburger, scroll down to Monitoring under Operations. We go to the Overview page and then from there we can select Dashboards. And from here, you can create your dashboards, you can list your dashboards, you can view the different dashboards and you can even filter them. Join me in the next lesson where I'll actually show you how to create a custom dashboard using this Cloud Console.

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Thomas Mitchell
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Tom is a 25+ year veteran of the IT industry, having worked in environments as large as 40k seats and as small as 50 seats. Throughout the course of a long an interesting career, he has built an in-depth skillset that spans numerous IT disciplines. Tom has designed and architected small, large, and global IT solutions.

In addition to the Cloud Platform and Infrastructure MCSE certification, Tom also carries several other Microsoft certifications. His ability to see things from a strategic perspective allows Tom to architect solutions that closely align with business needs.

In his spare time, Tom enjoys camping, fishing, and playing poker.