Dashboard groups are part of the content packs. There are some best practices that apply when creating dashboard groups.

When creating dashboard groups, the following best practices apply

Content packs usually contain a minimum of three dashboard groups. The best practice is to start with an overview dashboard group to provide high-level information about the events for a particular product or application. In addition to the overview dashboard group, dashboard groups should be created based on logical groupings of events. The logical groupings are product-specific or application-specific, but some common approaches are performance, faults, and auditing. It is also common to create dashboard groups for a component, like disk and controller. With the component approach, it is important to note that it is only effective if queries can be constructed to return results from specific components. If this is not possible, then the logical approach is recommended.

When you name dashboard groups, make the title generic and avoid adding product-specific or application- specific names unless being used in a component specific fashion. For example, in the VMware - vSphere content pack, there is a dashboard groups called ESX/ESXi instead of VMware ESX/ESXi.

A dashboard group must contain a minimum of three dashboard widgets and a maximum of six dashboard widgets. With any less than three dashboard widgets the amount of knowledge that can be attained by the dashboard group is minimal. In addition, having a lot of dashboard groups with only a limited amount of dashboard widgets requires a user to switch between different pages and does not provide information in a coherent way.

Conversely, any more than six dashboard widgets for a dashboard group can have negative impact. You might get too much information that might be confusing. Too many widgets require intense usage of your system resources, as each widget is a query that must be run against the system.

When you include more than six dashboard widgets in a dashboard group, you must separate the information and create multiple dashboard groups. If a dashboard widget is applicable to one or more dashboard groups, create the widget in each applicable dashboard group.