Book of Prism


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Prism is fairly straight forward and simple to use, however we’ll cover some of the main pages and basic usage.

Prism Central (if deployed) can be accessed using the IP address specified during configuration or corresponding DNS entry.  Prism Element can be accessed via Prism Central (by clicking on a specific cluster) or by navigating to any Nutanix CVM or cluster IP (preferred).

Once the page has been loaded you will be greeted with the Login page where you will use your Prism or Active Directory credentials to login.

Prism Login Page

Upon successful login you will be sent to the dashboard page which will provide overview information for managed cluster(s) in Prism Central or the local cluster in Prism Element.

Prism Central and Prism Element will be covered in more detail in the following sections.

Prism Central

The figure shows a sample Prism Central dashboard where multiple clusters can be monitored / managed:

Prism Central - Dashboard Prism Central - Dashboard

From here you can monitor the overall status of your environment, and dive deeper if there are any alerts or items of interest.

Prism Central contains the following main pages (NOTE: Search is the preferred / recommended method to navigation):

To access the menu click on the hamburger icon::

Prism Central - Hamburger Menu Prism Central - Hamburger

The menu expands to display the available options:

Prism Central - Menu Bar Prism Central - Menu Bar

Search is now the primary mechanism for Navigating the Prism Central UI (menus are still available).

To use the search bar to navigate you can use the search bar in the top left corner next to the menu icon.

Prism Central - Search Prism Central - Search

Search Semantics

PC Search allows for a great deal to semantics to be leveraged, some examples include:

Rule Example
Entity type vms
Entity type + metric perspective (io, cpu, memory) vms io
Entity type + alerts vm alerts
Entity type + alerts + alert filters vm alerts severity=critical
Entity type + events vm events
Entity type + events + event filters vm events classification=anomaly
Entity type + filters (both metric and attribute) vm “power state”=on
Entity type + filters + metric perspective (io, cpu, memory) vm “power state”=on io
Entity type + filters + alerts vm “power state”=on alerts
Entity type + filters + alerts + (alert filters) vm “power state”=on alerts severity=critical
Entity type + filters + events vm “power state”=on events
Entity type + filters + events + event filters vm “power state”=on events classification=anomaly
Entity instance (name, ip address, disk serial etc) vm1,, BHTXSPWRM
Entity instance + Metric perspective (io, cpu, memory) vm1 io
Entity instance + alerts vm1 alerts
Entity instance + alerts + alert filters vm1 alerts severity=critical
Entity instance + events vm1 events
Entity instance + events + event filters vm1 events classification=anomaly
Entity instance + pages vm1 nics, c1 capacity
Parent instance + entity type c1 vms
Alert title search Disk bad alerts
Page name search Analysis, tasks

The prior is just a small subset of the semantics, the best way to get familiar with them is to give it a shot!

Prism Element

Prism Element contains the following main pages:

The home page will provide detailed information on alerts, service status, capacity, performance, tasks, and much more.  To get further information on any of them you can click on the item of interest.

The figure shows a sample Prism Element dashboard where local cluster details are displayed:

Prism Element - Dashboard Prism Element - Dashboard

Keyboard Shortcuts

Accessibility and ease of use is a critical construct in Prism.  To simplify things for the end-user a set of shortcuts have been added to allow users to do everything from their keyboard.

The following characterizes some of the key shortcuts:

Change view (page context aware):

  • O - Overview View
  • D - Diagram View
  • T - Table View

Activities and Events:

  • A - Alerts
  • P - Tasks

Drop down and Menus (Navigate selection using arrow keys):

  • M - Menu drop-down
  • S - Settings (gear icon)
  • F - Search bar
  • U - User drop down
  • H - Help