Take a tour of the Azure IoT Central UI
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This article introduces you to the Microsoft Azure IoT Central UI. You can use the UI to create, manage, and use an Azure IoT Central solution and its connected devices.
As a builder, you use the Azure IoT Central UI to define your Azure IoT Central solution. You can use the UI to:
- Define the types of device that connect to your solution.
- Configure the rules and actions for your devices.
- Customize the UI for an operator who uses your solution.
As an operator, you use the Azure IoT Central UI to manage your Azure IoT Central solution. You can use the UI to:
- Monitor your devices.
- Configure your devices.
- Troubleshoot and remediate issues with your devices.
- Provision new devices.
Use the left pane
Use the left pane to access the different areas of the application. You can expand or collapse the navigation bar by selecting < or >:
Dashboard displays your application dashboard. As a builder, you can customize the dashboard for your operators. Users can also create their own dashboards.
Device Explorer lists the simulated and real devices associated with each device template in the application. As an operator, you use the Device Explorer to manage your connected devices.
Device Sets enables you to view and create device sets. As an operator, you can create device sets as a logical collection of devices specified by a query.
Analytics shows analytics derived from device telemetry for devices and device sets. As an operator, you can create custom views on top of device data to derive insights from your application.
Jobs enables bulk device management by having you create and run jobs to perform updates at scale.
Device Templates shows the tools a builder uses to create and manage device templates.
Continuous Data Export enables an administrator to configure a continuous export to other Azure services such as storage and queues.
Administration shows the application administration pages where an administrator can manage application settings, users, and roles.
Search, help, and support
The top menu appears on every page:
- To search for device templates and devices, enter a Search value.
- To change the UI language or theme, choose the Settings icon.
- To sign out of the application, choose the Account icon.
- To get help and support, choose the Help drop-down for a list of resources. In a trial application, the support resources include access to live chat.
You can choose between a light theme or a dark theme for the UI:
The option to choose between light and dark themes isn't available if your administrator has configured a custom theme for the application.
The dashboard is the first page you see when you sign in to your Azure IoT Central application. As a builder, you can customize the application dashboard for other users by adding tiles. To learn more, see the Customize the Azure IoT Central operator's view tutorial.
As an operator, you can create personalized dashboards and switch between them and the default dashboard. To learn more, see the Create Azure IoT Central personal dashboards how-to article.
The explorer page shows the devices in your Azure IoT Central application grouped by device template.
- A device template defines a type of device that can connect to your application. To learn more, see the Define a new device type in your Azure IoT Central application.
- A device represents either a real or simulated device in your application. To learn more, see the Add a new device to your Azure IoT Central application.
The device sets page shows device sets created by the builder. A device set is a collection of related devices. A builder defines a query to identify the devices that are included in a device set. You use device sets when you customize the analytics in your application. To learn more, see the Use device sets in your Azure IoT Central application article.
The analytics page shows charts that help you understand how the devices connected to your application are behaving. An operator uses this page to monitor and investigate issues with connected devices. The builder can define the charts shown on this page. To learn more, see the Create custom analytics for your Azure IoT Central application article.
The jobs page allows you to run bulk device management operations on your devices. The builder uses this page to update device properties, settings, and commands. To learn more, see the Run a job article.
The device templates page is where a builder creates and manages the device templates in the application. A device template specifies device characteristics such as:
- Telemetry, state, and event measurements.
- Settings and properties.
- Rules based on events or telemetry values.
To learn more, see the Define a new device type in your Azure IoT Central application tutorial.
Continuous data export
The continuous data export page is where an administrator defines how to stream data, such as telemetry, from the application. Other services can store the exported data or use it for analysis. To learn more, see the Export your data in Azure IoT Central article.
The administration page contains links to the tools an administrator uses such as defining users and roles in the application, and customizing the UI. To learn more, see the Administer your Azure IoT Central application article.
Now that you have an overview of Azure IoT Central and are familiar with the layout of the UI, the suggested next step is to complete the Create an Azure IoT Central application quickstart.