Executing an investigation

Executing an investigation

The basic unit to query the Nexthink database is the investigation. To execute an investigation in the Finder:

  1. Find the investigation that you want to execute by either:
    • Browsing the Investigations section on the left-hand side panel of the main window.
    • Searching a term in the Search box and looking under the Investigations or the Suggested investigations sections in the results of the search.
  2. Double-click the name of the investigation.
  3. The results of the investigation are displayed as a table on a new tab in the Finder.

Running a metric as an investigation

Besides investigations, metrics also express queries in their definitions. For testing the definition of a metric, it is useful to execute it as an investigation and check out the results. To run the query defined in a metric as an anonymous investigation:

  1. Find the metric that you want to execute as an investigation by either:
    • Browsing the Metrics section on the left-hand side panel (the accordion) of the main window.
    • Searching a term in the Search box and looking under the Metrics section in the right-hand side of the search results.
  2. Right-click the name of the metric.
  3. Select Run as investigation from the context menu.

The generated anonymous investigation shares the conditions specified for the metric, ignoring the settings for the computation of a ratio and the thresholds, when defined. The time frame of the investigation generated for a metric is the current day.

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