How To Manage Multiple Dashboard Screens

Create a dashboard wall with one machine and many screens

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Multi Screen Office TV Dashboards

It started with one dashboard screen, then two... now you want to display 12 screens rotating through 35 dashboards.

Now it's getting tricky.

You've been using tab switchers and scripts until now but that approach is starting to get un-managable and you're spending far too much time keeping them running and updating the rotations with yet another dashboard someone has created.

The dashboard machine just rebooted because of automatic patching, although the keyboard & mouse has gone missing again and the browser didn't restart so we just see desktop wallpaper.

Yup, we've been there...

Here's a scenario

James has 4 wall mounted TV screens.
  • On screen one, he wants to cycle through 3 sales Microsoft Power BI dashboards at an interval of 30 seconds each.
  • On screen two, he wants 5 Solarwinds IT Operations dashboards cycling at a minute each
  • On screen three, two finance reports at 20 seconds each
  • On screen four, a rotation with all the latest industry news at different intervals
This machine is automatically patched every wednesday and these rotations need to restart after reboot.

So, how do make this happen in a way that doesn't make you want to pull your hair out every Monday morning?

We can accomplish this using VuePilot which supports multiscreen configuration so you can connect as many screens as you wish to the one machine and remotely manage them all from the comfort of your desk. Let's run through it

Step 1 - Install VuePilot

If you havn't already, install and activate VuePilot on your machine. You can follow the steps found at: How To Remotely Manage Office Dashboard Screens to help get you started

Step 2 - Setup Your Display Configuration

Open up either the VuePilot dashboard display management panel or the display management panel directly on the VuePilot software on your dashboard machine.

We can manage the connected displays from either. You should see screen icons representing your connected displays.

If you havn't already created a rotation (which is a listing of web pages essentially), go and create a rotation containing your dashboard URLs first from the rotations panel (see step 2 here)

Select a rotation for each display from the drop down menus.

You can provide a description for the display if this helps you remember which one is which. Click "SAVE DISPLAY CONFIG" when done, this will save the changes to the database and push out the updated config to your connected machine.

Manage dashboard screen URL rotation Display management from the online dashboard

Or from the VuePilot software on your dashboard machine

Multiscreen URL dashboard control. Loop through web pages on multiple screens Display management from the VuePilot software

Step 3 - Start, Stop, Pause & Hijack Screens

Show web pages on any screen immediately with hijack

So now we're connected and ready to go. We can of course always control the dashboard rotation from the software running on the machine, but what can we do remotely?

Start the rotation on the machine by simply clicking the start button.
Want to pause the rotation so you can discuss a particular dashboard with your team? Simply click pause, resume the rotation cycle again by clicking start.

How about displaying some content that isn’t part of any rotation? Maybe a news article or a stock chart that you want to highlight to your team?

Take over a screen using the “Hijack” functionality, simply enter the URL you wish display and click hijack. This will display this URL in full screen over the top of your normal rotation to bring immediate attention to this content.