Azure Tips and Tricks Part 116 - Easily Upload and download Azure dashboards

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Easily Upload and download Azure dashboards

Azure has recently added the ability for you to download or upload an existing Azure dashboard with just a couple of clicks. Previously, you had to use a separate tool like Azure Resource Explorer to get this data. Now, you’ll see a new Download and Upload option on your Azure Dashboard as shown below:

Once you download the file it will be in a JSON format. Below is a short snippet that list my Linux VM that is on my portal page.

"1": {
"position": {
	"x": 4,
	"y": 0,
	"colSpan": 4,
	"rowSpan": 6
"metadata": {
	"inputs": [
		"name": "queryInputs",
		"value": {
		"metrics": [
			"resourceId": "/subscriptions/d1ecc7ac-c1d8-40dc-97d6-2507597e7404/resourcegroups/crumplinux-rg/providers/microsoft.compute/virtualmachines/crumplinux",
			"name": "Disk Read Bytes"

Note the colSpan and rowSpan values here.

You could edit this to change the colSpan and rowSpan to be a smaller tile by changing them to :

 "colSpan": 2,
 "rowSpan": 2

Now save the file and upload it and you have your new tile:

Keep in mind that you can also do more sophisticated things such as use this to programmatically create dashboards by using Azure Resource Manager APIs.

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