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Getting Started with Admin Options

There are many administrative settings that will help you administer your Looker instance. In these pages you can learn how to get started with administration, customize Looker for your organization, and monitor Looker usage and health.

Where to Start?

The menu items you see depend on the permissions that have been assigned to you. Business users often have the Browse, Explore, and Help menus. Technical users might also have the Develop and Admin menus.

The Basics

To get started with administration, follow these steps:

  1. Select Admin.
  2. In the Admin menu, scroll to the desired section. Or, if you are already viewing a page in the Admin section of Looker, scroll to the desired section in the left sidebar. Sections are shown in bold and are not clickable.
  3. Click a page name to view it. Pages are shown in regular, non-bold font.

Suggested Learning Path

  1. If you are an administrator setting up a Looker instance, the Getting Started Setting Up Looker page will show you the steps for both Looker-hosted and customer-hosted setups.
  2. The pages in the Set Up and Administer Looker section of the documentation menu will help Looker admins learn all of the settings, options, and information panels available to administrators. Some organizations have Looker host their Looker platform. Other organizations that maintain their own on-premises or cloud-based data centers may choose to host their own Looker deployment.
  3. To increase your skill level, consider coming up to speed on the following topics:
    • To fully use the information panels in the Admin section, you should be comfortable with exploring data.
    • Ideally an administrator is also comfortable with browsing data, especially with scheduling.
    • Administrators may find it useful to understand at least some development tasks, which helps with understanding queries and persistent derived table creation.
    • Finally, you may find it useful to learn the SQL Runner to run SQL from Looker using its database connections.
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