This is a drop in module that provides a clean and simple template for admin dashboards. It is a self contained module, so you can drop it in and you're good to go. It consists of a styled layout (Yii Bootstrap) and a base controller that handles all access control.
I've stripped everything out so it's a good starting point to get an admin module up and running.
Original design idea came from the 1st example in http://speckyboy.com/2013/05/16/user-experience-trends-for-admin-dashboards/
Please report any bugs to http://www.yiiframework.com/forum/index.php/topic/43493-yii-dashboard-bug-discussion/
Simply drop the extracted Admin module in protected/modules and edit your config file to recognize the module. Done
'modules' => array( 'admin' ),