How to Create a Squared Up Visio Dashboard for an Existing Distributed Application

Background OK, it has been over a month since my last blog post. Not that I’ve been lazy, I’ve actually been crazily busy. As you may know, I’ve started working for Squared Up after Ignite. So, this is another blog about Squared Up – this time, I’ll touch base on the Visio dashboard. If you haven’t heard or played with Squared Up’s Visio Dashboard plug-in, you can find a good demo by Squared Up’s founder, Richard Benwell in one of Microsoft Ingite’s SCOM Sessions here: If you already have a Visio diagram for your application (that’s been monitored by

OpsMgr Dashboard Fun: Server Details Using SquaredUp

After my previous post on how to create a performance view using SquaredUp, the founder of SquaredUp, Richard Benwell told me that I can also use “&embed=true” parameter in the URL to get rid of the headers. I also managed to create another widget to display server details. Combined with the performance view, I create a dashboard like this: The bottom left is the improved version of the performance view (using embed parameter), and the right pane is the server details page: This server detail view contains the following information: Alerts associated to the computer Health states of the Distributed

OpsMgr Dashboard Fun: Performance Widget Using SquaredUp

I’m a big fan of SquaredUp Dashboard. I have implemented it for my current “day-time” employer Coles over a year ago on their OpsMgr 2007 environments and we have also included SquaredUp in the newly built 2012 R2 management groups. In my opinion, it is more flexible than the native web console as it uses HTML 5 rather than Silverlight and it runs on any browsers as well as mobile devices. One of my favourite features is that SquaredUp has the capability to directly read data from the OpsMgr Data Warehouse DB. Traditionally, OpsMgr operators would have to run or

OpsMgr 2012: A Trick to Drive Another Contextual Widget From PowerShell Grid Widget

PowerShell Grid widget and PowerShell Web Browser Widget were released as part of OpsMgr 2012 SP1 UR6 and R2 UR2. To me, these two widgets have opened a window of opportunities, because by using PowerShell, it allows OpsMgr 2012 users to customise and present the data exactly the way they wanted on dashboards. Since it has been released, many people have share their work. Recently, Microsoft has started a new repository for the PowerShell widgets in TechNet Gallery. The best article for the PowerShell Grid Widget that I have seen so far is from Oleg Kapustin’s blog: SCOM Powershell Grid

New OpsMgr 2012 Dashboards Repository in TechNet Gallery

With the recent release of OpsMgr 2012 SP1 UR6 and R2 UR2, number of new dashboard widgets have been made available. The PowerShell Grid Widget and PowerShell Web Browser Widget are 2 of my favourite ones. Microsoft has just created a new repository for the community to share their scripts and dashboards. This repository is located in the TechNet Gallery Script Center. You can access it from this direct link: or go to the script center and browse to: System Center > Operations Manager Dashboards: Looks like the product team has already posted 4 samples in the first day.

Location, Location, Location. Part 3

This is the 3rd and the final part of the 3-part series. In this post, I will demonstrate how do I track the physical location history for Windows 8 location aware computers (tablets and laptops), as well as how to visually present the data collected on a OpsMgr 2012 dashboard. I often see people post of Facebook or Twitter that he or she has checked in at <some places> on Foursquare. I haven’t used Foursquare before (and don’t intend to in the future), I’m not sure what is the purpose of it, but please think this as Four Square in

Location, Location, Location. Part 2

This is the 2nd part of the 3-part series. In this post, I will demonstrate how do I monitor the physical location of my location aware devices (Windows 8 tablets and laptops). To do so, I created a monitor which generates alerts when a device has gone beyond allowed distance from its home location. I will now go through each the component in the management pack that I created to achieve this goal. Custom Class: Location Aware Windows Client Computer I created a custom class based on “Windows Client 8 Computer” class. I needed to create this class instead of

Location, Location, Location. Part 1

Yes, I am starting to write a 3 part series on this topic: Location, Location, Location. It is not about real estate business – It would be silly for me to wait until I’ve received MVP award to become a real estate salesman, right? This series is all about tracking physical location for Windows based mobile devices (tablets and laptops). It involves windows tablets/ laptops, OpsMgr 2012, dashboards, Google Maps and Windows Location Platform. Does this interest you? if so, please continue reading. Background When I started designing the OpsMgr 2012 infrastructure for my employer about a 18 months ago,

Controlling OpsMgr 2012 PowerShell Contextual Script Widgets Behaviour

Few days ago I posted an OpsMgr 2012 dashboard using Google Maps. After it’s been posted, I noticed there is a minor issue with the dashboard. When I click on a monitoring object from the top left “Remote Computers” state widget, the “Map” widget on the right refreshes and loaded the map based on the location property values of the remote computer class: But when I click on an object in the bottom left “Component” widget (which is a list of related objects of remote computer class), the map refreshes again. Only this time, because the locations cannot be found

OpsMgr Dashboard Fun: Google Maps

I am really excited about the 2 new PowerShell dashboard widget released in OpsMgr 2012 R2 UR2. PowerShell has always been my favourite scripting language, something I have been using on a daily basis since 2008. In my opinion, the opportunities are endless when having the ability to execute PowerShell scripts within an OpsMgr dashboard. I will start posting my ideas in this blog. Background For those who don’t know me, I work for an Australian retailer which has 3 brands (supermarkets, service stations and liquor stores) with totally over 2000 stores across the country. Pretty much every Windows device

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