Consolidate Multiple Squared Up Instances into Single Dashboard

Recently, I have been involved in many conversations in regards to managing multiple SCOM management groups with other SCCDM MVP colleagues. I am planning to write more on this topic in the future. 2 weeks ago, after I posted using Squared Up as an universal dashboard and demonstrated how to list active alerts from another management group using their SQL plugin, my friends at Squared Up hinted me that I can also use the Iframe plugin for this purpose. Therefore, today, I’d like to demonstrate how can we present information from multiple management group (multiple Squared Up instances) into a

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Using Squared Up As an Universal Dashboard Solution

Background I’ve been playing with Squared Up a lot lately – to get myself familiar with the new 2.0 version, thus my recent few posts were all related to it. few days ago, I was involved in a conversation around from SCOM users / consumers point view, how to bring data from multiple management groups into a single pane of glass. As the result of this conversation, I’ve spent some time and tried the Squared Up SQL Plugin. After couple of hours, I managed to produce 2 dashboards using this plugin, both using data sources that are foreign to the

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Accessing OpsMgr Performance Data in Squared Up Dashboard

13/03/2015 Update: Correction after feedback from Squared Up, Squared Up does not read perf data from Operational DB. Thus this post is updated with the correct information. Yesterday, my friend and fellow SCCDM MVP Cameron Fuller has posted a good article explaining the differences between performance view and performance widget in OpsMgr. If you haven’t read it, please read it first from here: World War Widget: The performance view vs the performance widget and come back to this article. As Cameron explained, performance views read data from the operational DB and you can access the most recent short term data.

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Various Ways to Find the ID of a Monitoring Object in OpsMgr

Often when working in OpsMgr, we need to find the ID of a monitoring object. For example, in the recent Squared Up Dashboard  version 2.0 Customer Preview webinar (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=233oTAefrRM), it was mentioned in the webinar that the monitoring object IDs must  be located when preparing the Visio diagram for the upcoming Visio plugin. In this post, I’ll demonstrate 3 methods to retrieve the monitoring object ID from SCOM. These 3 methods are: Using OpsMgr built-in PowerShell Module “OperationsManager” Using OpsMgr SDK via Windows PowerShell Using SCSM Entity Explorer In the demonstrations, I will show how to retrieve the monitoring object

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PowerShell Script to Extract CMDB Data From System Center Service Manager Using SDK

Background In my previous post Writing PowerShell Module That Interact With Various SDK Assemblies, I’ve explained how to create a PowerShell module that embeds various SDK DLLs and I’ve used System Center Service Manager SDK as an example. Well, the reason that I created the module for Service Manager SDK is because I needed to write a script to extract CMDB data from Service Manager. In this post, I’ll go through what’ I’ve done and the script can also be downloaded at the end of the article. So, I needed to write a script to export configuration items from Service

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