Squared Up Dashboard Community Initiative

It has been over 3 months since I started working for Squared Up. If you ask me my impression about Squared Up, I believe they truly care about the System Center community. Over the last few months, the folks at Squared Up have been working on an initiative to create a community dashboard repository, where everyone can submit and share their Squared Up dashboards with the broader community. With the recent release of Squared Up version 2.1.11, exporting and importing dashboards have been made incredibly easy. I have made a short demo video and uploaded to YouTube: Or watch it

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Squared Up Online Demo Lab Updated

Squared Up has recently updated their online demo lab, with some new dashboards and features to show case: http://squaredup.com/revamped-online-demo-lab/ In addition, they have made this demo lab open access to everyone, meaning you don’t need to register and provide any details in order to access it if you don’t want to. As they explained to me: We are well aware that the daily lives of IT engineers are blighted by the sales teams of highly aggressive vendors who leap on any casual interest and deluge them with calls and emails. That’s why we put all our pricing online, so there’s

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Geo-Location Squared Up Bing Map Dashboard

Before I started working for Squared Up, the very first project we talked about was producing Bing Maps dashboard in Squared Up. I started working on this project after I finished the OpsMgr Data Warehouse Health Check script. And I’m please to announce we have just published the Bing Maps Dashboard solution on Squared Up’s website: http://squaredup.com/geo-location-of-scom-objects-within-squared-up-map-dashboards/ These are some of the sample dashboards I produced in my lab: Example #1: World Map (Multi-Objects): Example #2: Australia Map (Multi-Objects): Example #3: Melbourne Aerial Map (Multi-Objects): Example #4: Single Object Street Map (of my local pub): Do you want to know

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World and Country Maps for Squared Up Visio Dashboard

In the recently released Inside System Center Podcast Episode 2: Dashboarding, I have demonstrated few Visio map dashboards in Squared Up. i.e. World Map: USA Map: Australia Map: These maps can be easily found via your favourite search engine (i.e. search “SVG maps”). I managed to find a good site where you can download the maps for most of the countries in SVG format: http://www.amcharts.com/svg-maps/ Once the .svg maps are downloaded, you can open it in Visio 2013, and start mapping the data to each shape like you normally wound with Squared Up Visio Plugin: Tip: Sometimes, the shape that

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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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUc2RSaoHtI If you already have a Visio diagram for your application (that’s been monitored by

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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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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

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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

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