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System Center Operations Manager 1801 Release – Web Console – Part 2 / 5: New Dashboards

The new Dashboards

The SCOM 1801  Web Console introduces the all new, fully customizable, dashboards. These dashboards are built and fine-tuned keeping in mind the huge volume of IT monitoring data. This ensures that you get next to real-time monitoring information without compromising on performance.
The dashboards, being built in HTML5, support a wide range of modern browsers including Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.

Below is a screenshot of a sample dashboard:

As portrayed in the above screenshot, a dashboard is comprised of multiple widgets. These widgets can be completely configured for data, display and positioning within the dashboard in a manner that best suits your needs.
Currently the dashboard supports the following widgets:

  • Alert Widget
  • State Widget
  • Performance Widget
  • Topology Widget
  • Tile Widget
  • Custom Widget

Dashboard Actions

The dashboard supports the following actions:

Creating a dashboard

You can create a new dashboard by selecting the “+ New Dashboard” option in the navigation tree as shown below:

This would popup a right pane as follows:

Wish to add this dashboard in a new MP? Don’t worry, you needn’t go back to the SCOM console. Just hit the “+” next to the MP list and you’d get a section allowing you to create a new MP and add this dashboard to it.

Deleting a dashboard

To delete a dashboard simply hit the “Delete Dashboard” button on top and when prompted hit “Yes”

Editing a dashboard

The edit operation allows the user to edit the name of the dashboard as well as the layout of the widgets added to it.
Once you hit the edit action, the dashboard name becomes an editable field.

Also, all the widgets can now be dragged and resized. This is really useful when you want to club together the widgets targeted to similar objects/groups.

Once you are done, hit “Save Changes” and your layout is saved!

Adding a Widget

When you create a new dashboard it is empty and has no widgets. You can click on the “+ Add Widget” action on top of the dashboard that would lead to the right pane popping up as shown below:

There are lots of widgets that are shipped in box. All of them are discussed in detail in the next part.

Viewing in Full Screen

Wish to only view the dashboard in a big screen like a projector? That’s now possible!
Hit the “View in Full Screen” link on top of the dashboard and you’d get a full screen view of the dashboard.

Exporting Dashboards

Dashboard once created can easily be exported. To export a dashboard, the user simply needs to export the management pack in which the dashboard is stored. If you drilldown into the exported management pack, you’d observe that the dashboard is defined as a view. So for ex. If a dashboard is created as shown below:

Then the generated MP would look like this (note below just a snippet from the MP is taken to avoid clutter):

Note the TypeID of the view. This is a new TypeID introduced for HTML dashboards. Rest of the structure of the MP is pretty similar to any other view.

All information on this blog series has been written by AdityaGoda on Microsoft TechNet. OKCIUS do not own any of the content displayed in this blog series.

System Center Operations Manager 1801 Release – Web Console – Part 1 / 5: Summary

 

This series of blogs intends to introduce the new SCOM Web Console released in System Center Operations Manager 1801. For details on implementation and other parameters please refer to the detailed documentation. This blog is designed to be a bit more informal and describes the different features by associating them to use cases.
The series is divided into different parts and it is recommended to read them in order for better understanding.

After going through this series of blogs a user would:

  • Get a fair idea about the new SCOM Web Console and the different features added to it
  • Understand the new dashboard capability
  • Understand the different widgets and their customizations
  • Learn about the different dashboard and widget actions
  • Learn about the drilldown feature and how it can be used to investigate issues
  • Get a walkthrough on how to create a custom web application on SCOM REST APIs

This series consists of the following other blogs:

What’s new?

The SCOM 1801 release marks the inception of a faster, modern, flexible and more reliable HTML based Web Console. The Web Console has been given a complete reboot to ensure that it fulfills modern day monitoring needs (and yes, it is now completely free from Silverlight!).
This is another step towards our continuous commitment to the SCOM community and we would like to give a big thanks to all our customers who voted this as the top most requested feature in SCOM User Voice. We are really excited about this new Web Console and we strongly believe that you’d just fall in love with it!

Still using Silverlight? Don’t worry, they’ve got that covered too! The Silverlight dashboards are available in a new URL:
http://<Your_Web_Server_Name>/Dashboard

Authentication

The new SCOM Web Console brings back the network authentication! This is what you’d see when you visit the Web Console for the first time:

Choose your preferred login option and you are in, welcome to the new SCOM Web Console!

All information on this blog series has been written by AdityaGoda on Microsoft TechNet. OKCIUS do not own any of the content displayed in this blog series.