Tag Archives: Dashboards

Installing Squared Up v2 for SCOM

What I hear most of the time from my customers is that Operations Manager is a great product but it’s too complex to analyze the monitoring data for their IT administrators. A lot of third party partner companies of Microsoft have developed custom applications that can take care of this dilemma. Squared up is such an effort and I must say it’s really great add-on for SCOM.

Squared Up provides web based HTML5 dashboards by leveraging Operations Manager Databases. For organizations who prefer good old nagios or PRTG looking monitoring; where everything is visual Squared Up is ideal. But guess what behind all those nice visualizations in Squared Up you can really drill down to the end and investigate the issues in your environment just like in SCOM console.

Squared Up is what Operations Manager is badly missing: a modern, amazingly fast, multi-platform web console. It is a must-have for every Operations Manager deployment.” – Daniele Grandini, Microsoft MVP System Center Cloud and Data Center Management

Prerequisites for Squared Up web server

Operating System

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 or later
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2012 R2

.NET

  • .NET Framework 4.0 or later
  • IIS installed

Co-hosting

  • Can be installed on Operations Manager management server or root management server
  • Can be installed on the same web server as the Operations Manager web consoles (2007 R2 or 2012)

Installation Procedure

  1. Download the binaries from the Square Up website. You can request a fully functional 30 day trial from here.
  2. Launch the installer.SquaredUp Installation 1
  3. Accept the license agreement.SquaredUp Installation 2
  4. Review the installation options. If you need to change the default settings you can run the installer through command prompt. There are number of support articles in Square Up support portal that you can refer for if you ever need that.SquaredUp Installation 3SquaredUp Installation 4
  5. In the next screen you need to provide your Root Management Server’s FQDN and click Next to finish the setup. SquaredUp Installation 5 SquaredUp Installation 6
  6. Open a web browser and go to the Squared Up URL (See above). You will be prompted to enter your credentials that you use for SCOM. After doing so provide the license key you got from Squared Up team and viola you are done.SquaredUp Installation 7 SquaredUp Installation 8If you want a live demo to convince your boss to purchase Squared Up here is the free demo provided by Squared Up team.

System Center 2012 R2 Update Rollup 3 | New Features

Two weeks ago, Microsoft has released UR3 for System Center 2012 R2. This was a much awaited update as it fixed number of issues with related to system center products. Update Rollups are set of cumulative fixes targeted at specific product which fix the bugs and add new features/functionality to the products. Lets see what are the new features that came up with UR3.

Brand new Office 365 Management Pack

This is  a life saver. Previously admins had to log in to Office 365 management portal to view the tenant health, any ongoing issues or service outages. With the release of Office 365 Management pack they can leverage SCOM to do the monitoring on behalf of the Office 365 tenant. Individual services like Exchange Online, Lync Online, SharePoint Online can be thoroughly monitored with any active incidents occurred on same. Also you can view details related to service health, service interruption corresponding to the Office 365 services along with important service messages from Microsoft. In simple words, your Office 365 dashboard can now reside in SCOM. We are going to discuss how we can import and configure this MP in a later post.

Office 365 MP Dashboard in SCOM 2012 R2

Resource Visualization dashboards for VMM

We have two new dashboards that can display resource utilization of your Virtualization Hosts & VMs . You can view the health of the list of Hosts and their performance counters. This can also provide overall health status of a VM (Red, Green, Amber colour code). We will discuss how to install and configure the Resource Visualization Pack for VMM in a later post.

VMM Resource Visualization Dashboard
VM health view

Resources

  1. Office 365 Management Pack for SCOM 2012
  2. VMM Resource Visualization Pack