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
- Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 or later
- Windows Server 2012
- Windows Server 2012 R2
- .NET Framework 4.0 or later
- IIS installed
- 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)
- Download the binaries from the Square Up website. You can request a fully functional 30 day trial from here.
- Launch the installer.
- Accept the license agreement.
- 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.
- In the next screen you need to provide your Root Management Server’s FQDN and click Next to finish the setup.
- 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. If you want a live demo to convince your boss to purchase Squared Up here is the free demo provided by Squared Up team.