Edge Show 112 – New Widgets & Dashboards with Operations Manager in System Center 2012 R2


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In this episode Symon interviews Daniel Savage, Principal Program Manager Lead on the System Center Operations Manager team, to discuss the new dashboards and visualizations available in Update Release 2 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2929891).  These widgets provide more detailed information about alerts, health, images, classes, SLAs, performance, websites, PowerShell, state, and topology.

For more information about the new widgets, visit http://blogs.technet.com/b/momteam/archive/2014/04/24/new-widgets-and-dashboard.aspx.

The interview with Daniel begins at [09:05]:

  • -[09:40] How does Operations Manager analyze and display data?
  • -[10:35] What is the difference between a widget and a dashboard?
  • -[11:00] Which widgets shipped with the System Center 2012 and 2012 R2 initial release?
  • -[11:40] How is Update Release 2 installed to enable the new widgets?

At [12:00] Daniel demos how to create a new dashboard

  • -[12:30] Which widgets are new?
  • -[13:35] How do you publish a dashboard to a web console?
  • -[14:45] What does the 'state' of a system indicate?
  • -[15:05] Is it possible to drill down into an alert to provide more information?
  • -[15:50] What type of states can the tiles display?

At [16:35] Daniel demos the new topology wizard

  • -[17:45] What type of requirements are needed for the SQL Server that supports the Operations Manager database?
  • -[18:25] How do you display PowerShell information in a widget?
  • At [19:10] Daniel demos how to create a PowerShell Grid widget
  • -[19:25] Where does the PowerShell script run and under what security context?

At [21:10] Daniel demos how PowerShell can be used to query Bing and return data

  • -[21:45] How extensible is this solution?
  • -[22:20] Is it possible to query information from internal applications or websites?

At [23:05] Daniel demos how to create custom widgets in Visual Studio

  • -[23:35] What are the best practices to optimize the speed of the visualizations?
  • -[25:40] How do the Operations Manager widgets compare to VMware vCenter Operations Manager?
  • -[26:30] Where can people go to learn more?



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