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 (https://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 https://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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The Discussion

  • User profile image

    At about the 12 min mark, yo mention just installing UR2 and the widgets are there. That's not entirerly true. To get all the widgets you need to add a few MPB's from the "management packs for update rollups" folder. They are NOT JUST THERE.

  • User profile image

    Hi Joe,
    Thanks for the post, let me clarify.  You are right that there are other steps needed to install Update Rollup 2, which are documented here: https://support.microsoft.com/kb/2706783 under Installation Information.

    These steps do include:

    • Copying files to folders
    • Applying MSPs to the OpsMgr servers
    • Importing new Management Packs

    Assuming that the UR is installed successfully following these step, then the MP will just work, there is nothing else needed to "turn it on" besides restarting the management server console.


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