Creating Dashboards in SCOM 2012

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One of the neat features of System Center 2012 Operations Manager, is the ability to create dashboard views. The dashboard provides a particular layout, which specifies the arrangement of cells used to host content. The layout could be a fixed grid layout, for example one cell on the top and one on the bottom, a two-by-two grid of four cells, etc. It can also be a column layout where the user specifies the number of columns and cells are added dynamically as needed.

The content is displayed within the dashboards using widgets. A widget is basically a combination of a user interface control, such as a grid or chart, and a data provider which defines the data to be retrieved. When the user adds a widget to a dashboard, the new widget instance also gets the configuration specified by the user.

To Build a Dashboard in the Operations Console, Perform the Following Steps:

1. From the Monitor section, open a New Dashboard View:

2. In the New Dashboard and Widget Wizard, select the dashboard layout:

3. After selecting the desired grid layout, and confirming your selection, click “Create” on the next page of the wizard.

When completed, the new dashboard will look like this. Each dashboard cell has a link in it which the user can click to add a new widget:

Adding Widgets to the New Dashboard

1. Click the “Click to add widget…” link in a dashboard cell. This will open the New Dashboard and Widget Wizard.

2. From the available options, select the desired widget.

3. Enter a name for the new widget, Click Add to select the objects to display:

4. Select the items to display in the widget:

5. Specify the criteria to show (e.g. which health states to display) and the columns to show:

6. Repeating these steps with additional widgets (e.g. Performance Chart and Alert widget), the dashboard is fully configured.

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