19 April 2016 how to – beginner Dave Twing 6 min read
Live Maps enables you to visualize and understand the availability of your business-critical services. With Live Maps you are able to model your key business services and immediately see valuable information about their health and performance. Although many of our customers have custom applications and services that they need to model, many of them also use the same key Microsoft applications, for example: Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Active Directory and Microsoft SharePoint.
In previous versions of Live Maps, we already provided a collection of out-of-box services on those applications to help make it easier to manage your current infrastructure. Since then, we have been providing out-of-box support for many of these business-critical and commonly used applications through management packs that are quick and simple to import. These easily deployable service models leverage the knowledge of your IT and application experts and allow them to visualize the health of your applications in an intuitive and yet detailed manner. To date, we have released several including but not limited to the following:
And continuing with this practice we have added 6 more, including:
- Exchange 2010
- System Center Configuration Manager 2012
- Skype for Business 2015
As with all of the out-of-box services, the goal is to provide a simple way to setup a service map for each application. To add these services, simply select discover service and select the service desired as shown below:
And with just a few mouse clicks you have your new service up and running.
Out-of-box service – System Center Configuration Manager 2012
Like the Exchange service, this service gives you a look at the health state of Configuration Manager in a nice Service Map with drill downs for all major components such as the site server, the management points, distribution points, and software update points.
Out-of-box service – Skype for Business 2015
With Skype for Business 2015, the service has been broken down into the 18 major components of the application that correlate to the main parts of Skype for Business 2015. For each of these sections, you will see the overall health of those sections with the ability to drill-down to see what low level parts are actually the cause of a top-level unhealthy state. See the components and display layout in the image below.
It will also update your Services Overview to keep your overall health view up to date for all services
We listen to our customers, and all these new out-of-box services were suggested by your feedback. Keep your suggestions coming so we can deliver just the services you are looking for!
We will continue to expand on our out-of-box services in future releases. In the meantime, don’t miss our next blog, where we will introduce the other 3 out-of-box services that were featured in our release of Live Maps v8: Windows DNS, Windows DHCP and Windows Remote Desktop.
With Live Maps and its new features, you can do so much more when using SCOM. If you still don’t have Live Maps, then try it out now.