23 June 2016 blogs Daniel Örneling 3min read
So, what does the portal look like, and what can you expect from it? In this post I will show three of the “sections” within the Portal. The Service Management section allows you to check out the different services that you’ve created with the Authoring Console. You can deep dive into certain views (see below), and by clicking “Services Overview” you will see the service map you’re already used to with Live Maps. The image below depicts what you will see once you have logged in (single-sign-on is there as well).
Live Maps Portal
As I mentioned before, it is possible to deep dive into certain views of your services (End User, Application and Infrastructure). Click Live Maps and you’re almost there.
Now, you will see a list of the views you can go in to. In this case I want to see the “End User Components” for the service “Nano IIS Web Site” that I’ve created for this blog post.
Below you will see the components of the view you choose. In this case, I’ve only created a web check to make sure my website is up and running.
Web Application Availability Monitoring Test
Now, if you want to publish a view (could be a single view as shown here, or the service map), click the ‘chain’ button in the upper right corner to generate a static URL. Here, you can choose to disable header and navigation and you can also disable the drill down. This means that you can stop some people from clicking on services and checking these out at a deeper level by providing them with a specific URL that only gives them certain rights.
Generating a static URL
And this is what it looks like. I can see the view with the components, but that’s pretty much it. I can’t go in and deep dive in the service or access any other information when using this link.
What about the ”System Dashboards” section? This is where you will find ready-made dashboards that come out-of-the-box within this new portal. The reason why some of the products are greyed-out is because I haven’t imported management packs for those products in SCOM. As soon as I import the management packs for the products, they will be visible and I will have access to the standard dashboards that come with the portal.
For this example I’m going to click “Computer Health“ to show what kind of information you can get.
Here you will receive information on how your servers are doing. To find out more about a server, just click the name and find out why it’s in a warning state.
Once you’ve clicked your way into a server, you will not only find out what is wrong with it but you will also get a lot of information about the server along with performance data. Pretty sweet, huh? Now, for the next step, I’m going to click “Open Health Explorer” which you can see to the right in the yellow banner.
This opens up the ‘Health Explorer’, which drills down through the monitors and shows why it’s in a warning state. In this case it’s the ‘Defender’ that isn’t scanning like it should in my demo environment. Really nice to get the ‘Health Explorer’ inside the portal without having to go over to the operations console and find it there instead.
I have shown you a lot of the features in this new portal, but one thing I haven’t shown you is the ability to create your own dashboards. To see how it’s done and how you can get even more value from this new portal, stay tuned for part 2 of this blog series.
Click here to read Part 2 of “Getting to know the Live Maps Portal” by Daniel Örneling.
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About Daniel Örneling
Daniel Örneling is a specialist consultant working for Approved Consulting. He focuses on SCOM, OMS and those parts of Azure that come along with it. Follow his blog if you want to learn more about his tips and fixes for System Center Operations Manager, Operations Management Suite and much more.