13 March 2012 blogs Dennis Rietvink 3 min read
IT Infrastructures are always subject to change. Which means it is a hell of a job to keep your application models in sync with the reality of the day. With Live Maps for Operations Manager we allow you to make your application model dynamic. This article will detail the simple steps on how to accomplish that.
How-To: Make your OpsMgr Application Views Dynamic
Let’s take a simple business application that has a web farm front end. The goal is that every time a web farm instance is added to or removed from the farm, the application map gets updated automatically.
After starting the Live Maps Authoring Console we create a dynamic list that will be populated with web farm instances by defining membership rules based on the name of the instance.
Once the list view has been added we will add and configure the membership rule. A membership rule can be targeted to any object class and can filter based on any discovered property. In this example we target the rule to the IIS 7 Web Site class and we create a filter based on the Display Name of the IIS instance.
After the rule has been added the IIS instances that match the rule will appear in the preview window. Alternatively you can configure the appearance of the view by changing the View Settings and Class Defaults. Changing the Class Defaults allow you to display any additional discovered properties, in the example we have added the bindings of the web site.
Now we have finished the ‘hard’ part let’s create an application topology map by adding a new Drawing view.
To create a drill-down from the application map to the web farm view the only thing you need to do is to drag and drop the Web Farm view on top of the application map. In the context menu you will find multiple options to enhance the appearance of the web farm object. In this example we make the image visible.
From the Objects pane we now add additional application components like Databases and End User perspectives.
To present the health of this business application on a high level dashboard, just add another Drawing view, add a Dashboard Item shape and drag and drop the application map on the Dashboard Item.
So creating a dynamic application map with Live Maps does not require difficult xml editing procedures but just a few simple clicks in the Live Maps authoring console.
About Dennis Rietvink
Dennis co-founded Savision in late 2007 with Douwe Van de Voort. He has over 12 years of systems management, architecture design, and deployment experience working for Fortune 500 companies at EDS (now Hewlett Packard) and other firms.He is the co-architect of multiple innovative (patented) systems and management products used globally at EDS to centrally manage Microsoft-based infrastructures of their large accounts.
As an infrastructure architect for multiple projects, Dennis specializes in maintaining communication with customers and translating business requirements into technical architectures. He worked for many global accounts like Dow Chemicals, DSM, Aegon and the Dutch Railways.
Dennis studied Computer Science at the Hogeschool of Etten-Leur, the Netherlands.