28 June 2015 blogs Daniel Örneling 6 min read
Earlier in May while attending Microsoft Ignite, Savision released a new version of both their flagship product Live Maps. In the latest release of Live Maps, Savision has made several improvements in performance and added several new features which I will go through below.
Enhanced performance dashboards
With this latest release four new ways of presenting data have been added. These four are:
- Single value
- Radial gauge
- Linear gauge
You will see all of these but the linear gauge in the view I’ve built for this blog. The linear gauge is just like the radial gauge except that it’s linear instead.
To add these new performance gauges to your view, click the performance button just as you can see in the picture below and choose the one you want for this counter.
The first thing I want to visualize in my view is the load on the Operations Manager and Operations ManagerDW databases, and to do this I’m going to use the Sparkline gauge. The first thing you do is to choose which object you want to look at. In this case it’s the OperationsManager DB where I want to see an average of the reads that are being done in the DB. I stick to the default choices for this one and just carry on through the process.
Format the colors to suit your needs – check them in the preview – and then carry on and finish the Sparkline gauge.
The next thing I’ll add is the disk write for the same DB, but in this case I’m also changing the period of data to be shown. You have the option to go back a year which is possible thanks to the data warehouse connection. In this case I’m sticking to six months of historical data.
The next thing I’ll add is a counter for measuring free space for my OM Databases and also the SCCM database. To do this, the Single value option is used instead of the Sparkline.
The finished view is shown below. This took me about 15 minutes to set up where 10 minutes of that were designing and fitting the different counters to make it a good looking view. This view is saved under a folder in the monitoring view in Operations Manager and can be shown either directly inside the Operations console or in the Live Maps web console.
With these new ways of presenting your data you have a completely new way to build fancy dashboards to place on the wall or wherever you need to see them.
Enhanced membership rules
Another new feature is the ability to build more complex membership rules. Now you don’t have to settle with picking all members of a group but you can also add more expressions to further filter what you want to include in the query. In this case, I’ve picked up a specific management server from the “Operations Manager Management Server Computer Group” group. This query would only include the MAOM01 server and no other, no matter how many servers there are in the group.
In this latest release of Live Maps, the ability to connect it to ServiceNow have been added. The abilities added are the same as for Service Manager and you are now able to synchronize your business services over to ServiceNow so that you have an easy way to dig into you services to see what relationships there are between the components. If you have followed this blog for a while now, you may have seen my blog post about integrating Live Maps with System Center Service Manager here which goes into the process of setting it up with SCSM.
Business Service in Dashboards
One thing that’s really appreciated (by me at least) is the ability to show your business services inside Dashboards. This is new in the latest release and if you’ve seen them inside the Live Maps web console it will look familiar. Before activating this feature you will need a new updated license for Dashboards so don’t freak out the first time you click the button “Services Overview” from the main page as it will fail and tell you to get a new license.
Below is what you will see once you click on one of your services. You will not only get information about faulty components and active alerts but you will also see SLA values for the service. You can then choose to dig deeper into the SLA values for each component group as you will see in the next picture.
One thing that may strike you if you’re used to the Live Maps web console is the speed of retrieving the data. The first time I saw this new version, the speed is what got my attention! The difference in how Live Maps processes the information is that Live Maps (so far) uses the same stored procedures that Microsoft wrote and uses to retrieve the information while Dashboards uses new SQL queries written by Savision’s team of developers.
What you’ve read above is all of the new features added to the latest releases of both Live Maps. With these new possibilities, think of the fancy dashboards you are now able to create for your personnel. Both management and the helpdesk technicians will love these new views that you can now create showing them exactly what they need to know and making their life easier.
About Daniel Orneling
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.