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SCOM 2012 R2 Web Recorder Help: IE 10 & 11

If you want to record a web session using the latest versions of  IE, be sure to check out Anthony Bailey’s post:

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/1d89486d-76dc-4f39-aa18-55cd839403d0/cant-record-web-session-in-web-application-transaction-monitoring-using-ie10-tried-under-windows?forum=operationsmanagergeneral

#sysctr #SCOM

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Infinity Connected™ – Advanced Web Console Access with SquaredUp

The default Web Console for System Center Operations Manager has tremendous potential. It is feature rich and provides access to rich data about your environment. It includes Alerts, Events, States, Performance, Dashboards and Reports. It’s everything you would expect from an enterprise web console and best of all it frees you up from having to access the full Operations Console.

Unfortunately, it suffers from several limitations that essentially render it unusable in today’s modern-day IT enterprise:

  1. Painfully slow during initial launch and within complex views. I is unstable and prone to crashing.
  2. No authoring capabilities except for dashboards.
  3. Can’t access data from the warehouse.*
  4. Internet Explorer only. Requires Silverlight and an initial configuration upon first use.

*Through the creation of Dashboards you can select Widgets that pull their data from the data warehouse. This is very bad for anyone with a multi-tenant management group because there is no role security on the data warehouse like there is with the OperationsManager database. The result is while a user is browsing creating their dashboard they will have access to all data.

The demand for access to System Center Operations Manager data has expanded well beyond the traditional IT. Business owners, application developers and executives are requesting access. They want visibility and transparency into the health of the applications they are responsible for.

One of the biggest challenges in any System Center Operations Manager deployment is accessibility – getting users access to data without going through the desktop console. This by itself is enough to discourage wide-spread adoption of  System Center Operations Manager.

Squared Up to the Rescue! Squared Up (www.squaredup.com) has the perfect solution. Their modern HTML 5 presentation layer for System Center Operations Manager is simple, extremely fast and works on any device. It offers a wealth of functionality and brings tremendous value to System Center Operations Manager Administrators and End-Users. It is the default console Infinity Connected™. It fulfills every one of our functional and performance requirements – especially when it comes to heavy loads.  

Custom Monitoring Configuration – You can implement and maintain the following functionality from within the Squared Up console:

  1. Windows Services – Service Availability
  2. Processes – Process Availability
  3. Performance Metrics – Performance Collection with Thresholds
  4. Log File Entries – Check for Entries in Text Based Log Files
  5. Windows Event Logs – Check for Entries in Windows Event Logs

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Access to the Data Warehouse (with Security) – Your performance graphs are no longer limited to the data in the primary database – data is pulled from the data warehouse so you can access historical data without having to access the Reporting console.

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Operations ConsoleSquared Up simplifies System Center Operations Manager alerts, reduces the cost of IT support while improving the accuracy of alert triaging, escalation and diagnostics.

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  • Smart Alert View – Everything you need to prioritize and act.
  • Service Impact – Instantly see which IT services are affected.
  • Company Knowledge Made Easy – Edit knowledge articles directly in your browser.
  • Advanced Diagnostics – Server health, and performance visualized.
  • HTML Alert Emails – Clear, engaging email format.

Mobile AccessSquared Up enables your support teams to effectively respond to System Center Operations Manager alerts from any location:

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  • All Platforms – iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry
  • Integrated into Operations Manager Notifications – Hyperlinked directly from alert emails.
  • Escalate or Fix – Acknowledge alerts or run SCOM tasks from your phone.
  • Health and Performance Diagnostics – Diagnose complex issues remotely.
  • Dashboard Access – Get the full context with access to web dashboards.

Web DashboardsSquared Up enables you to deliver visibility into the health of your IT infrastructure to anyone, anywhere using standard web technology.

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Customization – With SquaredUp’ s customization capabilities rich, application-centric dashboards can be authored in a snap:

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  • Deliver Anywhere – Embed in any web page, deliver to any device.
  • Less Chrome and More Clarity – Focus on the health of your system with an uncluttered view.
  • Drill Down to Root Cause – All dashboards link through to the underlying alerts and health state.
  • SharePoint Integration – Publish using the standard SharePoint Page Viewer Web Part.
  • Custom Dashboard Design – Specific requirements? Squared Up will build any visualization for you.

Performance Reporting – Squared Up makes it easy to use real performance data from across your entire data center for fast and informed decision-making.

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  • Hassle Free Web Access – No complex reporting infrastructure.
  • Highly Optimized – Responsive graphs and reduced load on your data warehouse.
  • Elegant Presentation – Clearly presented performance data, exportable to PDF.
  • Comparative Analysis – Put performance data in context by comparing across instances.
  • Sparkline Overviews – Quickly locate bottlenecks, trends and spikes.

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System Center Operations Manager 2012 R2 – Dashboards – Two Noteworthy Features

There is no shortage of excellent blogs related to System Center Operations Manager 2012 dashboards but I did want to point out two very convenient features. Features not available in SCOM 2007 and not widely publicized as far as I can tell. They make data analysis a little easier. For dashboard junkies such as myself, this is a big deal.

  • Sort by Column – You can sort by any column in a dashboard which has performance related data. It’s probably very important to also note performance data is being pulled from the data warehouse when you use the ‘Performance Widget’. The image below is sorted by ‘Maximum Value’. Simply clicking on the desired field, data is sorted lowest to highest. A second click will reverse the order. It may seem like a small piece of functionality but in SCOM 2007 the selection pane did not have any data – to get this type of data you had to rely on SCOM reporting services.

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  • Data Highlighting – It’s the equivalent of ‘Ctrl + h’ in perfmon.exe but it’s accomplished with a simple mouse click. By simply clicking any of the items in the chart, its graph data is brought to the foreground. Very useful when working with large sets of data (see above).

Last thing I wanted to mention is the System Center Operations Manager product group has a tool which allows you to author and customize dashboard widgets and save them to an unsealed management pack which allows you to export to other management groups. This is a huge deal. You can design and tune a widget in your Test / QA management group (as you should) then export to production or you can write an awesome widget and you can share. You can read more at the Operations Manager Engineering Blog.