Part 1 – Background
Part 3 – Application Monitoring – Setting the scene
Part 4 – Monitoring Overview
Part 5 – Create the Management Pack Solution and Project
Part 6 – Create the Management Pack components
Part 7 – Create the Squared Up Dashboard
Even after all these years; System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) is still going strong as an on-premises performance and application monitoring solution. It has its quirks and anyone who believed the marketing hype of “quick to deploy” and “best of breed management packs” soon realises that the reality is somewhat more complex. However, that could be said of any monitoring solution. One thing that is definitely true though is that to get real value from SCOM you need to take time deploying and tuning SCOM, building processes that help you sort out the noise from the real issues.
Once you have the solid foundations in place, another challenge is that despite collecting huge amounts of what could be useful data giving real insight into your infrastructure and application performance and availability; SCOM makes it as difficult as possible to display that data in user friendly and meaningful ways. Reporting is dreadful. The widgets are a little better but performance can be painful.
So take a step forward with Squared Up. Simple, easy to use and with an equally straight forward licensing model. Whether you want high level dashboards for your service managers or drill down dashboards that your application support teams can use to triage issues, Squared Up make your job as a SCOM Administrator so much easier.
And not only does Squared Up deliver super-fast HTML5 dashboards, they can also provide automatic application discovery and even dynamically integrate external data – all delivered via a single, lightweight, easy-to-install product. I’ll look at that more in future articles; especially now that v4 has been released and I can talk about some of the exciting new features.