This is the first in a number of blog posts that I have decided to put together that will show how to build a complete custom dashboard solution for your System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) 2007 R2 environment that incorporates the System Center Service Manager (SCSM) Dashboard, the SCOM Service Level Dashboard (SLD) 2.0 and also a Distributed Applications Health State Scorecard into a seamless tabbed window for easy-on-the-eye SCOM data consumption.
Dashboarding in SCOM out of the box is very minimal and the only official SCOM dashboard that Microsoft have provided is the Service Level Dashboard 2.0 which looks great but is only really effective when pointed to Distributed Applications and their respective Service Level Objectives.
What SCOM was lacking was a dashboard solution that was supported by Microsoft, included the ability to present data such as 'Computers with the most Alerts', 'SCOM DB size', 'Distributed Application Health State', 'Noisiest alerts' etc; and most importantly one that was provided for FREE!
I have come across a great number of blog posts from the SCOM community that cover each of these aspects of SCOM Dashboarding individually but have found nothing out there that brings all of the solutions centrally together onto one site.
The posts that follow in this series will go into detail with the information that you need to create these solutions and customise them for your different client environments.
See below for the links to the other posts in this series:
SCOM Dashboards - Part 1- Installing WSS 3.0
SCOM Dashboards - Part 2 - Installing the Dashboard Solution Accelerator
SCOM Dashboards - Part 3 - Customizing the Dashboard Banner and Logo
SCOM Dashboards - Part 4 - Customizing the Dashboard Tabs
SCOM Dashboards - Part 5 - Installing the Service Level Dashboard (SLD 2.0)
SCOM Dashboards - Part 6 - Adding SQL Queries to the Dashboards
SCOM Dashboards - Part 7 - The SCOM Distributed Application Health State Tab
SCOM Dashboards - Part 8 - Adding the SLD Tab to the SCOM Dashboard
SCOM Dashboards - Conclusion and References