Get more value using Visio drill trough

28 May

And again I think I was sleeping. Long time ago when the Visio SCOM integration was released (4year ago) I always had the idea I was missing a key feature. The drill trough feature. So when I click on a shape it opens a next sheet with detailed shapes on it. Tried to established this but stopped looking due a unknown reason. I think it was RTM. (please don’t tell others).  But the idea never left my mind.  So @MMS2012 I spoke with the Operations manager team again and got my answer. O o oh what is the solution simple! Of course Microsoft I never dubbed you guys hadn’t thought about it!. Special thanks to Dale K.  (MSFT)

Lets Start:

First we install all the requirements:

1) Visio

2) SCOM Visio module see Visio and SharePoint extensions for System Center 2012 Released

3) A working SCOM Management group.

4) Knowledge of SCOM

5) One or more DAD (Distributed Application Diagram)

Make the Visio document

Open Visio and create a new sheet. Lets say a overview of your DAD applications.


Now we link the correct SCOM targets to the Visio shapes. In our case we have a DAD application that we are linking to shape named Applications A. We do the same for the B and C application.

This is what we get.


So when the DAD linked to Application A is unhealthy it will change the shape named Application A red. So far it is almost basic stuff.

Drill trough

Now the value increment. We are going to link the application shapes to a other sheets containing detailed level of the selected application.  So we create a new sheet. And Name it Application A.


And we add/link some SCOM targets related to application A to it.


Now we go back to the overview sheet (page-1) and select the Application A shape and right click –> Hyperlink.


Next we are going to create a new hyperlink.


Select the new hyperlink and press the sub-address browse.


Select the application A sheet. And the Zoom level.


And we are almost ready. This last step is important. Since clicking on a shape will only trigger the default hyperlink. We must select the just created hyperlink and set it as default. In this example we have no other hyperlinks but normally we have some default one’s.



The result

So still in Visio press F5. Now the Visio sheet will be shown full screen. Double click on shape Application A and you will we get the detailed sheet showing application A.

Cool isn’t it!!!

Tip: You can use the up/down button to switch the sheets. But better is to make a go to overview shape on every detail sheet. And hyperlink this to the overview sheet.

Will it work in SharePoint ??

YES it does!

Assuming you have configured the SCOM Visio add in for SharePoint. You just publish it to the document library and open it. You will see its working there also… Sooo cool. 

Next idea is born

The only thing is that we still can’t get this into the native SCOM console. Okay we can make a web view showing the SharePoint Visio page but this has a lot off setup overhead. The good thing is that you can write your custom widgets in OM12. When I have time I will make a prototype showing this Visio sheet into the operations manager native console using a widget. 

Happy Scomming!!

Michel Kamp


2 Responses to “Get more value using Visio drill trough”

  1. Michael Munk September 5, 2012 at 07:36 #

    Hi Michel,very nice Stuff. Please can you help me about the Visio Widget in OM Console. (Your Words: When I have time I will make a prototype showing this Visio sheet into the operations manager native console using a widget. ) Thats very great!!!!!!
    Thanks Michael

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