Part 2 : Get more value using Visio drill trough

3 Jun

Hi Quick Update. In part 1 I promised when I had time I would make a prototype of a OM 12 Widget that would show a Visio document and update the health states on it.

So , not that I had time but the coolness factor was to high , so I offered some hours on Sunday to get this working… yes you have read it correctly. I have it working !

Mission

Make a OM 2012 widget and load a Visio document in it. Then refresh the shape data according to the OM target health states. Just the way the official Microsoft Visio SCOM plug in it does.

Accompliced

So far I have it working as a prototype. Yes its stable but as every prototype not fool proof. See screen shots below.

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The prototype works based on Visio documents you have made with the official Visio SCOM plugin. Just create the Visio document and drag the OM targets on it and save it. Then load it in to the widget , for now with File –> open. There is one rule: You must have Visio installed on the machine running the OM console.

You don’t have to have the official Visio SCOM plugin installed when you only view the Visio sheets in the Widgets. I have made a refresh feature that connects to the OM group and gets the health state data and refreshes the Visio shapes based on the outcome. But when you have the official Visio SCOM plugin installed you get a bonus. It works also in the widget with official refreshing. See screenshot below:

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After getting a try timeout it shows the login form. Better would be that it takes the credentials you are using running the OM console . But … Again prototype facts.

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Conclusion

Sorry I really love being a nerd! (that’s what my wife says anyway) If you are honest you must admit this is really cool stuff!!. Since it will cost me for now to much time to finish a build I can share and because the VSAE is still under NDA and I maybe have plans with this. I will not share it for now. However I will try to convince the MS OM guys ( Dale , Marcin, Baelson hope you read this) to deliver this widget out of the box..

Happy Scomming and till next week!

Michel Kamp

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

  1. Jon June 5, 2012 at 17:11 #

    This is slick and I have a use case for it right now. Please share how you made the widget

    • Michel Kamp June 6, 2012 at 16:27 #

      sorry cant share building widgets jet. but can share the visio part. will consider it. thanks

      • Michael Munk September 6, 2012 at 10:34 #

        Hi Michel, thanks for Post. but wicht Template SCOM view did you used. I have installed the officel Visio Tools for SC. But i cannot select an Visio Template in new View.
        Thanks

      • Michel Kamp September 6, 2012 at 18:31 #

        I created my own widget template.

        I had also a answer from the Microsoft PG that they won’t deliver this visio widget idea out of the box.

        So you will need to create your own.

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