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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 !


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.


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


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:


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.



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

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