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Savision dashboards is a free, fast, and customized tool for System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) that provides the important information you need on any device, anywhere. Yes, on any device you want! This is the power of HTML5 and Silverlight, and with a drag-and-drop interface, you can easily create custom dashboards that consist of widgets to give you meaningful visualizations of the information you need to keep end users happy. One quick glance is all you need to identify current or future problems, so you can start prioritizing and troubleshooting them faster than ever.
In today’s blog post, I’ll cover how Savision dashboards really work behind the scenes.
Performance and safety are key goals that Savision developers have focused on since day one of development.
If you use Operations Manager (which of course you do), you’ve found that it’s kind of slow, especially when monitoring a large environment.
This is how it is said Savision dashboards takes Operations Manager to the next level:
1. They always request a list of objects directly from the Operations Manager SDK. This ensures that they respect the role-based permissions defined in Operations Manager.
2. Almost all queries are retrieved directly from SCOM databases.
3. They keep the absolute minimum number of queries per aggregation screen, and instead of performing each query separately, they split all similar queries so that they can be run at once.
4. Cache! Things that are not expected to change often are cached. Most importantly, the cache is on the logged-in user so that they do not confuse security settings; cached items have multiple lifetimes depending on how often they are expected to change.
5. Each logged-in session has its own connection to the Operations Manager SDK and is authenticated with user-entered credentials, this in relation to Operations Manager role-based security.
6. The web application creates a connection repository for each Operations Manager database and authenticates it with the user credentials of the application suite. This minimizes connections to databases and means you don’t have to give every user permission to access the databases directly.
The exciting news is that Savision has just released the latest version for Dashboards V1.2.0:
What’s New in Savision Dashboards V1.2.0:
- Single sign-on option. Users do not have to explicitly enter their credentials, but the application automatically accesses their Windows domain account. This feature is optional and can be configured during installation. See the installation guide for more information.
- “SQL Query” widget. You now have the ability to make arbitrary queries to SQL Server and Oracle databases and display the result on a custom aggregation screen.
- Due to general demand, Savision has restored the “Computer Condition and Display Information” widget.
- The Heat Map widget now has the ability to display object names on the screens instead of blank.
- The installer now offers the option to create a link to the application on the desktop and also allows you to open the application when the installation is complete.
- The SLA Status widget now displays the meter instead of a bar graph when only one SLA is available.
- The Managed Entity page now shows the current health status of the managed entity and the type of object.
You can download the latest free version of Savision Dashboards here!
Until next time…