Videos uploaded by user “Squared Up”
Building your first dashboard
See how easy it is to create your very first Squared Up dashboard!
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Webinar: Tuning the SCOM Data Warehouse
Join Matthew Long and Richard Benwell as they discuss how to get the most out of your SCOM Data Warehouse performance. The SCOM Data Warehouse is used by both SCOM and Squared Up to display Performance, Event and health data, both in an aggregated and raw form for near and long term storage. As such, any performance issues in the DW will result in a poor user experience as dashboards take an unreasonable amount of time to load, leading to poor user engagement in SCOM. Richard talks us through his 5 point tuning plan, which aims to address both sizing and configuration issues, as well as tackling that classic issue of MP tuning, as too much of the wrong data going in can prevent getting any data out! There are a lot of great resources linked to in this video from the SCOM community and Microsoft PFE's, which we've collated for you below, so make sure you check them out and see if you can't supercharge arguably SCOM's greatest asset. Links ---------- MVP SQL 2012 and System Server 2012 Configuration guides: https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/SQL-Server-guide-for-8584c403 https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/SQL-2012-and-System-Center-553b5161 System Center Operations Manager Field Experience: https://download.microsoft.com/DOWNLOAD/8/2/8/828C05A2-E6A0-436A-9AE1-704A8005E355/9780735695825.PDF Tao Yang's OpsMgr 2012 DW health check script: http://support.squaredup.com/solution/articles/213715-operations-manager-2012-data-warehouse-health-check-script Tao Yang's Self maintenance MP: https://blog.tyang.org/2015/09/16/opsmgr-self-maintenance-management-pack-2-5-0-0/ Kevin Holman's Flapping monitors query: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/kevinholman/2009/12/21/tuning-tip-do-you-have-monitors-constantly-flip-flopping/ Kevin Holman's DW retention and grooming article: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/kevinholman/2010/01/05/understanding-and-modifying-data-warehouse-retention-and-grooming/
Views: 1000 Squared Up
Webinar: What's new in SCOM 1807
Join Matthew Long and Adam Kinniburgh as we take a look at the newly released SCOM 1807. Links --------------- Full list of bugfixes: https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/4133779/system-center-operations-manager-version-1807 Simple PowerShell widget example: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/system-center/scom/manage-create-web-dashboard-posh?view=sc-om-1807 Complex PowerShell widget example: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/wei_out_there_with_system_center/2016/09/01/opsmgr-sample-blue-bar-state-widget-template/
Views: 1286 Squared Up
Map Every App
Map Every App - automatically discover, map and monitor every single application in your environment and deliver a . single-pane-of-glass for your enterprise applications.
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How to get the most from the Visio tile for Squared Up HTML5 dashboards for SCOM - Walkthrough
This video is designed to showcase the some of the features of Squared Up's Visio tile. The visio tile allows you to precisely place images, icons and text, combined with health state information and interactive links. This makes it easy to create high impact dashboards showing application topologies, service overviews, rack diagrams, or whatever else may suit your needs. Visio diagrams can also include hyperlinks to other Squared Up dashboards, external URLs, or email addresses. This can make it easy for users to view applications, knowledge bases, CMDBs or mail support team.
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Webinar: 3 Awesome ways to use your SCOM DW
Join Matthew Long and Richard Benwell as we take a look at a few ways you can leverage SCOM datawarehouse queries to create awesome dashboards and perspectives in Squared Up, using our flexible SQL tile. We start out with an introduction to querying the SCOM DW using SQL that should be suitable for anyone regardless of your experience with SQL. Richard talks us through connecting to the DW using SQL Management Studio, the views you'll need to get data and some simple T-SQL terms you'll need to construct your first queries. We then move on to some example queries Richard has put together, including Alert correlation, Performance trending, and finally downtime reporting. We've put these queries up on our Github (see links below) so you can make use of them as well in your environment, and we'll put a Dashboard pack together for Squared Up customers in the near future with some pre-built perspectives. With the extremely flexible SQL tile, and the huge amount of data already sitting in your DW we're sure you can create some awesome dashboards, so make sure you share your efforts with the SCOM community. Likewise if you run into trouble, check out our Community Answers platform (links below), as there is an extremely helpful and knowledgeable community there who can usually answer any SCOM related questions very quickly! Links ---------------------- SCOM DW Schema: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg508713.aspx Community Answers: https://community.squaredup.com/answers/ Github Samples: https://github.com/squaredup/Scripts
Views: 576 Squared Up
Getting Started with Squared Up v4
This video provides a quick orientation in the Squared Up User Interface, so that you'll know where to find all of the basic features and functionality, including; universal search, drilldowns, performance reporting, Open Access dashboards, application mapping - and much, more more!
Views: 533 Squared Up
Webinar: SCOM PowerShell Monitoring MP
Initially developed by Squared Up and released as an Open Source project to the community, the PowerShell Monitoring Management pack extends Microsoft Systems Center Operations Manager (SCOM) to allow creation of PowerShell based monitors, rules, tasks, diagnostics and recoveries directly from the SCOM console using the Authoring tab. No MP authoring knowledge (or Squared Up) is required to create these - authors can leverage their existing scripts and the UI contains the samples they need to modify them to work with SCOM. Join Squared Up founder and Product Architect Richard Benwell and Solutions Lead Matthew Long as they give you a tour of this new MP and give you a deep dive into all of it's capabilities. This includes some worked examples based on file monitoring, best practices, and also delves into some of the limitations with the MP and where you may still need to write your own custom MP. To make use of this Management pack, you will need SCOM installed and configured, monitoring your environment. From that point all you need is enough knowledge of PowerShell scripting to accomplish whatever monitoring tasks are required. Links ------------ Download the MP - https://download.squaredup.com/ Get help and support with PowerShell monitoring in SCOM - https://community.squaredup.com/answers/ Contribute to this MP to help improve the experience - https://github.com/squaredup/Community.PowerShellMonitoring.MP
Views: 4375 Squared Up
How to use Squared Up performance reporting features
This video is designed to showcase some of the Performance Reporting features of Squared Up. Squared Up features a number of different performance tiles that can be used to display performance metrics, including line graphs, sparklines, Top N bars and Heat maps. Clicking on these performance tiles presents you with a custom drilldown dashboard, where you can see the metric in detail, compare it with other objects in SCOM, and export the graph and dataset to an excel file for download (great for sharing with users who may not have access to SCOM). As these dashboards have a unique URL, you can simply copy the URL and provide it to anyone you wish to share the dashboard with, making it ideal for sending out in alert notifications, embedding in other products or simply providing a direct link to a colleague.
Views: 616 Squared Up
Squared Up 4.0 - Our biggest and best release yet!
With the introduction of Enterprise Applications, Squared Up 4.0 delivers true Enterprise Application Monitoring, including: - Easy to configure availability monitors - Fast and painless application mapping across your entire infrastructure - Application status dashboards and SLA reporting In short, it’s Distributed Applications done right. In addition, we’re making it easier to roll out Squared Up across your entire IT organisation with the introduction of Team Folders, allowing you to deliver a personalised dashboard and monitoring experience to each of your IT teams. You'll also see some awesome new dashboard features, including richer data visualisations with the Matrix Tile, improved Community Dashboards integration and, of course, we continue to push the performance boundaries of SCOM with our fastest dashboards yet.
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An introduction to alerts
A short guide on how to best deal with alerts in Squared Up. Including a dummy's guide on Monitor versus Rule alerts in SCOM.
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Webinar: Perspective Tile Scoping
Join Matthew Long and Richard Benwell as they discuss some of the intricacies of Perspectives in Squared Up. Many Squared Up tiles allow you to show information not from the targeted object but from related components. This enables you to vastly simplify one of the more complex aspects of SCOM for your users and drastically speed up information discovery during critical outages. In order to make use of this ability, we first need to look at the SCOM component model and understand how classes and relationships interact. We show how you can use Squared Up to discover the hosting hierarchy for any object, its class model, and what objects it relates to. Finally we put this to use by creating a Server perspective that shows discovered software applications and roles for any server, and the distributed applications the server is part of. And for those of you who would like the custom label mustache shown at the end of the episode, you can find it below. {{classes[0].displayName}}{{#if path.indexOf(displayName)< 0 }} <strong>({{displayName}})</strong>{{/if}} *Links* Coffee Break - Introduction to Perspectives https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46SAevmaGtk Coffee Break - Custom Labelling https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHziS6DzUUA Technet - Understanding classes and Objects https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh457568(v=sc.12).aspx System Center Central - Exploring Class relationships from the OpsMgr PowerShell http://www.systemcentercentral.com/opsmgr-2012-exploring-class-relationships-from-the-opsmgr-command-shell/
Views: 329 Squared Up
Working for Squared Up
A glimpse into what it's like to work for one of the fastest growing data visualization companies on the planet...
Views: 247 Squared Up
Webinar: Introduction to Perspectives
This new bite-sized webinar series focuses on specific Squared Up features and scenarios. We’ve assigned this series a Level 300 rating due to its technical content. This Coffee Break Webinar will introduce "Perspectives" or drilldown dashboards in Squared Up. Additional resources: Support KB: What is a Perspective? - https://support.squaredup.com/v3/Reference/Features/WhatIsAPerspective Masterclass: Total Dashboard architecture (3.0) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmhLeGc8gUI 3.1 Total Dashboard architecture updates - https://youtu.be/xzN5JXic-Uk?t=1490 Coffee Break ft. Mustache - Custom Labelling - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHziS6DzUUA Community Dashboard Packs - https://community.squaredup.com/
Views: 989 Squared Up
Webinar: Web API and integration with ServiceNow
This week Matthew Long is joined by Sam Lord from Squared Up's Engineering team to discuss using the Web API tiles to integrate with external data sources, including other monitoring products or ITSM tools such as ServiceNow. First we take a look at the capabilities of the Web API tile and some of the improvements we've made with version 3.2 of Squared Up. We then talk about providers, which is the mechanism Squared Up uses to store API connection details and crucially any credentials that may be required. Matthew gives us a demo of connecting to System Center Orchestrator as an example of connecting to an API secured via Windows auth, and then Sam shows us how to connect to ServiceNow and walks us through the steps you'll need to complete in ServiceNow to enable queries. Finally we give some best practices when integrating external data into Squared Up, and Sam gives us a complete walk through on showing change requests from ServiceNow on a computer perspective, complete with a run through of the new grid designer in 3.2 and how to make each row a clickable link back to ServiceNow. Links ---------- How to integrate Squared Up with ServiceNow (in depth) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYWrgE5fmco v3.2 Release Webinar - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHSURe0QrcA Case study with Purdue University - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W94bdatjTOQ Introduction to Perspectives - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46SAevmaGtk ServiceNow API getting started docs - https://docs.servicenow.com/bundle/istanbul-servicenow-platform/page/integrate/inbound-rest/concept/c_GettingStartedWithREST.html ServiceNow table API docs - https://docs.servicenow.com/bundle/istanbul-servicenow-platform/page/integrate/inbound-rest/concept/c_TableAPI.html
Views: 1093 Squared Up
An introduction to Squared Up
Squared Up is the complete Enterprise Application Monitoring experience. We started life out as a brand new HTML5 web console and dashboarding solution for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM), which we do still do, but with the introduction of our automatic application discovery and external data integration features, we've moved on to bigger and better things.
Views: 733 Squared Up
An  introduction to Visio integration
One of our more widely used dashboard features is the Visio integration feature. This video quickly demonstrates how you can tie SCOM data to Visio diagrams so you can to accurately view health information in a form meaningful to you and your users. As with everything in Squared Up, it's designed to be super easy and extremely intuitive.
Views: 158 Squared Up
Webinar: Custom Labelling
This new bite-sized webinar series focuses on specific Squared Up features and scenarios. We’ve assigned this series a Level 300 rating due to its technical content. This Coffee Break Webinar will look at the custom labelling feature in Squared Up. Squared Up KB Article on Custom Labelling: https://support.squaredup.com/v3/Reference/Features/CustomLabelling Mustache template system on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mustache_%28template_system%29 Ractive 0.7 Mustache extensions used by Squared Up: http://docs.ractivejs.org/0.7/mustaches Javascript regular expression reference: https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/JavaScript/Guide/Regular_Expressions
Views: 654 Squared Up
Webinar: Dashboard JSON - Tips and tricks
Join Matthew Long and Richard Benwell as they take a behind the scenes look at the JSON that defines Squared Up dashboards and perspectives. Richard takes us through a brief overview of JSON as a format (long time customers may remember the days of having to hand craft all dashboards in XML!) before looking at how Squared Up uses it specifically. We discuss the simple system in use in Squared Up that once understood allows you to create pretty much any dashboard layout you can imagine. We then apply that knowledge with a sample of how you can manipulate dashboards using PowerShell. Matthew walks us through a sample script that clones an existing perspective created as a template, and then updates the Id's to match a new object before saving it back into Squared Up. Using this technique you could easily automate the creation of hundreds of new dashboards for each application, or on board a set of standard perspectives whenever a new Management pack is imported into SCOM. If you are interested in the PowerShell script check out our samples Github repo (link below), and if you'd like to see our template layouts get in touch with Squared Up support, who will be more than happy to provide them to you. Links ------------------ Github sample scripts - https://github.com/squaredup/Scripts Visual Studio Code - https://code.visualstudio.com/ Introduction to Perspectives - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46SAevmaGtk
Views: 902 Squared Up
Introduction to VADA in Squared Up v3.1
This video introduces Visual Application Discovery & Analysis (VADA), our unique technology for automatically discovering and mapping your applications, powered by Microsoft’s System Center Operations Manager (SCOM).
Views: 945 Squared Up
Squared Up: Installation
Squared Up is easy to install, taking just 5 minutes and doesn't require any new databases or infrastructure. In case you don't believe that it's really that simple, this video takes you through the live installation of a new deployment of Squared Up in under 5 minutes!
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v4 Training - Visual Application Discovery & Analysis Deep Dive
Join Matthew Long and Wayne Plummer as we take you on a deep dive through the all new Visual Application Discovery & Analysis (VADA) features in Squared Up v4. If you want to sign up for our v4 Training webinar series and join live to get your questions answered, check out the links below. Links ------------------ Docs - What is VADA: https://support.squaredup.com/v4/Reference/Features/VADA Docs - Troubleshooting VADA: https://support.squaredup.com/v4/Troubleshooting/VADA Download - Data on Demand Management packs: https://download.squaredup.com/#managementpacks Request an evaluation: https://squaredup.com/#try-it-now Webinar signup: https://squaredup.com/webinars-events/the-40-training-series/
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Squared Up: First Look & Orientation
This video provides a quick orientation in the Squared Up User Interface, so that you'll know where to find all of the basic features and functionality, including; universal search, drilldowns, performance reporting, Open Access dashboards, application mapping - and much, more more!
Views: 522 Squared Up
v4 Training - High Availability
Join Matthew Long and Adam Kinniburgh as we take you through your High Availability options with Squared Up v4. If you want to sign up for our v4 Training webinar series and join live to get your questions answered, check out the links below. Links ------------------ KB - How to configure High Availability in Squared Up: https://support.squaredup.com/v4/Deployment/HighAvailability/HowToConfigureHighAvailability Request an evaluation: https://squaredup.com/#try-it-now Webinar signup: https://squaredup.com/content/guides/squared-up-40-guide#training
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Webinar: Outside in monitoring for applications
This week Matthew Long and Richard Benwell peel back the curtain and reveal how Squared Up created all those lovely application dashboards and perspectives that we show off in demos every week. The short answer: carefully build and configure distributed applications to ensure they reflect client facing health, whilst including all the objects necessary to provide context and deeper understanding to technical folks. Richard walks us through mapping an application with VADA (something you've probably seen before if you aren't new to Squared Up), and then opens the exported DA inside the SCOM console, in order to reconfigure health rollup. Ideally we don't want the DA to turn red just because a single component is unhealthy - it should reflect user experience, and if the issue isn't impacting user experience or functionality, it's not business downtime. In order to do this, Richard shows us how we can configure synthetic transaction monitoring (for web apps specifically, but SCOM has equivalents for lots of technologies, and you can integrate with tools outside of SCOM to achieve the same effect) and then include that in our DA to make sure only business impacting issues trigger unhealthy states. Squared Up are currently working on product changes to make this easier to configure, and ensure that you get all the best-practices built into your DAs automatically - let us know in the comments or via the usual channels how you use DAs and client-facing monitoring, and what your experiences have been. Links ---------- URL Genie - https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/tysonpaul/2015/05/04/urlgenie-management-pack-for-scom-an-easy-powerful-solution-for-bulk-website-monitoring/ Uptime Robot - https://noalertleftbehind.wordpress.com/2017/06/30/integrate-external-website-monitoring-with-scom-uptimerobot/
Views: 812 Squared Up
Webinar: What's new in SCOM 2019
Join Matthew Long, Richard Benwell and Microsoft Program Manager Aditya Goda as they take a look at what is coming in System Center Operations Manager 2019. Aditya walks us through some of the new features, including Alert notification improvements that make it easier to route alerts to the right people, but also improve the notification they receive. We also get to see changes to the Alert closure workflow that should prevent the long standing issue of operators closing alerts linked to unhealthy monitors. Next Aditya shows us some of the improvements coming in Xplat monitoring and changes in the upcoming version of the Azure MP. Finally we discuss your upgrade options from various versions of SCOM, and Aditya even provides us with a release date! Big thanks to Aditya and the SCOM team for joining the webinar and helping answer attendee questions in chat, and everyone on the webinar for providing your feedback. If you want to take part in the Q&A portion of these Coffee Breaks in future, make sure you sign up to the webinars and don't miss out on getting your questions answered. Links ----------------------------------- SCOM Blog - New Alert closure experience: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/momteam/2019/01/10/new-experience-for-alerts-generated-by-monitors-in-scom-2019/ Blog - What's new in SCOM 2019: https://squaredup.com/content/guides/whats-new-in-scom-2019/ Coffee Break mailing list: https://squaredup.com/webinars/coffee-break-webinar-series
Views: 591 Squared Up
Webinar - Live from Ignite 2018
Join Matthew Long and Richard Benwell live from the expo floor of Microsoft Ignite 2018. The Squared Up team are at Ignite both showing off the awesome things we do at our booth, and attending sessions, so in this Coffee Break we bring you all the latest news and events happening over the first three days of the conference. We briefly discuss the keynote before diving into all the SCOM news coming out of the event. Matthew has attended various SCOM sessions, including "What's new in System Center 2019" - We cover all the details on what we can expect in the next release (scheduled Q1 2019) for not just SCOM, but all the products in the suite. Richard then takes us through the Azure Monitor announcements and changes announced, including some name changes, retooling, and a definitive answer from Microsoft which tools you should use to monitor On-prem and Cloud resources. Apologies for the audio quality this month, as we were recording live from the Expo floor and using the conference WIFI there were some issues in the Webinar. Thanks to everyone who joined live (and in person!) and pushed through the issues - we'll make sure we have independent internet access next time! Sessions Covered: THR2377 - Strategies for migrating infrastructure monitoring from SCOM to Azure Alerts BRK2033 - What's new in System Center 2019 BRK2270 - Full stack monitoring across application, infrastructure and network with Azure Monitor CC119 - Azure Monitor, SCOM & Linux/Unix: Lessons Learned
Views: 285 Squared Up
Webinar: Office 365 Monitoring with NiCE
Join Matthew Long and Adam Kinniburgh from Squared Up, and Christian Heitkamp from NiCE IT Management Solutions GmbH as they discuss monitoring the health of your Office 365 services. Many organisations are now moving to Office 365 in either a hybrid environment (Exchange on premise with Office 365 integration) or full cloud capacity, but Microsoft does not provide much detail on how issues or outages impact your resources specifically. It's not enough to know that globally "Some users or tenants may be affected" - your business needs to know if users are suffering and what proportion are impacted. NiCE have built an amazing outside-in MP that integrates monitoring of Office 365 alongside your existing Exchange and ADFS MPs to provide end-to-end health of your mail, Sharepoint and Onedrive systems. The MP includes lots of user-facing metrics and availability tests such as logon times, download times and mail send times, allowing you to provide service health dashboards to your business using metrics that really matter to them. Check out the links below to get more information on this MP and other offerings from NiCE. Links ------------ Website - NiCE Office 365 MP: https://www.nice.de/nice-active-o365-mp/ Website - NiCE Management packs: https://www.nice.de/management-packs-microsoft-scom/ Webinar - Cross Platform monitoring with NiCE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3FW8Y07a5Q Email - Get involved in the Office 365 MP v2 preview: [email protected]
Views: 266 Squared Up
v4 Training - Availability Monitoring
Join Matthew Long and Ashley Thompson as we take you through configuring Enterprise Application availability monitoring in Squared Up v4. If you want to sign up for our v4 Training webinar series and join live to get your questions answered, check out the links below. Links ------------------ Webinar: Advanced Application Availability Monitoring: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIHO4tb_5c4 Docs - How to create an Enterprise Application: https://support.squaredup.com/v4/Walkthroughs/HowToCreateAnEnterpriseApplication/ Docs - Creating Availability Monitoring test groups: https://support.squaredup.com/v4/Reference/Procedures/HowToCreateAvailabilityTestGroups/ Docs - How to manually set the health of an Application: https://support.squaredup.com/v4/Walkthroughs/HowToManuallySetTheHealthStateOfAnApplication/ Request and evaluation: https://squaredup.com/#try-it-now Webinar Signup: https://squaredup.com/content/guides/squared-up-40-guide#training
Views: 124 Squared Up
Webinar: Coffee Break Series Introduction + HTML Email notifications
Introducing our new 'Coffee Break' webinar series... This new bite-sized webinar series focuses on specific Squared Up features and scenarios. We’ve assigned this series a Level 300 rating due to its technical content. This first Coffee Break Webinar will look at HTML Email notifications for SCOM The script - https://github.com/squaredup/Scripts/blob/master/New-SCOMHtmlNotificationChannel.ps1 A link to docs on Enabling HTML notifications - https://support.squaredup.com/v3/Deployment/Email/HowToEnableHTMLNotifications A link to Kevin Holman's Configuring 2012 notifications - https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/kevinholman/2012/04/27/opsmgr-2012-configure-notifications/
Views: 1414 Squared Up
Webinar: Integrating Splunk
Join Matthew Long and Adam Kinniburgh as they take a look at integrating SCOM monitoring data alongside Splunk event data into a single pane of glass using Squared Up. We've shown the power in previous webinars of combining event information from other tools such as OMS or ServiceNow into Squared up, but in this webinar we look at an on-prem solution in the form of Splunk data. Once again we're using the Squared Up WebAPI tile to connect to Splunk's REST API and pull event search results, both on top level summary dashboards and in-context in the form of perspectives. If this is your first time looking at the Web API integration, make sure you check out some of the webinars in the links below, as they'll go into depth on many of the Squared Up capabilities we skip over here, such as Custom labelling, Grid Designer and Web API providers. Links --------------- Webinar: Web API integration and ServiceNow - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7Si2eExieE Webinar: Custom Labelling - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHziS6DzUUA KB - How to use the Web API tile - https://support.squaredup.com/v3/Walkthroughs/HowToUseTheWebAPITile Splunk REST API documentation - http://dev.splunk.com/restapi Webinar: Introduction to perspectives - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46SAevmaGtk
Views: 1177 Squared Up
How to integrate Squared Up and ServiceNow
In this video Matthew Long and Sam Lord from Squared Up show how you can integrate your SCOM monitoring data and ServiceNow ITSM data into a single pane of glass. First up we create a top level dashboard that shows recent changes and incidents in the environment. Our Web API integration allows Squared Up to display data from any JSON based REST API, so Sam walks us through the ServiceNow documentation and the query options you'll need to create common ITSM queries. Next we look at creating filtered views that show Incident data in the context of specific servers, alongside alert information in SCOM. These Perspectives are like templates - once configured they'll show the relevant data whenever that type of object is viewed in a dashboard. Check out the links below for more information on integrating with ServiceNow, and on our flexible, powerful dashboard architecture. Links ---------- Webinar: WebAPI and integration with ServiceNow https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7Si2eExieE Webinar: Introduction to Perspectives https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46SAevmaGtk
Views: 1031 Squared Up
v4 Training - Upgrade
Join Matthew Long and Adam Kinniburgh as we take you through upgrading Squared Up v3 to the newly released version 4.0 If you want to sign up for our v4 Training webinar series and join live to get your questions answered, check out the links below. Links ------------------ Docs - v4 Upgrade guide: https://support.squaredup.com/v4/Deployment/UpgradingToV4 Download - V4 Upgrade assessment tool: https://download.squaredup.com/tools-scripts/v4-upgrade-assessment-tool/ Request an evaluation: https://squaredup.com/#try-it-now Webinar signup: https://squaredup.com/content/guides/squared-up-40-guide#training
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Webinar: High Availability
This week Matthew Long is joined by Adam Kinniburgh to discuss High Availability options for Squared Up. Monitoring is a key part of Enterprise IT and many organisations have a mandate that such systems must be available 24x7. Squared Up HA features a 'farm' model that allows you to load balance connections between multiple servers, all of which are active and can serve requests, automatically syncing content (such as dashboards) and configuration. Adam walks us through how Squared Up HA works, your options for hosting the file share used to sync content and facilitate communications between nodes, and some of the challenges you may encounter when attempting to load balance Squared Up if you have Windows Authentication enabled. Finally, we take a look at how to enable HA and some troubleshooting steps should you run into problems (hint: it's all about file permissions!). Links ---------- Webinar: Squared Up Licensing - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3C1fY5Eo_c KB: Enabling High Availability in Squared Up - https://support.squaredup.com/v3/Deployment/HighAvailability/HowToConfigureHighAvailability KB: Configuring Kerberos Constrained Delegation with a Loadbalancer - https://support.squaredup.com/v3/Deployment/UsersAndSecurity/HowToConfigureWindowsAuthenticationOnLoadBalancedServers KB: Troubleshooting Kerberos Constrained Delegation - https://support.squaredup.com/v3/Troubleshooting/UserAccess/TroubleshootingKerberos
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Webinar: Wall Dashboards, Sharepoint and more
Join Matthew Long and Richard Benwell as they discuss building and sharing Squared Up dashboards for use in NOC wall monitors, or embedding into other portals (such as Intranet, ITSM or other monitoring tools). We discuss both interactive and non-interactive use cases, and provide some simple tips to keep in mind when designing dashboards for use on a wall monitor. We also look at how your Squared Up authentication mode factors into embedding Squared Up in other tools, and discuss the licence impact of using Open Access versus an interactive session. Finally we look at the display mode options Squared Up provides for hiding the navigation bar and other elements when sharing dashboards, and provide some tips and caveats that may help you overcome issues with embedding Squared Up in other tools. Links ----------- How to publish dashboards with Open Access https://support.squaredup.com/v3/Walkthroughs/HowToPublishDashboardsWithOpenAccess How to use the Web Content tile https://support.squaredup.com/v3/Reference/Tiles/HowToUseTheWebContentTile
Views: 594 Squared Up
Webinar: Providing external access to Squared Up
Join Matthew Long and Adam Kinniburgh as they walk through some of the complexities providing secure access to Squared Up dashboards outside your corporate network, potentially without changing any firewalls or making Squared Up internet facing. Remote users or staff receiving alert notifications via their phone will often require access to Squared Up outside of your internal domain. Putting Squared Up in the DMZ can be tricky given both the somewhat sensitive nature of monitoring data and Squared Up's proximity to SCOM management servers (which typically are not placed in the DMZ) We look at alternate solutions, from modern network appliances (Application Delivery Controllers) that you probably already have in your environment already, to specialised Delivery Platforms that are designed to provide access to internal apps without making firewall changes. In this Coffee break we demo using Microsoft's Azure Active Directory Application Proxy (available on Azure Basic plans and above), which is an extremely simple and powerful way to provide access to Squared Up externally, including via multi-factor authentication. Links -------------------- Blog by Jan Vidar Elven: Publishing Squared Up (2.0) using Azure AD App Proxy - https://gotoguy.blog/2015/09/24/publish-the-squared-up-scom-web-dashboard-with-azure-ad-application-proxy/ Docs: How to provide secure remote access using Azure AD App Proxy - https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/manage-apps/application-proxy
Views: 173 Squared Up
Webinar - Advanced Application Availability Monitoring
Join Matthew Long and Adam Kinniburgh as we take a deep dive on the new Application Availability Monitoring features in Squared Up v4. Enterprise Applications provide a new way of surfacing application health to your IT teams and wider organisation, by tying together the internal health of the application, it's dependencies, and the health of the app from an end user perspective. In this webinar, we'll show you how we at Squared Up use the Availability monitoring feature of EAs to monitor squaredup.com and it's various subdomains. We start out with a quick refresher on the intended Availability monitoring use case, and then dig into what actually happens in SCOM when you configure monitoring from within the Squared Up and save your Enterprise Application. We then take a look at how you can use SCOM Overrides to tweak the behaviour, either extending our out of the box functionality or modifying test behaviour for specific apps or test locations. If you'd like to use the script to override web tests, check out the links below. Finally, we look at a sample use case of using the Custom PowerShell test type to hook into a URL testing service like Pingdom and aggregate the results of it's test into a health state in SCOM. Links ------------------------------- Webinar - Squared Up 4.0 Release video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fB4dA4DFBs KB - What are Enterprise Applications: https://support.squaredup.com/v4/Reference/Features/WhatAreEnterpriseApplications/ KB - How to create an Enterprise Application: https://support.squaredup.com/v4/Walkthroughs/HowToCreateAnEnterpriseApplication KB - How to create Availability Monitoring test groups: https://support.squaredup.com/v4/Reference/Procedures/HowToCreateAvailabilityTestGroups Script - Override-WebTests: https://github.com/squaredup/Scripts/blob/master/Override-WebTests.ps1 MP - SquaredUp.EAM.Library source: https://github.com/squaredup/SquaredUp.EAM.Library
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Webinar: Hybrid Cloud Monitoring (introduction)
Join Matthew Long and Richard Benwell as they kick of the first Coffee Break of 2018 with a discussion of what role SCOM plays when you start to migrate applications to the public cloud? This topic is going to be a focus for Squared Up in 2018 as more and more organisations step up their Public Cloud adoption, either as an initial expansion or part of an ongoing cloud migration. Today we start what will be an ongoing conversation by looking at a fairly typical scenario, which is moving applications to the cloud using IaaS VMs, and how we can monitor those with SCOM. Organisations have a huge investment in existing on-prem infrastructure so typically start with migrating 10-20% of workloads to the cloud, using a lift-and-shift operation. We discuss that regardless of where your applications are hosted, you want to provide your organisation with consistent, high quality monitoring capabilities across all applications, and that your existing investment in SCOM is a key part of that. We also have some demos of some beta tooling that we've built internally, which make it easier to monitor IaaS VMs running in the cloud, and a solution to solve a common challenge with using SCOM in Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment scenarios common with Cloud applications. In order to better gauge where our customers are with their Cloud adoption and collate cloud monitoring experiences, we've created a very short survey which we'd love you to take (see link below). This information will be key to several initiatives within Squared Up and hopefully community efforts that we'd like to champion this year. Links ------------- Hybrid Cloud survey - http://www.squaredup.com/hybrid Azure SCOM MP - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=50013 Amazon AWS MP - http://docs.aws.amazon.com/AWSEC2/latest/WindowsGuide/AWSManagementPack.html
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Webinar: SCOM Asset tagging
Join Matthew Long and Ashley Thompson as they take a look at extending the SCOM CMDB with additional information that may be useful for the management of IT Infrastructure. A common modification you can make to SCOM is to add additional properties to SCOM objects (such as tagging computers with the owner, application it serves or site location). Doing so allows you to create dynamically populating SCOM groups based on those attributes, which can then be used to target overrides, monitoring configuration and of course dashboards. Ash shows us how Squared Up internally have extended SCOM with some registry key tagging, which allows them to create dashboards and perspectives in Squared Up that automatically update as new systems are brought online or decommissioned. The keys can easily be updated via a SCOM task that makes it easy to either manage the life-cycle of a machine (moving a machine between environments) or correct tagging issues (such as someone not following a naming convention!). Check out the links below as Ash has kindly included links he found useful when building this MP, as he was new to both MP authoring and PowerShell scripting. We've also included a copy of the MP on Github as a sample, so you can see under the covers how it all works. Please be aware there is *no* support provided from Squared Up for this - it's just there to get you started in your own endeavours. Links ----------- Sample MP - https://github.com/squaredup/Scripts Blog: MP Authoring - Registry based discovery - https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/babulalghule/2014/11/29/system-center-operations-manager-2012-management-pack-authoring-part-1-registry-based-discovery/ Blog: Dynamic groups - http://www.systemcentercentral.com/opsmgr-20-everything-you-need-to-know-about-dynamic-group-creation-and-performance-examples-examples-examples/ Blog: VSAE template groups - http://www.systemcentercentral.com/vsae-management-pack-template-groups/ Webinar: Introduction to Perspectives - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46SAevmaGtk Webinar: Custom Labelling - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHziS6DzUUA
Views: 379 Squared Up
An introduction to application mapping
Why re-invent the wheel when you've done the hard work already? Our unique Visual Application Disovery & Analysis (VADA) feature utilizes your existing investment in SCOM so there's no need to install any new agents or infrastructure. This short video shows how users of Squared Up can use this feature to map all their enterprise applications and then save these discoveries back into SCOM as a Distributed Application (DA).
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Webinar: Role Based Profiles and Navigation
In this video Matthew Long and Richard Benwell discuss configuring Role-based navigation bars and permissions in Squared Up. First we look at SCOM role-based access and control and how Squared Up honours that for data security, and then contrast that with Squared Up profiles. In our first demo we create a navigation bar entry (containing some dashboards) that is customized to only appear for a specific group of users. We then take a look at various options for empowering users to create their own dashboards, including customizing their own navigation bar, freeing the Squared Up / SCOM Admin from the task of creating hundreds of dashboards for various different teams. Finally we answer some questions from the audience and talk about the next Coffee Break episode, which will be recorded live at the 2017 Midwest Management Summit (https://mmsmoa.com/). Links How to manage User Profiles in Squared Up - https://support.squaredup.com/v3/Walkthroughs/HowToManageUserProfiles Technet : Implementing SCOM RBAC - https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh230728(v=sc.12).aspx Blog : Walkthrough on configuring user rights in SCOM - http://blog.orneling.se/2015/04/user-rights-in-scom/
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Webinar: APM Tool integration
Join Matthew Long and Richard Benwell as they discuss integrating Application Performance Management (APM) tools into your monitoring strategy alongside SCOM and Squared Up. APM tools are a new breed of monitoring tool that take an application-first approach to discovering and monitoring the health of your key line of business apps. As such they differ fundamentally in several ways from traditional infrastructure monitoring tools such as SCOM. First we give an Overview of some key features of APM tools and define what we consider an APM tool - there are a lot of vendors in this space and APM has become quite a diluted term! Next we compare and contrast these tools with SCOM, and discuss if you need one if you have the other. Finally, we show a sneak peek of a feature from the next version of Squared Up, where we can easily integrate with and display Azure Application Insights data on the same dashboard as SCOM data, Log Analytics, ITSM data for a true single pane of glass experience. Links ------------------- Docs: Embedding New Relic charts - https://docs.newrelic.com/docs/using-new-relic/user-interface-functions/share-your-data/embed-charts-external-webpages Webinar: Integrating Splunk - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKn_pE5tQHY Webinar: Integrating Service Now - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYWrgE5fmco
Views: 319 Squared Up
Squared Up v3.4 Release Webinar
Join Richard Benwell, founder and Product Architect at Squared Up, as he takes an in-depth look at all the new features available in Squared Up v3.4.  During this webinar Richard also provides some useful hints and tips on how to best use these features within your own SCOM environment. New features in Squared Up v3.4 include: - The awesome new Donut Tile - Dashboard Export to Excel - New Azure Log Analytics and App Insights Tiles
Views: 600 Squared Up
Introduction to Data on Demand
Take a tour of our Data on Demand feature which leverages the power SCOM Tasks to pull instantly pull on-demand data straight into your dashboards and drilldowns.
Views: 542 Squared Up
v4 Training - Building Enterprise Application Dashboards
Join Matthew Long and Kevin Roast as we look at building dashboards and perspectives on top of Enterprise Applications in Squared Up v4. To do this, we leverage two new features to v4; Matrix tiles and Chained Scope. If you want to sign up for our v4 Training webinar series and join live to get your questions answered, check out the links below. Links ------------------ Docs - How to use the Matrix tile: https://support.squaredup.com/v4/Walkthroughs/Tiles/HowToUseTheMatrixTile/ Download - Enterprise Application Monitoring library MP: https://download.squaredup.com/management-packs/enterpise-application-monitoring-library/ Request an evaluation: https://squaredup.com/#try-it-now Webinar signup: https://squaredup.com/webinars-events/the-40-training-series/
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Introduction to Dashboard Designer
Take a tour of our new Dashboard Designer, exclusively available in Squared Up Version 3.
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Webinar: Cross Platform monitoring with NiCE
This week Matthew Long and Richard Benwell are joined by Christian Heitkamp from NiCE IT Management Solutions GmbH to discuss cross platform monitoring using SCOM. Typically Microsoft focus much of their effort on monitoring the Windows world but SCOM is an effective monitoring system for Unix/Linux, Oracle, DB2 and many other systems with the right configuration and management packs. We discuss some of NiCE's offerings (including a free community log file monitoring MP that greatly extends SCOM's capabilities) and then take a look at a demo of using Squared Up's Visual Application Discovery and Analysis feature (VADA) to see how you can seamlessly map your applications, regardless of their OS platform. We also take a look at the Oracle Dashboard Pack that NiCE built for their Oracle MP, which gives you great monitoring and visualization of your Oracle systems in a couple of clicks. Finally, Christian talks about a new Office 365 tenant monitoring offering coming down the pipe from NiCE that integrates directly into SCOM and OMS. They are currently looking for beta customers so if you have a weird and wonderful environment, NiCE would love to hear from you (see the link below). We also give the live audience a sneak peek of some new Squared Up features, so make sure you attend the live recording if you don't want to miss out in future! NiCE SCOM management packs - http://www.nice.de/management-packs-microsoft-scom Office 365 MP beta signup - mail [email protected] with the subject NiCE Active O365 MP BETA sign up Squared Up KB article on VADA linux permissions - https://support.squaredup.com/v3/Troubleshooting/VADA/TroubleshootingVADA#troubleshooting-visual-application-discovery-and-analysis-vada-discover-mode-errors-discovering-unix-or-linux-machines Kevin Holman - Understanding SCOM Resource Pools - https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/kevinholman/2016/11/21/understanding-scom-resource-pools/ Squared Up Community Dashboard Packs - https://community.squaredup.com/dashboards/
Views: 266 Squared Up
Webinar: Alert Management
This week, Matthew Long and Richard Benwell discuss an age old topic in Systems Center Operations Manager: the difference between Monitors and Alert Rules. We start out by discussing the end user experience of SCOM Alerts, as there is often a disconnect with how people expect SCOM alerts to behave and how monitoring is implemented. We talk about how Alert Rules and Monitors have fundamentally different use cases and should inform behaviour differently. We then dive into Squared Up to show you an indepth look at some of the changes we've made with v3.2 to make it easier to identify rule and monitor alerts, prevent users from accidentally closing monitoring alerts, and health state summaries, which make it much easier to identify why a health state icon is showing as red. Finally, we talk about SCOM Automatic alert resolution, a somewhat hidden feature in SCOM that may be closing alerts without you realising and creating quite the problem in your environment, so make sure you check this out and configure this always-on setting appropriately! Links v3.2 Release Webinar https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHSURe0QrcA Case study with Purdue University https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W94bdatjTOQ Blog: How grooming and auto-resolution work in the SCOM operational database https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/kevinholman/2007/12/13/how-grooming-and-auto-resolution-work-in-the-opsmgr-2007-operational-database/ Blog: Hey SCOM! Automatic Alert Resolution isn't working?! http://thoughtsonopsmgr.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/hey-scom-automatic-alert-resolution.html
Views: 510 Squared Up
Webinar: OMS Integration
*Update* : The Squared Up OMS tile has been superseded by the Azure Log Analytics tile which is available in v3.4 and above. We recommend that you upgrade to the latest version of Squared Up and use the Log Analytics tile. Join Richard Benwell and Matthew Long as we look at integrating OMS data into your Squared Up dashboards alongside your existing SCOM monitoring information. The Squared Up OMS integration pulls data live from the OMS Rest API, requiring no additional storage, agents or pre-existing integration between SCOM and OMS. We show the power of having all of your OMS data in a familiar tool that your users are already using and understand, and even how Squared Up applies SCOM role-based access control and scoping to queries automatically so you don't need to provision users in OMS and can ensure people only have visibility of OMS data they are authorized to see. We also talk some OMS futures and finally give a sneak peek of things to come in the next version of Squared Up, though only for people live on the Coffee Break webinar. If you don't want to miss out make sure you register for future live recordings (link below). Links ------------ Log Analytics Query syntax - https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/log-analytics/log-analytics-log-searches Application Insights Analytics - https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/application-insights/app-insights-analytics How to configure the OMS tile - https://support.squaredup.com/v3/Walkthroughs/Tiles/HowToUseTheOMSTile How to configure the Azure Log Analytics tile - https://support.squaredup.com/v3/Walkthroughs/Tiles/HowToUseTheAzureLogAnalyticsTile Coffee Break webinar signup - https://squaredup.com/coffee-break-series
Views: 684 Squared Up
Webinar: Data On Demand
This week Matthew Long and Wayne Plummer discuss the Data on Demand feature of Squared Up. Data on demand has been around since the launch of Squared Up v3, but with the release of v3.2 and the PowerShell Monitoring MP it's gotten even easier to use and much more powerful. First we take a look at what Data on Demand is, and how you can use the results of SCOM tasks to enrich your dashboards and alert perspectives with up to the minute information which may be key to resolving an issue or understanding application health. The community Data on Demand management pack (which is a free open source MP released by Squared Up) is a great starter here, as it contains many useful tasks for getting data from systems. If it doesn't contain what you need, we then take a look at how you can use the PowerShell Monitoring MP to author your own task from any existing PowerShell script, in just a couple of clicks. We'd also like to encourage the SCOM community to come together and share tasks, as collectively there is a huge body of scripts and tasks that we could all benefit from if we pool our resources. If you haven't ever been on the Community Answers site, make sure you check that out and ask (or better, answer!) questions - there's a link below. Finally if you have some great tasks you'd like to share and the MP authoring knowledge to put them together, check out the GitHub page for our Data on Demand MP and submit it! Links --------- Data on Demand Masterclass Webinar - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36X6WktM76U PowerShell Monitoring MP webinar - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--wOzKU52JE Data on Demand MP - https://download.squaredup.com/#managementpacks Webinar: Custom Labelling - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHziS6DzUUA 3.2 Release Webinar - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHSURe0QrcA Community Answers - https://community.squaredup.com/answers/ GitHub: Data on Demand MP - https://github.com/squaredup/Community.DataOnDemand.MP
Views: 176 Squared Up