12 November 2015 blogs MVP Marius Sandbu 3 min read
Microsoft has been slowly moving away from using Silverlight based and traditional Windows Framework consoles. Just last week, Microsoft announced that they were releasing an HTML5-based self-service console for Service Manager and for Configuration Manager as well. But for Operations Manager, nothing has changed. Luckily Savision, a Microsoft Gold partner, has been doing a lot of work with the new release of their solution, Live Maps.
NOTE: This blogpost is based on a preview of the upcoming release of Live Maps, some things may have changed after it was fully released.
The setup was pretty straight forward, and was done within 10 minutes. It basically creates a new IIS website where users need to authenticate against to be allowed access to. This can either be setup using forms-based authentication or using Windows-based authentication.
The preview of Live Maps includes a fully featured HTML5-based console, which allows us to go into our different dashboards. We can see computer health and different monitors. We can also go into the different services which we have created using the Live Maps authoring console.
Live Maps Console.
For instance, I can open health explorer for a specific computer and see what objects are monitored as well as the state of these monitors. This gives us the same overview that we have from within the OpsMgr console.
As I mentioned, I can also view my different Services that were created in the Live Maps authoring console, which gives a clear view on how the SLA and health is for a particular service. So, as from previous Live Maps releases, we can create different components and define if they are part of the end-user stack, application stack, or part of the infrastructure.
The SLA feature also allows us to sort between the different components of the service to view the individual SLA.
Within the services view, we can also do drill-down into the different components of a service. This gives us insight into what is actually monitored from a service perspective.
Application Components (Infrastructure).
Health Explorer (Healthy Objects).
We can also start tasks directly from the web console, either using the wrench icon when browsing onto a computer object, or right-clicking on an object. This allows for easier troubleshooting access for the help-desk as well without giving them access to the OpsMgr console, but still allowing them to perform tasks with ease.
Service Map (Infrastructure).
Now, moving forward with using HTML5, this will allow for a much better overview and access into Operations Manager. For instance, from a help-desk perspective, they need to have a clear insight on how the end-users services are behaving. Using Silverlight limits the kind of Operating Systems they can have and it also has its limitations on how we can customize the UI for an end-user accessing the portal. Also the HTML5 portal is a lot faster to use instead of the “heavy” traditional MMC based console; this might be the way that Operations Manager should work.