Recently, I was contacted by Squared Up and asked if I would do a review of their product. Since I’ve reviewed other third-part products in the past, of course I would be willing to review this one.
For reference, although not SCOM-based, here are some other products that I have reviewed:
- ITQ’s End User Portal for System Center Orchestrator
- SCSM 2012 Dashboard by Signature Consultancy
- SMTrak Enterprise Dashboard by Signature Consultancy
- Advanced Portal for SCSM 2012 by CodeCraft-Solutions
- SCSM Dashboard by Expit Ensight
- SCUtils Knowledge Base For SCSM 2012
So let’s get started. This series will cover the Squared Up HTML 5 Dashboard and Web Console.
- Squared Up’s HTML5 Dashboards & Web Console for SCOM – Part 1: Introduction
- Squared Up’s HTML5 Dashboards & Web Console for SCOM – Part 2: Prerequisites
- Squared Up’s HTML5 Dashboards & Web Console for SCOM – Part 3: Installation
- Squared Up’s HTML5 Dashboards & Web Console for SCOM – Part 4: Activation
- Squared Up’s HTML5 Dashboards & Web Console for SCOM – Part 5: Configure the SCOM Data Warehouse
- Squared Up’s HTML5 Dashboards & Web Console for SCOM – Part 6: Customize Dashboards
Configure The SCOM Data Warehouse Connection/Permissions
In order to have the System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) performance metrics be able to appear in the Squared Up dashboards, graphs, charts, etc. the product needs to connect to the SCOM Data Warehouse.
The product uses its IIS App Pool identity to establish the connection to the Data Warehouse. By default, this will be the “Network Service” account. Therefore, we need to grant this account the permissions required, as follows.
Either on the SCOM Data Warehouse server, or from an Administrative workstation, launch SQL Server Management Studio and connect to the SCOM DW SQL server.
Note: Ensure that you are connecting to the SQL Server with an account that has SysAdmin privileges, in order to have sufficient rights to create/grant access to other accounts.
Expand Security > Logins directory, and right-click on the Logins directory and choose New Login.
In the Login Name text box enter one of the following:
- If you’ve installed Squared Up on the same server as the Data Warehouse: NT AUTHORITY\NETWORK SERVICE
- If you’ve installed Squared Up on a different server: DOMAIN\SERVERNAME$
In my example, I installed it on a separate dedicated server, so I used the ServerName$ option.
Then click OK.
Note if you encounter the following error message, ensure that you include Domain\ as part of the Login Name entry.
After the account as been added under Security > Logins, navigate to Databases > OperationsManagerDW > Security > Users, and right-click on the Users directory and choose New User.
On the Database User – New dialog, enter the same name used for the Login Name field previously for bot the User Name and Login Name fields.. For example, in my case I used “Domain\ServerName$”.
Next, in the same dialog, navigate to the Membership section. Ensure that the ‘OpsMgrReader‘ checkbox is selected, then click OK.
You can now close the Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio.
To confirm the configuration is working, check that the Performance views are able to display data.
Next let’s cover our last part, Part 6: Customize Dashboards.