General, Misc

SCOM+ Veeam MP+ Squared Up = awesome dashboards

In my day to day job I use SCOM, among other tools, as part of our monitoring suite, and let’s be honest SCOM dashboards can be at times :-

  1. Basic in metrics being reported on, particularly when it comes to VMware/Hyper-V monitoring.
  2. Very slow, sometimes downright unusable.

Enhancing SCOM monitoring

To address the 1st issue, we have been using Veeam Management Pack (https://www.veeam.com/system-center-management-pack-vmware-hyperv.html) to bolster the monitoring of our environments.

The Veeam MP has a multitude of really usefully metrics/dashboards available ‘out of the box’ : –

VMware

 

Hyper-V

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Including a handy ‘Morning Coffee Dashboard‘, to give you that quick overview of your estate, which includes CPU/Memory and Storage usage as standard :-

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You can also point the MP at your Veeam Back and Replication estate, to help monitor the state backups, backup servers, proxies etc

Veeam Backup and Replication
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Speedy Dashboards

Now while Veeam has done a fantastic job of compiling these metrics/dashboards/reports, SCOM does a pretty poor job of display these in a timely fashion. 

This is where SquaredUp (https://squaredup.com/) comes into its own. SquaredUp provides HTML5 dashboards of your collected SCOM data, accessible from any browser with no need to log into SCOM console or extra agents to install.

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Using the same data collected by the Veeam MP, you can quickly present you relevant data in one convenient dashboard. 

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You can find my dashboard on the SquaredUp Community site https://community.squaredup.com/browse/download-info/vmware-capacity/ 

 

Veeam MP marketing have a slide where they talk about Veeam MP and SCOM ‘Better together

 

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But I’m going to  dispute that ….

 

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In the next couple of blog posts, I’ll go into more detail of both the Veeam MP (setup/installation etc) ,  SquaredUp (creating dashboards etc) and show you how to bring them both together.

Stay tuned 🙂

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