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New features in Squared Up v2.0

New styling 

We've restyled the navigation bar and page headers to make room for more dashboards and to display more data on your dashboards.

Faster dashboard loading

We've radically redesigned the underlying dashboard architecture in v2, pushing more intelligence into the browser and using asynchronous data loading. You'll find the dashboards load faster and the whole Squared Up experience more responsive than ever.

Dynamic dashboard filters

Dashboards can now be filtered on dynamic properties such as health state and maintenance mode, enabling you to create dashboards that focus on the critical and warning monitored objects.

Single-click dashboard drilldowns

It now takes a single click to drilldown through dashboards to the alert, object health and performance data behind.

Dashboard designer

The v2 dashboard designer is whole new experience for building Ops Mgr dashboards. The new UI has been designed to create new dashboards in seconds, without needing to be a SCOM expert (but don't worry if you are, you still have access to all the underlying data, including the XML dashboard definitions). The dashboards supports alerts, status, maps/backgrounds, performance data, SLAs, external SQL data sources and embedded web content.

Drag and drop across Squared Up

The dashboard designer is fully integrated into the Squared Up web console, enabling you to drag-and-drop from any page onto a dashboard "canvas" to quickly build new dashboards and reports for troubleshooting and analysis.

Simple creation of drilldown dashboards

It's now super-easy to customise the views of each DA and group in your environment. Drilldown to the DA or group, add the data you need to see using the dashboard designer and then publish your new view. Any time a user drills into the DA or group anywhere in Squared Up they're get your new dashboard.

Role-based navigation bar

You can publish different dashboards to different users based on their role.

Hierarchical navigation bar and breadcrumbs

You can now arrange your dashboards into folders within the navigation bar. When drilling down through dashboards, the path of the dashboard within the folders is shown as a breadcrumb, allowing you to easily navigate up and down dashboard hierarchies.

Navigation bar editor

To accompany the new navigation bar we've added an intuitive drag-and-drop editor to help you customise the navigation bar.

Improved Data Warehouse diagnostics

With more emphasis on using your Ops Mgr Data Warehouse we've improved the error reporting within the performance dashboards and introduced a dedicated Data Warehouse diagnostics page.

Faster distributed application lookup

The reverse lookup to display the related distributed applications for alerts and monitored objects has been optimised, and is now loaded in the background to prevent delays viewing essential alert and object information.

Other important changes from v1

Removal of "Group By" options in status dashboards

We've removed the option to group status icons by health state and other properties such as domain and OU. We're working on bringing these options back in a new form in v2.2.

Removal of maintenance mode for Distributed Applications and Groups

We've removed the option to put Distributed Applications (DAs) and groups into maintenance mode. When you drilldown to a DA or group you now get a full v2 dashboard that can be customised for each DA and group. These options will reappear in a new form in v2.2.

Top N charts use hourly data by default

Top N dashboards will now use hourly data points by default. This results is much faster queries and reduces load on the SCOM data warehouse. While suitable for low frequency metrics such as disk space, you may want to switch back to "real-time" data points for metrics such as CPU usage. Note that "real-time" queries should only be used for small scopes, for example fewer than 100 servers.

Auto populated dashboards now appear under the "More" folder

In v1, all dashboards were automatically added to the navigation bar unless you turned off auto-population. These dashboards now appear under the "More" navigation link. If you have turned off auto-population, the "More" link will only appear to Ops Mgr administrators.

Health state icons

All object types now use the standard square health state icon instead of the different icons previously used for DA, group and perspective.

Alert section show more/fewer

The option to expand and contract the alert section ("show more / show fewer") is now built into the dashboard designer as an option.

Self-service custom monitoring and subscriptions disabled by default

The pages that offered creation of custom monitors and alert subscriptions are not visible unless enabled through configuration.

The full screen toggle has been removed

With the new streamlined navigation bar the full screen toggle had less effect. The full screen view can still be accessed using the Create Link option.

.NET Framework 4.5 required

Squared Up takes advantages of new features in .NET Framework 4.5. This version of .NET is shipped with Windows 2012 and will be automatically downloaded and installed on Windows 2008 R2.