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Squared Up comes with an In-GUI Dashboard Designer to enable you to create your own custom dashboards within minutes, or edit Community Dashboards you have downloaded.

By default, only SCOM administrators have permissions to manage dashboards in Squared Up. You can extend these permissions to other users in order to allow them to manage their own dashboards, as described in Dashboard designer permissions.


This video gives a short introduction to creating your own dashboards:


Using the Dashboard Designer

1. Click on the + in the top navigation bar to create a new dashboard.

2. Give your dashboard a title by overwriting the title 'Quick view'. You can also give the section a name by overwriting 'new section'.

3. In the Type section choose which type of section you would like to create.


Alerts - a list similar to the SCOM Active Alerts
Status  - show the health state of objects
Performance - show bar charts, graphs and sparklines.
Image - add health state icons to any image, for example a map.
Visio - create amazing custom dashboard visualisations simply by hooking up your Visio diagrams to SCOM object IDs.
SQL Query - enrich your dashboards with data from external databases.
Web Content - use the iframe plugin to embed external web content and custom HTML into your dashboard. 
KPI - show key performance indicators - such as CPU, memory and disk - for your servers in a single display.


4. Click 'done'

Configuring the remainder of the section depends which section type you chose. For more information on configuring the different types of section see the articles below:

Alerts - How to configure the Alerts plugin

Status - How to configure the Status plugin

Performance - How to configure the Performance plugin

SLA - How to configure the SLA plugin

Image - How to configure the Image plugin (map plugin)

Visio - How to configure the Visio plugin

SQL Query - How to configure the SQL plugin
Web Content - How to configure the Web Content plugin (IFrame plugin) 

KPI - How to configure the KPI plugin

See also How to set the scope using the dashboard designer.


5. When you're happy with your dashboard click Publish, to delete the draft file click discard.

If you have made changes to an already published dashboard it will show that there have been changes since it was last published saying 'unpublished changes'. You can either click publish to make your changes live, or click discard to throw away your changes, leaving the existing published dashboard as it is. 

6. Click on 'navigation bar' and tick 'add link to navigation bar'.

See How to create menus and submenus on the navigation bar for more information.


If you would like this dashboard to become the default page that users get when drilling down from another object, click on Drilldown.  See How to set up dashboard drilldowns


To specify your own file name, just click on the URL section and type in a new filename:



See How to create menus and submenus on the navigation bar for more information.

7. Click 'Publish' at the bottom. Once the dashboard is published it is available to everyone, or the users allocated that menu. Draft articles can only been seen by you.

The Dashboard Designer buttons

Dashboard Edit Buttons

See Dashboard lifecycle diagram for more detail.

Export - export the dashboard so it can be sent to Squared Up as a Community Dashboard.

Clone - create a copy of the dashboard so you can create many dashboards with similar layouts, often used by changing the 'page scope' for each cloned dashboard. See How to Clone a dashboard

Add split - After clicking the split button you can click in a section to create columns, and then drag the line into position. See How to create columns on a dashboard by adding splits

Set page scope - this is where you can define a scope (a set of SCOM objects) to use for all sections on the page.  See How to use the page scope 


Dashboard Publish Buttons

Unpublished - shows that this is a draft dashboard that has not been published before.

Unpublished changes - means that although this dashboard is published, changes have been made which have not been published.


Publish - Choose where on the navigation bar to link to this dashboard, or allocate this dashboard to a menu for a specific group of users.

Discard - Deletes the draft copy. You will now see the original published version. This action is not reversible.


Publish Settings



Navigation bar - ticking 'add link to navigation bar' allows you to choose where on the navigation bar you want this dashboard to be visible. See How to create menus and submenus on the navigation bar.

Drilldown - Allows you to set this dashboard to become the default page that users get when drilling down from another object.  See How to set up dashboard drilldowns

URL - To specify your own file name, just click on the URL section and type in a new filename.

Open AccessOpen Access dashboards are non-interactive, that do not require authentication and do not consume user licenses. When users view an Open Access dashboard they see an image of the dashboard that updates every minute. See Open Access Dashboards.

Link Sharing

The 'link sharing' button allows you to generate an Open Access URL to share with users. Open Access dashboards are non-interactive dashboards, that do not require authentication and do not consume user licenses. See Open Access Dashboards.

Dashboard Edit Buttons for published dashboards

For published dashboards 'settings', 'unpublish' and 'delete' options become available after clicking on Edit:

Settings - shows you the 'Publish' settings as seen before.

Unpublish - removes the dashboard from general view, and from the navigation bar. See How to create menus and submenus on the navigation bar

Delete - deletes the dashboard completely including the xml file.

Adding and Editing Dashboard Sections

Add a section - use the orange + buttons on the page to add further sections, for example a new Alerts or Status section:


Delete - will remove that section from the dashboard.

Duplicate - will make a copy of that section, which you can edit as required, to create several similar sections.

Gear 'Show further options' - to edit a section click on the gear button.

Laying out a dashboard

Having added sections and splits to the dashboard it is useful to know that you can move sections within the dashboard, by clicking and dragging the gear / settings button

 to place the section in another location.


See also:

Community Dashboards

How to set up dashboard drilldowns

Dragging a Performance Graph onto a dashboard

How to create menus and submenus on the navigation bar

How to find the CounterName for a Performance section

How to locate the dashboard XML files