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Who can log on to Squared Up?

Squared Up adheres to SCOM Role Based Access Control (RBAC), meaning any SCOM user can log on to Squared Up with their normal windows logon and password. For you this will be your SCOM admin account, but users with other roles - such as Read-Only Operator, Operator, Advanced Operator and Author - may also log on to Squared Up.


To see which users have which SCOM user role, and to add users to a SCOM user role see How to check and edit SCOM User Roles


When you first log on to Squared Up to run through the Setup and configure the data warehouse connection you should log on as a user who is a SCOM Admin AND a SQL sysadmin user. See How to make a user a SQL sysadmin user

How does my Squared Up Licence affect how many users can log on? What are named users?

Whilst any SCOM user can log on to Squared Up, the number of users is restricted by the number of licences (Named Users) you have purchased from Squared Up. If for example you have purchased 10 licences, the first 10 users to log on will get entered into the users.xml file as Named Users and will consume licences accordingly. However, you can also edit the usernames in users.xml to specify which 10 users you wish to be able to logon to Squared Up. See Managing Named Users (Licensing)


While trialling Squared Up, the Evaluation licence provides you with unlimited logons (ie. users are not recorded or restricted by the users.xml file), but the users must still be SCOM users in order to authenticate.


Named Users Licences - Full-interactive use

Users who log on to the normal Squared Up URL http://<servername>/SquaredUp as a fully interactive user, are able to drill down to further information, edit company knowledge, respond to alerts etc, as much as their SCOM role allows, see below.  These users will each consume one of the Named User licences that you have purchased.

How do SCOM roles and permissions affect what they can do in Squared Up?

Squared Up adheres to the role-based access control (RBAC) within SCOM. A SCOM user accessing Squared Up will automatically be restricted to only what their SCOM permissions / RBAC allows them to see. For more information see How do SCOM roles and permissions affect what they can do in Squared Up?

Editing Company Knowledge

You may want your Squared Up users (SCOM Operators or Advanced Operators) to be able to edit Company Knowledge without having to give them the full SCOM Authors role and, if so, please see How to allow SCOM Operators to edit Company Knowledge

Who can author Squared Up dashboards?

From a Squared Up licensing perspective, any user with a Named User licence has the ability to create / edit dashboards.

However, by default, only SCOM administrators are given permissions to manage dashboards in Squared Up.

If you do wish to extend this capability to non-administrators, dashboard designer permissions can be easily extended to other users.  See How to give users permissions to create, edit and publish dashboards (dashboard designer permissions)

Static Non-Interactive Dashboards

Open Access

When publishing a dashboard simply tick ‘enable open access’ and both SCOM and non-SCOM users can have access to a static non-interactive image of the dashboard which updates every minute. The benefit of Open Access is that there is no need to set up an additional Squared Up instance, users are not prompted to login, it does not consume user licenses and it is highly scalable. You can choose to create an Open Access navigation bar or just give access to the randomised URL.  For more information see Open Access Dashboards


Read-only access and Anonymous Access Server (superseded by Open Access)

Users who browse read-only dashboards do not consume a named user licence.  When accessing read-only dashboards, users cannot click on anything to get more information or drilldown to the underlying data.  Users can either log on and browse read-only URLS on your normal Squared Up server http://<servername>/SquaredUpv2/grid/readonly/, or you might have set up an anonymous access server, meaning that users don't need to log on in order to access read-only dashboards, i.e. http://<anonymous_access_server>/SquaredUpv2/grid/readonly/

Can the same user access Squared Up from more than one device?

A user can roam across devices, but cannot connect from more than one device simultaneously.  A user can have Squared Up open in several browser tabs on the same device at the same time, but cannot access Squared Up from multiple different browsers at the same time.


See also:

An overview of Squared Up Licensing

Squared Up and the SDK user limit

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How to check and edit SCOM User Roles