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Set the scope for the whole page

Page scope makes dashboard creation even faster by allowing you to define a scope for the entire page. New dashboard sections automatically inherit the page scope making it much easier to create rich, complex dashboards.

In previous versions, each dashboard section had to be individually scoped to a set of SCOM objects (a list of objects, a group of objects or an advanced scoping criteria). Using the new page scope you can now define the scope once, globally for the entire dashboard, which all new sections on the page will inherit.

For more information see How to use the page scope

Put Groups and DAs into maintenance mode

As well as making it easier to create new dashboards, Squared Up also uses the page scope to show health state and maintenance mode information for the SCOM object or group that the page represents. So for example, if you create a dashboard and scope it to a Distributed Application (DA), the dashboard will show the health state of the DA in dashboard title and allow you to put the DA into maintenance mode directly from the dashboard.

Clone a dashboard

Combining the new 'page scope' with dashboard 'clone' functionality dashboard authors can rapidly create many dashboards with similar layouts.

Group and sort objects in Status sections

Dashboard authors can choose to group or sort status items by any property, so they can more easily find items of interest and understand relationships. For example, group items by health state, or group disks by hostname.

Customise object labels in Status sections

Dashboard authors can customise the labels of objects in status sections, so that the object names are easier to read and recognise, and they fit on the screen.

Updated page design

Dashboard and drilldown pages have a clean new layout that makes it easy to see the status of objects and take actions.

At the top right of the page, you find the standard page menu, for example the dashboard page menu:

Appearing next to the page title is a new status area. Status labels and associated actions appear depending on the state of the page and/or object being viewed. For example, if a server is in maintenance mode, a "maintenance mode" label appears with update and disable actions:

Scope shows data for nested groups (objects in sub-groups)

The scope will now support 'recursive' level searches for objects, so it will look at multiple-levels of membership rather than just one level of membership and show objects that aren't directly contained in a group, but are contained within other objects in the group. This means you can now use top-level groups to show graph data for objects within sub-groups, by specifying a group AND a class in the Advanced Scope.

The Web Content (IFrame), KPI and SQL plugins must be updated to the latest versions in order to work with 2.2

See also:

What's new in v2.0

Release Notes