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Our Community Dashboard site allows you to download ready-made dashboards and import them straight into Squared Up to show your data instantly.
Community Dashboards cover the whole array of sealed Management Packs available for SCOM, from Microsoft’s own MPs, through to vendor management packs (Veeam, NiCE, OpsLogix etc) as well as the large number of community-contributed MPs. Contributors submit their template dashboards, we validate them and make them available to the community via https://community.squaredup.com, a rich, searchable online repository.
Just download the dashboard you like from https://community.squaredup.com/
And import it into Squared Up by clicking 'import dashboard' from the right hand menu.
Of course you can then edit the dashboard in any way you want.
How do I download and import a dashboard?
How do I submit a dashboard?
Are the dashboards verified / moderated?
Yes, dashboards are verified before they’re made publicly available, by Squared Up moderators together with our special Community Moderator, Tao Yang, MVP.
Is there any charge for Community Dashboards?
No. Community Dashboards is not a Store or a Marketplace and there are no charges associated with dashboard templates. The templates have been submitted by other community-minded folk who have made the dashboards freely available to the rest of the community.
Can dashboards be submitted for any Management Pack?
Dashboard templates can be for any sealed Management Pack that’s publically available. That might be a Microsoft MP, a community-contributed MP, or a MP developed by a third-party vendor like Veeam, OpsLogix or NiCE. So, unless the Management Pack is custom / unique to your organisation, then hopefully you’ll be able to find a template dashboard available on the site. And, if you can’t find the dashboard you’re looking for, why not build one and submit the template back to the community?
Can there be multiple dashboards for the same Management Pack?
Yes, absolutely. For example, there may be a SharePoint dashboard that shows just Status and Alert information, and a separate dashboard that shows detailed Performance data for key SharePoint metrics. Equally, there may be multiple similar dashboards available for the same MP, meaning you can select the one that best meets your needs.
Submitting Dashboards FAQs
Will any of my private data be exposed?
No, the Export from Squared Up doesn’t inherently contain any private data specific to your environment. However, you may want to ensure that there’s no private information available in any images or Visio SVGs used within your dashboards (for example, your company logo) or in the dashboard titles or sub-titles (for example, ‘Walmart SharePoint 2013 – California Datacenter’). In preview mode, you’ll need to either create a new dashboard without this private information in it or manually edit the XML to take out any private information contained in dashboard titles / sub-titles. We’d suggest that the best procedure would be to; Clone your original dashboard, remove or re-title any private information, then 'export' and 'upload'.
Do I need to send any accompanying information?
When you Export your dashboard from Squared Up, we automatically create a ZIP file that contains the dashboard XML together with any required resources (for example, a specific image used by the Image Plugin) and also a manifest file containing additional relevant information, in order to make life as simple and straightforward as possible. All we need in addition to this is for you to send us screenshots of the dashboard so it’s easy for users to see in advance of downloading what the dashboard contains. The manifest file contains the following information about the Management Pack(s) required by the dashboard; Version / ID / Name / Friendly Name / Display Name / Description
Are there any restrictions on which Squared Up plugins I can use in my dashboard templates?
Yes. The SQL plugin and iframe (aka. web content) plugin are not supported for security reasons. You are able to use the Visio plugin within your dashboard template but bear in mind that, for dashboard templates, this will only work correctly with Management Pack IDs (ie. Singleton Classes - https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee957039.aspx)
Do I need to be an expert in the Management Pack in order to contribute?
No, absolutely not. Our priority at the moment is to get breadth of coverage for the huge array of sealed MPs out there and then, over time, collectively hone the quality of the templates as we’re able to bring more and more specialist experts into the community fold. So, don’t worry if you’re not a huge expert in the individual details of some the Management Packs you’re running, if you’re able to submit even a fairly basic dashboard template it’s still going to be a great start.
Will dashboards containing SLA sections work correctly?
Good question. When exporting a dashboard with an SLA section, the ID that’s pulled for the SLO required will be unique to that environment and meaningless in anyone else’s. Happily, Squared Up can still import that dashboard in a different environment and create the SLA section(s) required. You will then need to simply edit the SLA section to select the appropriate SLO from your SCOM environment. You can see an example of that here: https://squaredup.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/ImportingSLAs2.gif
Which Management Packs can I use?
Dashboard templates can be for any sealed Management Pack that’s publically available. That might be a Microsoft MP, a community-contributed MP, or a MP developed by a third-party vendor like Veeam, OpsLogix or NiCE. So, unless the Management Pack is custom / unique to your organisation, then hopefully you’ll be able to find a template dashboard available on the site. And, if you can’t find the dashboard you’re looking for, why not build one and submit the template back to the community? However, dashboards based on information coming from custom Management Packs, unique to your environment, unfortunately will not be suitable for submitting to the community.
Editing and using Community dashboards
Do the dashboards have any rating so I can easily see which are the most popular?
This functionality isn’t present within the Preview launch of Community Dashboards. However, the full version of the Community Dashboards experience will include the ability for user to give feedback on the dashboards they upload and this feedback will result in each dashboard being given a community Rating.
What will happen if I don't have the required Management Packs?
If you don’t have the management packs used by the dashboards within your SCOM environment already, the dashboard xml will import but the dashboard will not display correctly. All dashboard entries available from Community Dashboards will have a list of MP dependencies, so you’ll be able to easily see this in advance.
What will happen if I don't have the required Squared Up plugins?
If the dashboard uses Squared Up plugins that are not present within your environment, any dashboard sections based on those plugins will display an error. All dashboard entries available from Community Dashboards will have a list of plugin dependencies, so you’ll be able to easily see this in advance and all Squared Up plugins are available from download.squaredup.com/plugins/
Do I need to edit a dashboard once I have imported it?
Sometimes, not always, but you may like to!
If you have a lot of servers in your environment, you may need to change the page scope to a group with fewer servers. See How to use the page scope
If a Community Dashboard requires extra plugins, such as the KPI plugin or SQL plugin, you can download them from download.squaredup.com/plugins/
For assistance with editing and creating dashboards see The Dashboard Designer - The Quick Start Guide