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Open Access enables easy sharing of static dashboards throughout your organization. Open Access dashboards are non-interactive, 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.


Open Access dashboards are non-interactive, which means that users can't click on anything to drill down or get more information. You can choose to use the Squared Up navigation bar to give easy access to a range of Open Access dashboards, or simply give users an individual Open Access dashboard URL without the navigation bar.


Before Open Access came along you would have needed an anonymous access instance in combination with read-only dashboards to achieve this functionality, but with Open Access this is as simple as checking a box.


When Open Access is enabled, normal dashboards can still be accessed on the normal URL and will work as you'd expect, but individual dashboards can be made Open Access and then accessed from a distinct Open Access URL.


Open Access dashboards are only available with the Enterprise Starter Pack and above (or a trial licence), on Squared Up v2.3 onwards.  Download the latest version of Squared Up here.

How to to enable Open Access for the site

See How to set up permissions to enable Open Access for the site

How to make a dashboard available for Open Access

See How to make a dashboard available for Open Access

How to disable Open Access for individual dashboards

See How to disable Open Access for individual dashboards

How to give other users permissions to publish Open Access dashboards

By default only SCOM administrators are able to make dashboards available for Open Access, but you can give other users this permission by adding permissions to the user's profile.

See How to give users permissions to create, edit and publish dashboards (dashboard designer permissions)


FAQs

Why do I see "You do not have the required permissions or your current licence does not include Open Access"?

1. You may see this message if you are not licensed for Open Access. The Enterprise Starter pack or above is required for this feature. If you are trialing Squared Up and see this message please contact us (all features should be present on a trial licence, regardless of the user limit).

2. If the user seeing this message is not a SCOM administrator you will need to give them permissions to publish Open Access dashboards by adding <Permission>publish-oa-view</Permission> to the user's profile. See How to give users permissions to create, edit and publish dashboards (dashboard designer permissions)

How can I best design a dashboards for Open Access?

As Open Access users will not be able to hover or drill down for more information you may wish to design your dashboards slightly differently with Open Access in mind:

Consider adding a key to a performance graph:  See How to configure the Performance plugin


Iframes are not supported with Open Access, because in many cases they do not work. Slow webpages will show as blank in Open Access. Webpages requiring authentication will not work on an Open Access page because Open Access does not use any authentication.


Will my anonymous access server still work?

Yes, enabling Open Access will not affect your anonymous access server and those dashboards will continue to work. Over time we recommend moving to Open Access as this provides improved scalability and security for your users. 


Do I still need read-only dashboards?

Open Access offers similar functionality to read-only dashboards, in that user licences are not consumed and dashboards are non-interactive.  The benefit of Open Access dashboards is that users are not prompted to login, and so there is no need to set up an additional Squared Up instance. Open Access also offers improved scalability and security.

Can I set a different refresh interval for my Open Access dashboards?

By default Open Access dashboards use the same refresh rate as normal dashboards, refreshing every 60 seconds, and the last updated time can be seen top right of the Open Access dashboard.  If required, Open Access dashboards can be given a different the refresh rate.  See Change the dashboard refresh interval.


See also:

Troubleshooting Open Access

How to give users permissions to create, edit and publish dashboards (dashboard designer permissions)

How to enable Open Access for the site

How to make a dashboard available for Open Access

How to disable Open Access for individual dashboards

The Dashboard Designer - The Quick Start Guide

Change the dashboard refresh interval

How to configure the Performance plugin

How to configure the Web Content (Iframe) plugin