Widgets or dead wood?
With SCOM 2012x new styled dashboards were released as well, based on widgets. Even though these widgets may have a sexy look & feel to them, they aren’t flawless.
Even in SCOM 2012 R2 UR#2 there are still issues like widgets which time out (the underlying SQL queries aren’t ‘spot on’ so the widget times out…), making those same widgets pretty useless in bigger environments.
Where as other widgets don’t allow scoping for a a particular set of data, like the Alert widgets making them far to generic for proper usage by scoped end user groups.
Back to basics?
IMHO the widgets don’t live up to their promises yet, resulting in a quest for SCOM dashboards in the old SCOM 2007x style. These kind of dashboards are actually nothing but an aggregation of other already existing Views in the Console, enabling one to combine different Views to be presented on one single BIG screen.
The SCOM 2012x dashboard wizard won’t allow it…
However, the biggest party crusher here is the wizard which enables you to build dashboards. In SCOM 2012x this wizard won’t allow you to build these old style SCOM 2007x dashboards. Instead you’re forced to use widgets…
In order to enable you to build SCOM 2007x style dashboards, I’ve built in my SCOM 2007 R2 CU#7 environment at home a simple MP containing most of the dashboards in SCOM 2007x style. None of these dashboards contains any view, only the placeholder enabling you to add the required SCOM Views.
The names of the Views are self explanatory. Simply select the dashboard you want to use, right click it, select Copy and paste it into the Unsealed Management Pack / View where you want to use it.
MP can be downloaded from my OneDrive..