Ok, so you've used SquaredUp in your test environment, and are now looking to deploy it into your production environment. So what do you need to think about?
I've got a previous version of SquaredUp, can I upgrade to the latest version?
For upgrades to the next major version, such as v4 to v5, or v3 to v4, the installer will default to installing side-by-side to your previous instance, see:
Upgrades to a minor version, such as v4.6.0 to v4.8.1, or v5.0 to v5.0.1, see:
If you are using multiple SquaredUp servers using high availability (HA) with a load balancer see Upgrading SquaredUp when using high availability.
What do I need to consider regarding server sizing, scalability and performance?
SquaredUp can be installed on any server, such as your SCOM server, SCOM web server (alongside the SCOM web console) or on a single dedicated server. There are no minimum requirements for installation, but as we often get asked for guidelines, you'll find some useful information in the following articles:
How do I install SquaredUp for SCOM?
How do I configure SquaredUp to use a domain service account?
By default SquaredUp uses the Network Service account, but if you prefer to use a domain service account see How to check and modify the application pool identity
How do I configure Windows authentication?
SquaredUp is installed with Forms authentication enabled, but if you'd prefer the browser to automatically authenticate the user with their Windows credentials you can easily enable Windows authentication with our config tool, see Choosing how users will authenticate.
How do I configure a load balancer and high availability?
For using Windows authentication with HA, web farm or a load balancer setup you'll need to configure Kerberos and SPNs, but fear not we've written comprehensive instructions here:
How do I automatically redirect users to the /SquaredUp virtual directory?
If you want users to be able to access SquaredUp using just the server name (such as
http://scomdashboards) then you'll need to set up a redirect. For instructions on how this can be done see IIS Rewrite - How to Configure a Redirect
How do I manage named users?
What network configuration do I need?
You shouldn't need to configure any new firewall rules, but for more information about the ports required by SquaredUp please see, Which ports do I need to open in my Firewall?
What changes do I need to make to my SCOM environment?
SquaredUp has very little impact on your SCOM environment, but depending on your set up you may find these articles useful:
- To show performance graphs, SquaredUp connects to the SCOM Data Warehouse using its IIS application pool identity - How to configure the Data Warehouse connection
- Configure Company Knowledge management packs - Change where company knowledge is saved
- Link to SquaredUp from your email notifications by editing the SMTP channels - How to configure email notifications
- Open Access allows users to view a version of the dashboard with simplified interactivity. Open Access dashboards do not require authentication and do not consume Named User licences -
Open Access Dashboards
- Enterprise Applications are saved to SCOM - What are Enterprise Applications?
Do I need any antivirus rules set up?
Yes, see How to add AV exclusions
How do I backup SquaredUp?
How easy is it to upgrade SquaredUp for SCOM to the latest version?
If you're using high availability read this first: Upgrading SquaredUp when using high availability
Is there anything else that should be covered here? Please let us know, we're always looking for feedback about how you've set up SquaredUp in your environment, so please do drop us a line at SquaredUp Support with any suggestions or queries.