How to create an Enterprise Application
With Dashboard Server for SCOM v4 we have defined a new type of SCOM object called an Enterprise Application (EA). Enterprise Applications are like regular SCOM Distributed Applications (DAs), but improved, to give you an easy way to model and monitor all of your applications from the point of view of your users.
Enterprise Application Monitoring (EAM) features are available with the Enterprise Application Monitoring (EAM) edition. To upgrade please contact email@example.com.
To create an Enterprise Application (EA) click the + button on the Getting Started dashboard, or from Applications > Enterprise Applications, or click the Create new application button from system > EAM.
First, give your application a name. You can then configure availability tests, map the components or monitor external dependencies. Even if you just use availability tests you can still build accurate application availability dashboards and SLAs. You can even create an EA that simply displays the manually set health status/availability of the application (see How to manually set the health state of an application).
- Availability test (see Enterprise Applications - How to configure an availability test)
- Map (see Enterprise Applications - How to map an Enterprise Application using VADA)
- Dependencies (see Enterprise Applications - Dependencies)
This training video below (30 mins) takes you through configuring Enterprise Application availability monitoring:
1. Availability test
You can create a very basic EA with no availability test, just simply use Report Availability option to manually set the health state of the application.
Adding an availability test to the EA means that the health state will be automatically updated based on the availability test.
See Enterprise Applications - How to configure an availability test and Report availability (see How to manually set the health state of an application).
Saving and viewing the EA
- Click save and check the Management Pack ID.
- Click save. This may take a few minutes as the Enterprise Application (EA) is saved into SCOM.
Click the view dashboard button at the top right of the page. After first saving an EA you will need to wait a few minutes for SCOM to update before the dashboards show anything meaningful.
From here you can:
- Use the report availability button to manually set the health state of an application (see How to manually set the health state of an application)
- View the map perspective to see the application map in VADA Analyze mode (see Visual Application Discovery & Analysis (VADA))
- And much more...
- To return to editing the Enterprise Application click the edit app button.
For more information about creating your own dashboards to show Enterprise Applications take a look at the v4 training video (24 mins) Building Enterprise Application Dashboards.
How do I delete an EA?
In SCOM go to the Administration workspace, then Management Packs > Installed Management Packs and locate or search for your EA, and then right click on it and select Delete.
Who can create, edit and delete EAs?
Only SCOM admins can manage Enterprise Applications.
Can I edit Enterprise Applications in SCOM?
You can update your EAs in Dashboard Server at any time, or by editing the management pack XML and importing/re-importing. EAs are not editable in the SCOM Distributed Application (DA) Designer.
Why can't I save my EA?
The EAM library management pack must be installed in order to save EAs. See How to manage Dashboard Server MP dependencies.
Troubleshooting Enterprise Applications
Availability for an EA is not correct after the SCOM availability test group is changed
A group renamed to EAM_ is not appearing in the test from drop down list
Application mapping or VADA issues
If you are having problems with application mapping see Troubleshooting Visual Application Discovery and Analysis (VADA).