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What's New in SquaredUp for SCOM

What's New in v4.5

SquaredUp for SCOM v4.5 brings four new major features:

  • Log Analytics visualisations
  • Dark theme
  • Pinning perspectives
  • New Maintenance page for administrators

Log Analytics visualisations

You can now use line graphs and donuts in the Log Analytics tile to provide enhanced visualisations of Azure Monitor Logs, as well as showing log data as either a scalar number or in grid tabular form.

Dark Theme

SCOM joins the dark side in version 4.5 with the arrival of dark theme; users can choose which theme they prefer – light or dark - in their own Personalisation settings.

Pinning Perspectives

Publishing dashboards via Open Access is a great way to share via wall monitors or with users who just want high-level information; now in version 4.5 you can pin Perspectives to specific objects – such as a specific enterprise application - so the resulting Pinned Perspective can be shown on the navigation menu and be shared via Open Access; see Pinned Perspectives for more information.

New Maintenance page

The new administrator’s Maintenance page surfaces important information, such as the latest product updates and high availability details, along with links for remote administration. Administrators can also control the logging level of SquaredUp, thus controlling the log file size, and view and download the latest log files.

Download now & more information

To get started see How to install SquaredUp for SCOM.

You can download the latest version from here and read the Release Notes for details on other improvements in this release.

For a step by step guide on how to update your SquaredUp for SCOM deployment to the latest version see How to upgrade SquaredUp for SCOM.

What's New in v4.4

SquaredUp v4.4 brings three new features and many bug fixes and improvements.

  • New dedicated ServiceNow tile
  • VADA support for SQL 2017 & 2019
  • Improved support in VADA for non-ASP.NET IIS websites and web apps
  • New dashboard pack for version agnostic SQL management packs

The Service Now tile

The new ServiceNow tile introduces a new ServiceNow provider which is much simpler to configure than the generic Web API oauth provider.

The dedicated tile also makes it much quicker and easier to get ServiceNow incidents and change requests displayed in SquaredUp, because the complex configuration is done for you.

In addition to the usual scalar and grid displays, this new tile brings you the popular donut visualisation, allowing you to visualise the number of ServiceNow incidents or change requests and of course drill down to ServiceNow.

For more information see How to use the ServiceNow tile.

VADA support

VADA now supports SQL 2017 & 2019, meaning that component level discovery is now supported for SQL 2005 through to 2019.

We've also added improved support for non-ASP.NET IIS websites and web apps, which you'll see with some new icons that visualise these components during discovery and mapping.

For more information see VADA Discover Mode

Support for new SQL Server management pack

A new dashboard pack offers built-in perspectives for version agnostic SQL MPs. This means SQL instances show default perspectives when you drill down to them, but also data and graphs on VADA maps and in the Matrix tile.

New installations of SquaredUp v4.4 will include this new dashboard pack by default.

For existing SquaredUp installations you can download and import the dashboard pack from system > import dashboard packs within SquaredUp.

For more information see Dashboard Packs

Download now & more information

To get started see How to install SquaredUp for SCOM.

You can download the latest version from here and read the Release Notes for details on other improvements in this release.

For a step by step guide on how to update your SquaredUp for SCOM deployment to the latest version see How to upgrade SquaredUp for SCOM.

What's New in v4.3

We are delighted to announce the availability of SquaredUp v4.3, continuing our approach of bringing you frequent updates to the product. Version 4.2 was released just two months ago, and 4.1 two months before that. Each new release brings bug fixes, quality improvements and in this case some cool new features too.

For a demo of these new features take a look at the webinar 'SquaredUp – v4.3 Release'.

SquaredUp v4.3 brings some great new capabilities in two areas:

  • New Performance Report tile. We have added a new type of Performance tile that enables you to make comparisons. You can either compare different metrics on the same chart, for example to identify correlations, or you can compare a metric with the same metric for a previous period, for example to identify trends or spot divergences from the norm.
  • Extended discovery of Enterprise Applications (EAs) in VADA. When building an EA map with Visual Application Discovery and Analysis (VADA) you can now discover Oracle servers (Linux and Windows), and can discover components through two additional load balancer types - NetScaler and Kemp load balancers.

New Performance Report tile

We have introduced a new Performance Report tile. This is similar to the current line graph tile, but introduces a new concept of 'layers'. A Performance Report tile can have multiple layers, but each layer is added to the same graph – allowing you to show different metrics or different scopes on the same chart – for example you could show memory utilisation with CPU utilisation, or compare connections per second on web servers with CPU utilisation on your database servers. Each layer can also be used to compare metrics with the same metric in a previous period – e.g. last week or last month.

When you configure the tile you are sent to a new full window page to make it easier to add the multiple layers without being in a constrained space. Any changes you make in this page are synchronised back to the dashboard that hosts the tile, but will only be published when you publish that dashboard.

We expect to add more capabilities to this tile over time – for example a separate y axis, the ability to save and export, and potentially additional visualisations such as bar/column chart. We would love to hear from you what improvements you would most like to see next.

Improved VADA mapping

Our VADA technology is at the heart of the EA designer.

In response to requests from partners and customers we have extended its ability to discover application components, specifically:

  • Oracle - if you have installed the SCOM management packs for Oracle provided by NICE, then VADA will discover both Windows and Linux Oracle servers and add them to your application map.
  • Kemp - similar to the capability we added in v4.0 for discovery of components through an F5 load balancer, if you have the SCOM Kemp community management pack installed, VADA will discover components downstream of a Kemp load balancer and let you add them to your application topology.
  • NetScaler - likewise if you are using Citrix NetScaler load balancers, and have the Citrix management pack for SCOM installed, VADA will discover components to add to your network topology through the NetScaler load balancer. There are some restrictions here due to the more limited capabilities of that management pack.

SquaredUp will check for the presence of these management packs, and will enable the associated discovery source to enable automatic VADA discovery. The settings page for EAM lists the possible discovery sources and provides details of where to acquire any missing management packs.

Download now & more information

To get started see How to install SquaredUp for SCOM.

You can download the latest version from here and read the Release Notes for details on other improvements in this release.

For a step by step guide on how to update your SquaredUp for SCOM deployment to the latest version see How to upgrade SquaredUp for SCOM.

What's New in v4.2

SquaredUp v4.2 introduces three new features, as well as a number of bug fixes and quality improvements. For a demo of these new features take a look at the webinar 'SquaredUp – v4.2 Release' (55 mins).

The three new feature improvements in v4.2 are:

  • Web API array support
  • Scoping improvements
  • Perspective hiding

For a demo of these new features take a look at the webinar 'SquaredUp – v4.2 Release' (55 mins):

Web API array support

You can now build more powerful integrations with third party applications by building queries against multiple objects. You can write your own dynamic query strings based on a list of objects from the tile's scope, or add and edit the mustache style example code snippets. You can even use JavaScript to manipulate the SCOM property values being inserted.

Scoping improvement

You can now quickly and easily find a relevant scope for a new tile, rather than trawl through a long list of SCOM object classes and groups. Tile scopes on perspectives now include realtime contextual suggestions based on the current scope's relationships.

Perspective hiding

To make it easier for your users to find the relevant perspective for a dashboard, each perspective now has a suppress (hide by default) option. This presents a simpler, tidier perspective ribbon to users, and if required, users can click the show more button to view suppressed perspectives.

Download now & more information

To get started see How to install SquaredUp for SCOM.

You can download the latest version from here and read the Release Notes for details on other improvements in this release.

For a step by step guide on how to update your SquaredUp for SCOM deployment to the latest version see How to upgrade SquaredUp for SCOM.

What's New in v4.1

SquaredUp v4.1 brings improvements to VADA and licence management, as well as a number of bug fixes and quality improvements.

To see more information on the improvements in version 4.1 see this blog post.

Download now & more information

To get started see How to install SquaredUp for SCOM.

You can download the latest version from here and read the Release Notes for details on other improvements in this release.

For a step by step guide on how to update your SquaredUp for SCOM deployment to the latest version see How to upgrade SquaredUp for SCOM.

What's New in v4.0

SquaredUp v4 is a major new release that brings significant updates to the dashboarding fundamentals, as well as introducing a brand new Enterprise Application model to SCOM. Upgrading to SquaredUp v4 will firstly enable you to deliver a greater array of dashboards to an even wider audience, and secondly deliver a true enterprise application monitoring solution for your organisation.

Dashboarding Fundamentals

New navigation experience

We've updated the navigation bar to offer a more intuitive navigation and authoring experience. See How to edit the navigation bar

Matrix tile

The new Matrix tile supersedes the Dynamic Table tile to bring fully-customisable, data-rich grids to your dashboards. See How to use the Matrix tile

Team Folders

Replacing user profiles, Team Folders enable you to deliver dashboards and delegate control to different teams within your organisation (or to different clients if you are a service provider). See Team Folders

New High Availability (HA) architecture

We have redesigned the HA architecture in SquaredUp v4 to make it simple to configure and support higher volumes of usage. See How to configure high availability

Community Dashboards improvements

A new community.squaredup.com site supports improved product integration, including dashboard pack suggestions tailored to your SCOM environment.

Other dashboard improvements

You'll find many more improvements to our dashboards including:

  • Advanced tile scoping on perspectives
  • New monitor status block tile
  • Faster loading and rendering

Enterprise Applications

Enterprise Application Designer

The new Enterprise Application (EA) Designer enables you to model your applications and save directly to SCOM as a new Enterprise Application class, replacing traditional SCOM distributed applications. Using the new designer, you can configure availability monitoring for your application, map your application using Visual Application Discovery and Analysis (VADA) and model the application's dependencies.

Application availability monitoring

Use the EA Designer to configure URL or TCP based outside-in availability monitoring of your applications, enabling you to surface meaningful application status dashboards and availability reporting to your business. See How to create an Enterprise Application.

Custom PowerShell based availability monitoring

In addition to URL and TCP monitoring, our powerful new custom PowerShell availability monitoring enables you to measure the availability of any application.

Manual availability reporting

Update your business dashboards with accurate availability information and meaningful status messages for your service desk and end users. See How to manually set the health state of an application.

Enterprise Application dashboards and SLA reporting

Out-of-the-box dashboards for Enterprise Applications enable you to rapidly deliver meaningful, end-to-end application monitoring to stakeholders across your organisation, from end-users, through IT teams to business managers and application owners. Where "green" is based on availability tests and actually does mean it's available!

Next-generation VADA mapping

Our Visual Application Discovery and Analysis (VADA) technology is still at the heart of the EA Designer, and has some major new improvements:

  • Component-level discovery: map applications across specific components such as websites, Windows services and SQL databases
  • Windows service discovery: automatically generate the SCOM monitoring for Windows services identified as part of your applications
  • F5 discovery (requires third party MP): discover application topologies across F5 load balancers
  • Large dataset filtering: view and filter network connections in large-scale server applications
  • Updated user experience: intuitive ‘filter-in’ approach to mapping allows you to filter out the noise and focus on the true application dependencies

Node connection monitoring

In addition to mapping out your application, the EA Designer will automatically set up TCP availability monitoring of each of the application components, giving your teams meaningful alerts for fast issue identification.

Download now & more information

To get started see How to install SquaredUp for SCOM.

You can download the latest version from here and read the Release Notes for details on other improvements in this release.

For a step by step guide on how to update your SquaredUp for SCOM deployment to the latest version see How to upgrade SquaredUp for SCOM.

Release Notes

How to install SquaredUp for SCOM

Download the latest version

How to upgrade SquaredUp for SCOM

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