4 minute readApplies to: v4

How to create a perspective

In this walkthrough we are going to create a new perspective for an existing Enterprise Application (EA). If you don't have any EAs yet, now would be a good time to create one, alternatively you can create a new perspective for any SCOM object, such as a server.

For more information about perspective settings see What is a perspective?

When creating a perspective you should take care to create your new perspective in the correct location. Search or browse to the object or group for which you want a new perspective, then click on the + button on the perspective ribbon, as described below.

Walkthrough: Creating a perspective

In this walkthrough we are going to create a perspective to show the servers on the map for an Enterprise Application (EA).

  1. In SquaredUp browse to the object you wish to create a perspective for. For example, for an Enterprise Application, browse to Applications > Enterprise Applications and click on one of the EAs at the bottom of the page. As the menu structure is completely customisable this may be different in your environment, so you may prefer to use the search at the top right.
  2. On the perspective ribbon click the plus button to add a new perspective.

    Add A Perspective

    The plus button on the navigation bar allows you to create a dashboard or a folder. To create a perspective you want the plus button on the perspective ribbon.

  3. When you create a new perspective the perspective settings are opened straight away. Give your new perspective a title.
  4. Set the target for the new perspective. If you select this object only then this new perspective will only be shown for the object you are viewing now. If you select all objects then every SCOM object you view in SquaredUp will show this perspective. If you choose members of you can enter a group or class and all objects of that group class will show this perspective. To make this perspective show for all EAs, add the class Enterprise Application (v1) by clicking in the class box and starting to type Enterprise Application (v1) then selecting it from the list.

    Perspective Settings

    If the class is autopopulated with that of the particular EA you are viewing, remove this by clicking on the x, and then add Enterprise Application (v1).

    The perspective target will only show you the groups and classes that the object you have drilled down to is a member of.

    The Suppress this perspective (hide by default) option can be used to hide a perspective from a subset of objects. We won't use this for this walkthrough, but for more information see Suppress this perspective

  5. Close the perspective settings by clicking the cross at the top of the section.
  6. The new tile section is open by default. Click the Matrix tile icon.

    Matrix tile

  7. For an EA you want to scope to the servers that are specified on the EA map by selecting something from the suggestions (SquaredUp 4.2 and above) that shows something similar to the following:

    This /<YourApplicationName> Map / ... / Windows Computer

    The screenshot below shows the scope for the tile set to show all the objects of class Windows Computer on this particular EA's map:

    Perspective Tile Scope Suggestions

    The suggestions allow you to quickly find a relevant scope for your tile, which is more intuitive than navigating the SCOM object model for classes and groups. For more information see Suggestions.

    Next we need to adjust the specified scope to allow it to work for all EAs, rather than just this one.

  8. In the scope section click custom. The custom option shows details of the selected suggestion in custom mode to allow you to edit it further, making it easy to create a scope that wasn't suggested, but is similar to one that was.
  9. Click on the text <YourApplicationName> Map (children) which is your first scope step. This will expand the scope step so you can edit it.

    Edit Scope Step so it works for all EAs

  10. Remove the auto-populated class <YourApplicationName> Map by clicking the cross x next to it.

    Remove the auto-populated class

  11. Start typing Enterprise Application - Map and select this from the list to add this class. This is so that this tile scope will work for all EAs, rather than just this one EA.

    Add the class 'Enterprise Application - Map'

  12. The scope is now configured to show all the Windows computers on the EA's map, whichever EA you happen to be viewing with the perspective.
  13. Click done.

    Finished New Perspective

  14. To make this new perspective available to other users you would click the publish button at the top of the screen.

Using Perspectives with Enterprise Applications

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':

What is a perspective?

How to use the Matrix tile

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