Using the Visio Add-in for Operations Manager 2007 R2

Applies To: Operations Manager 2007 R2

The Visio Add-in for System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 combines the strengths of two applications widely used in enterprise IT to simplify the creation of customized dashboards that show the health of an environment. The Visio Add-in lets you create diagrams that show objects by geography on a map, by location in a data center or building, by role in a logical view of an application, or by topology for complex distributed applications such as Microsoft Exchange Server or technologies such as Active Directory Domain Services.

There are two Add-ins for Visio – one for Visio 2007 and a new Add-in for Visio 2010.

The Visio Add-in has the following features:

  • Distributed applications exported from Operations Manager 2007 R2 as Visio documents automatically show live health state information on the exported objects when opened in Microsoft Office Visio.

  • You can easily create new Visio documents and link shapes to any managed object (such as a computer, database, Web site, or perspective) to show the current health state.

  • You can automatically link entire existing Visio documents to the computer and to network devices managed by Operations Manager by matching computer names or IP addresses.

  • Health states can be automatically refreshed in Visio documents. You can use this option along with Visio’s full-screen view to create dashboard views suitable for use as a summary display in a data center control room.

  • Predefined data graphics enable you to switch from Operations Manager health icons to the shape color for health state.

  • NEW with the Visio 2010 Add-in – Health states can be automatically refreshed in published Visio documents that are hosted in a SharePoint 2010 document libraries, when the Visio Services data provider for System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 is installed and configured on the SharePoint 2010 server farm.

The following topics provide information about how to install, configure, and use the Visio Add-in.