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Use an Operations Manager-Enabled Visio Document as a Dashboard

Applies To: Operations Manager 2007 R2

A Microsoft Office Visio document that has been enabled to show live health state makes a great dashboard in the data center. To do this, enable the document to automatically refresh the health state and to then display the document in full-screen mode without the Visio menus.

You can also open the Health Explorer or Alert view from the dashboard view. This enables you to quickly investigate any changes to status or health.

You can also use VBA code to create a slideshow view of multiple dashboards. For information on how to configure this function, see Visio Slide Show.

To use a Visio document as an unattended dashboard

  1. Open the Visio document, click Operations Manager, and then click Configure Data Source.

  2. Select Automatically refresh data, and then specify the refresh interval at which the health state for all the shapes will be obtained from Operations Manager. This setting is saved with the Visio document.

  3. Click OK.

  4. Open the document on the dashboard, click View, and then click Full Screen. Press ESC to exit full-screen mode.

To open the Health Explorer or Alert view

  1. In the dashboard view of your diagram, click a shape.

  2. Click either Health Explorer or Alert View.

The Operations console opens to the view that you chose. You can now drill into the state information for the object to investigate further.

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