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View an Operations Manager Distributed Application Diagram in Visio

Applies To: Operations Manager 2007 R2

When you export a distributed application from the System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 Operations console and then open it in Microsoft Visio 2007 with the Visio Add-in for Operations Manager 2007 R2, the diagram in the Visio document contains information about the health state of each object. This information is provided through a connection to Operations Manager.

To view a distributed application as a Visio diagram

  1. In the Operations console, open your diagram.

  2. On the toolbar, click the To Visio icon.

  3. Open the folder in which you want to save the diagram, type a file name, and then click Save.

  4. In Visio, open the exported diagram.

    Visio automatically contacts the root management server (RMS).

  5. If you are prompted, type the user credentials for the RMS, and then click OK.

When the diagram opens, the External Data window appears in the lower pane of Visio. This window contains detailed information about the objects in the diagram, including the health state and the last time the object state was refreshed in the diagram.

You can drill into the status of any object by opening the Health Explorer or Alert view in the Operations console. To do this, right-click the object and click Health Explorer or Alert View. Before you can do this, make sure you have configured the address for the Web console. See Configure the Operations Manager Data Source in Visio for more information.

Now that you have the initial diagram in Visio, you can customize it by adding new shapes. You can add links to Operations Manager components by dragging an object from the External Data window to an image or drawing in the diagram. The data is automatically linked to the image.

You can also change the way that the health state data is displayed on an object. Select the object, and then click a data graphic on the right side of Visio.