Hello fellow community,

attached please find a sample MP that contains some examples on how to implement the new PowerShell widgets that are introduced in UR2 of System Center 2012 R2 - Operations Manager. Once the MP attached is imported you can check out four sample  dashboards that demonstrate the functionality of these brand new widgets (see official Product Group announcement here)

1. Operations Manager Survival Guide Reader

2. System Center Operations Manager Management Pack List

  • Displays a list of all SCOM Management Packs available.

3. System Center: Operations Manager Engineering Feed

  • Simple RSS-reader that demonstrates the value of the PowerShell Web Browser Widget.

4. Windows Computer Dashboard

  • A simple dashboard view that displays the health state of your Windows Computer inventory.


Here are some of my lessons learned on IT-pro dashboard authoring:

  • Encourage effective use of IT-pro Dashboards. Dasboards can deliver quick wins for IT organizations and valuable insights for business decision makers.

  • Pay caution on too many contextual widgets because things are event-driven because a dashboard must speak clearly and immediately.
  • The average response time of a widget will improve if there are not many “costly” contextual widgets that may also query data poorly as well.

  • There may be timing issues so you need to navigate to a different dashboard then back the see the dashboard data correctly.

  • It’s not easy to access the error exception dialog within a web browser widget yet.

  • On context object change for a contextual widget item all remaining context widget get refreshed. This could be suppressed in a custom dashboard.


To learn more about dashboard authoring for System Center Operations Manager please refer to the TechNet Wiki that provides great documentation on each widget that is available to be included in an Operations Manager dashboard.

Happy Dashboard authoring!