Adding SCOM Objects to your List Dashboard

Once you have finished the New List wizard, your List Dashboard will open in the Live Maps Authoring Console. At this point your List is empty. Next is to add objects to the list. This can be done one of 2 different ways.

  • Explicit Membership - Hard coded objects
  • Membership rules - Dynamic rules that all all objects that match the rules to be added. 

Explicit Membership

Explicit Membership means the objects are reference via a GUID in the management pack. There are a couple positives and negatives to this type of membership. Positives  include faster load of dashboards and the ability to reference objects that are in unsealed MPs. Negatives include constant maintenance. It could also take a lot longer to create if there are several objects that need to be added to the list. Typically this is used one one or a few objects are needed for a dashboard. 


Explicit membership objects are added by finding the object in the Components section of the Authoring Console. 

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The different  tabs are used only for your organization.  When searching for a different class object click on the Down arrow 

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This will present you with a list of previously searched or default class objects. You can always click on Custom Type to bring up the Select Class Dialog box from SCOM.  Once you click on the class, you will be shown a listing of objects that match that class. If you have a long list, there is a filter at the bottom that can help isolate the object you are after. 


To add an object, simply click on the object and drag and drop it on your Dashboard. Now one side note, you can find and select child objects. This can be done by clicking on the arrow next to the parent object. This can assist when looking for an object. 


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Membership Rules

Adding objects through membership rules allows your Dashboard to be Dynamic. All Objects are added that match the rule. There are a couple positives and negatives to this type of membership. Positives  include the ability to add several objects through one step. Also as new objects are added to your SCOM environment, they will automatically populate in your dashboard if they match the rule. Same thing is true if objects are removed from your SCOM environment. They will be removed from the dashboard. This allows for an automatically updating Dashboard and virtually maintenance free. Negatives include the fact that we cannot reference classes and objects from unsealed management packs. This process takes a bit more time upfront, but generally makes a better dashboard for the future. 


To add a membership rule, click on the Add button at the bottom. 

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1. Select the class of object. For this example i will select the Windows Server. This can be done by couple different methods. Start typing the name of the class, use the drop down list, or click on the 3 dot button to bring up the select class dialog box. 

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2. Use the Filter Expression to create a rule. The first box allows you to select any of the property values of that class. Second uses a conditional operator like Contains, matches wildcard, doesn't match wildcard,etc. The last box allows you to add the condition. Once you have the expression created, click on Add Expression. 


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3. Once you have your expression, you can click on Show Matches to view what kind of response you will see with that rule. 


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Note: At this state you are not able to remove items from the Matches. The object is to create a rule that best matches the objects you desire. You may need to update the rule or add another expression to the rule to better define the objects. If you add another Expression at this stage it will be treated as an AND statement. 


4. Assuming the matches are good, then click on OK. Now at this sage you can exclude objects by dragging and dropping the objects in the Excluded Members tab/section at the bottom. 


Now you can add another rule to add more objects. Keep in mind that each rule you create will be treated as an OR statement.