Usually it makes sense to say what we can do with a web based version of a console. With the new OpsMgr 2012 RC web console it makes more sense to me to say what it doesn’t do! Let me explain why. [Please note this blog entry is about the RC version of OpsMgr 2012 so changes may occur between now and the RTM release]

The new Silverlight console looks like the full Operations Manager console. It displays the new dashboard functionality and really provides a solid user experience. My impression is that this will provide a solid user experience which will replace the requirement to use the full Operations Manager console in many situations.

So… What doesn’t the OpsMgr 2012 Web Console do that the full OpsMgr 2012 console does?

Panes: Only the Monitoring and My Workspace panes are available in the web console.

The OpsMgr console provides the following panes: Monitoring, Authoring, Reporting, Administration, My Workspace.

OpsMgr Console

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The web console provides only the Monitoring and My Workspace options. This makes sense as the goal of the web based version of the console is not to provide authoring or administration. Reporting however would be a nice feature to have available but this can be worked around by directly accessing the SQL Reporting Services web site.

OpsMgr Web Console

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Alerts: By default, the OpsMgr 2012 web console does not show informational alerts – see http://thoughtsonopsmgr.blogspot.com/2009/02/scom-webconsole-doesnt-show.html. Now the web.config file is stored in: C:\Program Files\System Center Operations Manager 2012\WebConsole\MonitoringView but there does not appear to be an option to allow informational alerts.

OpsMgr Console

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OpsMgr Web Console

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Tasks: You cannot run tasks that require elevated access in the Web console. Task credentials are available to be passed when using the OpsMgr full console:

OpsMgr Console

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But not when running the same task from the OpsMgr web console:

OpsMgr Web Console

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Views: You do not have the options to show, hide, personalize, or create views in the Web console, although you can create a dashboard view in My Workspace in the Web console. The example below shows how the full console responds when right-clicking on an existing view or changing personalizing a view via the tasks.

OpsMgr Console

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Versus the web console where a right-click on the view does not provide options and there is no personalize view option available on the tasks pane.

OpsMgr Web Console

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Subscriptions: The OpsMgr console can create subscriptions in the Monitoring pane but the OpsMgr Web console does not have this ability.

OpsMgr Console

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But subscriptions cannot be created in the web version of the console.

OpsMgr Web Console

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Health Explorer: The Health Explorer in OpsMgr scopes to showing only unhealthy monitors which does not occur in the web console.

OpsMgr Console

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OpsMgr Web Console

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Events: The OpsMgr 2012 web console does not display event views.

OpsMgr Console

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OpsMgr Web Console

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Summary: The OpsMgr web console has made some significant advancements in usability and should work well for many situations where the OpsMgr full console was previously required. However there are some areas that are not included in the web console which need to be considered.

Hopefully there are ways to make changes to the default configuration so that we can see events and informational alerts. If you know of ways to do this please reply to this blog post!

Blog References:

From: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh230724.aspx

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From SCC regarding the OpsMgr 2007 Web console: http://www.systemcentercentral.com/Forums/tabid/60/categoryid/4/indexid/86927/Default.aspx

“In the Web console, only Monitoring and My Workspace are available…

There are a few differences between the Operations console and Web console that you should be aware of:

  • There are minor differences in sort. For example, in the Web console, when you sort alerts, only the alerts visible on the page are sorted rather than all alerts.
  • Fewer alerts display per page in the Web console.
  • You cannot run tasks that require elevated access in the Web console.
  • You do not have the options to show, hide, personalize, or create views in the Web console, although you can create a dashboard view in My Workspace in the Web console.
  • There are no subscription options in the Web console.”