Environments which have SharePoint available gain several benefits from using SharePoint together with Operations Manager. The following is my Top-5 list of these benefits.

Benefit #5: Using SharePoint as a process repository

SharePoint document libraries provide an excellent way to store documents within document libraries which can easily be searched using the built-in SharePoint functionality. One of the ways this is beneficial is to store process, procedure and standards documentation for OpsMgr in a SharePoint document library and then to create a link to the document library which is available within both the OpsMgr Console and the OpsMgr Web console.  Using this approach makes it easier for OpsMgr administrators and operators to easily access documentation required on a daily basis such as naming for overrides, triage procedures, and more.

An example of how to use SharePoint as a process repository in OpsMgr is documented at: https://www.catapultsystems.com/cfuller/archive/2012/08/08/quicktricks-integrating-sharepoint-as-your-process-and-standards-repository-for-opsmgr-scom-sysctr-sharepoint.aspx.

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SharePoint document libraries can easily store documents which are accessible via a web page that can also easily be integrated into Operations Manager.

Benefit #4: Using SharePoint as an internal knowledge repository

SharePoint document libraries provide an excellent way to store documents within document libraries which can easily be searched using the built-in SharePoint functionality. One of the ways this is beneficial is to store knowledgebase articles for OpsMgr in a SharePoint document library which can then be searched when an alert occurs in OpsMgr.  Using this approach makes it easier for OpsMgr administrators and operators to access internal knowledge for how to tune, escalate and

An example of how to use SharePoint as a knowledgebase for OpsMgr is documented at: https://www.catapultsystems.com/cfuller/archive/2012/07/30/using-sharepoint-as-your-knowledge-repository-for-opsmgr-scom-sysctr-sharepoint.aspx.

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SharePoint’s document library provide a useful benefit by storing alert resolution information which can be searched through the built-in SharePoint search functionality.

Benefit #3: Displaying state-enabled OpsMgr diagrams with Visio Services

Operations Manager can use Visio Services functionality in SharePoint enterprise edition to provide state-enabled dashboards.

The download for OpsMgr 2012 is available at: http://visio.microsoft.com/en-us/Samples_and_Downloads/Software_Add-ins/Pages/Visio-2010-Add-in-for-System-Center-2012.aspx

Installation/configuration for this feature is available at: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh920821.aspx

Documents are created in Visio and linked to OpsMgr entities to display health state. The file is then saved as a vdw file which is uploaded to SharePoint. The vdw file is displayed as a webpage using Visio Services.

The figure below shows an example of how a distributed application can be displayed using Visio web documents stored in SharePoint:

The fire below shows an example of how a NOC view can be displayed using Visio web documents stored in SharePoint:

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SharePoint’s Visio services provides a way to create web pages which contain Visio content that can be linked to the Health state of objects in Operations Manager to provide views such as network diagrams, distributed applications or Network Operation Center views.

Benefit #2: Displaying OpsMgr dashboard widgets in SharePoint

Operations Manager 2012 provides built-in dashboard functionality which is built on a framework which uses a variety of widgets (including the Alert widget, State widget, Details widget, Instance Details widget, Performance widget, Objects by Performance widget). These dashboards are available in the Operations Manager console and are also web-accessible through the OpsMgr web console.

The web part for OpsMgr 2012 dashboards is part of a solution file (Microsoft.EnterpriseManagement.SharePointIntegration.wsp) which is available on the OpsMgr installation media in the Setup\amd64\SharePoint folder. To deploy the web part, you run a script named install-OperationsManager-DashboardViewer.ps1 located in the same folder.

Installation/Configuration information is available at: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh212924.aspx.

There are several pre-built OpsMgr dashboards which are available and more are being written by Microsoft and the community. The following two graphics show examples of the community written VMM dashboard pack (https://www.catapultsystems.com/cfuller/archive/2012/07/13/free-system-center-2012-virtual-machine-manager-dashboards-pack-available-sysctr-opsmgr-scvmm.aspx).

The built-in dashboard functionality in OpsMgr is extremely powerful and when widgets are added into SharePoint there is increased flexibility to design web sites with OpsMgr information and more.

Additional readings on OpsMgr dashboards are available at: http://www.windowsitpro.com/article/system-center/dashboards-operations-manager-2012-141491.

Benefit #1: Monitoring SharePoint 2010 with OpsMgr

The primary benefit to using OpsMgr and SharePoint 2010 together is to monitor the health, performance and configuration of SharePoint 2010 using the SharePoint 2010 management pack (as well as other related management packs such as the SQL monitoring management pack).

Using OpsMgr to monitor SharePoint 2010 provides significant insights into the SharePoint environment, and graphical representation of the health of SharePoint such as in the figure below.

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The download for OpsMgr 2007 R2/2012 is available at: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=4419 (this includes the management pack guides which provide installation/configuration information)

Additional installation/configuration information for this management pack is available at: http://www.systemcentercentral.com/BlogDetails/tabid/143/IndexID/82994/Default.aspx, http://blogs.technet.com/b/operationsmgr/archive/2011/03/10/tips-on-using-the-sharepoint-2010-management-pack-for-opsmgr-2007.aspx, and https://www.catapultsystems.com/jcowan/archive/2012/07/10/how-to-importing-the-sharepoint-2010-mp-for-scom-2012.aspx.

SharePoint and OpsMgr can definitely be combed to provide a “better-together” solution. If you have OpsMgr and SharePoint and haven’t tried some of the benefits listed above check them out in your environment!

Special thanks to Ryan Boswell and Jonathan Cowan for their help gathering one of the pieces of this blog post!