How to Create a Ping Response Report from the OpsLogix Ping Mgmt. Pack


During a recent customer visit, I was asked how they could create a report that showed their monitored systems ping status. Since the customer already had OpsLogix installed, the easiest solution looked to be creating a report based on data points that were already being gathered.

If you’re looking to create your own ping report, or just learn a little more about how reporting in SCOM 2012 R2 works, I hope the information below proves useful.

 

Requirement: Before beginning, ensure that the OpsLogix Ping Mgmt. Pack is installed and configured for Host(s) and Target(s)

 

Ready, set, go!

 

Open the SCOM 2012 R2 – Operations Manager Console

Go to: Reports wunderbar > Microsoft Generic Report Library > Performance

report template

Double-click to open the Performance report template

Select the Change button

Select the New Chart button

Add a Chart Title (for this example “Ping Response Time“)

Select the New Series button

Modify the appearance, if desired

new chart

Under the objects section, select the Add Object button

Select the Options button

Select the Add button

Under Class Name: Contains type (type) Target Host

Select the Search button

Under the Available items cell, select Target Host and Add button

Click OK and OK again to go back to the Add Object dialog box

filter object

Note that it now shows “Filter Options have been applied

Enter an object search work, or simply leave blank and select the Search button

Select one target from the list and add to Selected objects

*If you do not see target hosts available, go back to the Monitoring wunderbar and confirm that they have been added per the OpsLogix documentation

Click OK

add object

Go to Rule and click Browse

Under Search By Rule Name, type: ping

Select Name=Ping Response Time

Object=Target Host

Click OK

Select Specific instances radio button and chose the associated object check box

Click OK

add rule

Back on the main PerformanceOperations Manager – Report – Mgmt. Group dialog box…

Update the From date to Yesterday and click Run

Example Performance and Performance Detail Reports:

line graph    detailed graph

If desired, add additional Targets to the report by repeating the above for each target

Show the Parameter Area

parameter area

Select Change

Select New Series

Adjust the appearance, if desired

Add the Target Host class filter, per above

Add the Target Object, per above

Add the Rule, per above

Click OK

Now there are 2 target systems in the report

rerun report

If desired, add additional Targets to the report by repeating the above for each

Re-run the Report

add objects

The report can be modified to show a Histogram and/or 3D Chart

histogram    3d chart

Once completed with building the report save it in a custom Mgmt. Pack

save to mp

Note: It’s recommended to adopt a standard naming convention to any custom reports to allow for quick view into default and custom reporting

name mp    complete mp

Once saved to a custom Mgmt. Pack, the report can be opened from there and also found on the SQL Server Reporting Services link (SCOM default = htt://%reportservername%/reports)

view in report wunderbar    view in report manager subfolder

Happy Ping Reporting!

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