Update: the final Visio 2007 Add-in is now available – these links to the beta are obsolete. See http://blogs.technet.com/b/momteam/archive/2009/07/31/visio-2007-add-in-for-operations-manager-2007-r2-released.aspx.
The Visio Add-in for System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 combines the strengths of two applications widely used in enterprise IT to simplify the creation of customized graphical dashboards showing the health of an environment. Examples of such diagrams include showing objects by geography overlaid on a map, by location in a datacenter or building, by role in a logical view of an application or by topology for complex distributed applications such as Exchange or Active Directory.
The Visio Add-in has the following features:
- Distributed applications exported from System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 (release candidate) as Visio documents automatically show live health state information on the exported objects when opened in Visio.
- You can easily create new Visio documents and link shapes to any managed object (computer, database, web site, perspective etc.) to show the current health state.
- You can automatically link entire existing Visio documents to the computer and network devices managed by Operations Manager by matching computer names or IP addresses.
- Health states can be automatically refreshed in Visio documents. You can use this option along with Visio’s full screen view to create dashboard views suitable for use as a summary display in a datacenter control room.
- Predefined data graphics enable you to toggle from Operations Manager health icons to shape color for health state.
Download the Visio add-in at https://connect.microsoft.com/Downloads/DownloadDetails.aspx?SiteID=446&DownloadID=17995.
(To get access to this release, apply to participate in the “Operations Manager Public Beta” at https://connect.microsoft.com/SelfNomination.aspx?ProgramID=2249&pageType=1&SiteID=446.)
Update (4 May 2009): if you select “Other Class…” and get an empty dialog box (no management packs or classes listed) see the workaround in the attached User Guide.
Check out the attached User Guide for instructions and some sample documents you can make combnining Visio and Operations Manager 2007 R2 and below: