SCOM 2012: Some details about the new state and alert widgets

In System Center Operations Manager 2012 (RTM /SP1) Microsoft introduced widgets which can be used in dashboard views. If you are using the new alert and state widgets in a dashboard view then you will see some differences to the old style (2007 R2) alert and state views.

State widget

First of all there is a nice new feature in the state widget that you now can scope it to multiple groups.


After you have created your view you will start to work with it.

Right click on a server in the state widget or check the tasks pane on the right side, then you can see a difference to the old views. The maintenance mode options are missing!


So if you want to set a computer into maintenance mode, then you have to use the “old style” state view for it!

Something else what you cannot see in the state widget are the details (properties) of the computer.

Alert widget

The alert widget still has no option to add multiple classes to it. So nothing changed here. But in standard you have no alert details anymore. You have to enable that explicit. When you configure the properties of the widget select “Enable alert details inline” in the “Specify Display Preferences” section.


It will show some details directly below the alert when you click on it but it has no links anymore to the monitor/rule properties.


You can also recognize changes in the right click drop down menu and the task pane.


What is missing? Multiple things:

  • Maintenance mode options
  • Notification subscription options
  • Overrides
  • View or edit settings of this monitor/rule

So for all of this you need to use the “old style” alert view again!

The problem with all this differences is that you have to think about what you need to provide to your SCOM users and which view/widget will have the required functionality.

The new widgets look nice but with this missing parts you still need to give the users the old style views for some things and which focuses the use of the new widgets into question.

Additional general handling information: If you have grouped columns then you need to double click the grouping to collaps or expand it! In the “old style” alert view only one single click is needed.

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