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Getting Started with Microsoft System Center Operations Manager by Kevin Greene

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Impressing your boss with the Topology Widget

One of the most underestimated dashboard widgets in OpsMgr is the Topology Widget. This is the one widget that I deploy in every customer engagement I work on. Dashboards created with it are generally the ones that make the most impact for end users and senior management when we display them on a big screen.

Firstly, don't be fooled by its name. You would be forgiven for thinking that this dashboard was some kind of add-on for Active Directory or a similar service that requires topology mapping but actually, you should think of this as your blank canvas for creativity!

Essentially this widget enables you to upload a background image (which can be in *.png, *.bmp or *.jpg format) and then add any monitored ...

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