In System Center Essentials 2010, the Views node is located under the Management Pack Objects node of the Authoring section. Views are groups of managed objects that have a commonality, which is defined in the view properties. When you select a view, a query is sent to the Essentials 2010 database and the results of the query are displayed in the results pane.
Several views are created by default when Essentials 2010 is installed. For more information about these views, see Global Views. Management Packs also contain views. When a Management Pack is imported, a folder is created in the Monitoring pane. This folder contains the views that are defined in the Management Pack. You cannot change these views, and you cannot add new views to the Management Pack folder. However, you can create a folder in the Monitoring pane and create views that display in your folder.
While views display both in the Monitoring and in the Authoring panes of the Essentials console, they are created in the Monitoring pane. The Authoring pane displays a list of views under the Management Pack Objects node. You can sort this list based on properties of the views. Although you cannot change the properties of a view that is saved to a sealed Management Pack, you can change the display options of a view by using the Personalize View option that displays when any view is right-clicked in the Monitoring pane. After you personalize a view, the changes display each successive time you open the view in the Monitoring pane.
There are several view types, each displaying a different aspect of monitoring data. Each view type has a different icon. When you click New View in the Monitoring pane, the following list of view types displays along with the view type's icon:
- Alert View
- Displays alerts that meet your specific criteria, such as alert severity, resolution state, or alerts that are assigned to you.
- Event View
- Queries the event logs and displays events that are based on criteria specified in the event view properties.
- State View
- Displays relationships between components, computers, and computer groups.
- Performance View
- Customizes how you want to view performance data collected from performance objects and counters. This includes the ability to view historical and current operational data together.
- Diagram View
- Displays a graphical view of a set of managed objects and how they relate to one another.
- Task Status View
- Displays tasks that meet criteria specified in the properties, such as only those tasks that apply to certain object types.
- Web Page View
- Displays a Web page in a separate window in the Essentials console.
- Dashboard View
- Allows you to arrange and view any data that Essentials 2010 is gathering, such as designing a view that shows two different view types side by side in one window.