04 May 2016 how to – intermediate Klaas Hulder 3 min read
Live Maps: Integration with Microsoft SharePoint
A lot has changed since we introduced how-to integrate Live Maps into Microsoft SharePoint. We now have a new HTML5 web portal that has more advanced direct link possibilities.
In this blog article we will describe two integration scenarios. First, you can share read-only versions of specific Live Maps dashboards on certain SharePoint pages together with other content from your organization. A second scenario is that you can provide the full Live Maps web portal within a defined security context. This way non-SCOM users can browse for SCOM data with the security context tailored as needed.
As an example for this blog article, we will integrate content from Live Maps into our Office 365 Sites environment. But don’t worry, the way of doing this is very similar in an on-premises version of Microsoft SharePoint.
To get going, you will need to start the Live Maps web portal and open the Live Maps view or dashboard that needs to be integratedon one of the SharePoint Sites. After you have opened the correct view in the Live Maps Portal click on the link button
Live Maps Portal showing a CIO Dashboard
In the Generate Static URL dialog you can configure what the user of the link is allowed to do and which credentials needs to be used for this link.
In case of sharing a read-only version of this CIO Dashboard, make sure the two checkboxes are checked. This will guarantee that the user of this link can only see this dashboard and cannot navigate away. This is handled by a secured session on the IIS server.
After pressing the ‘Generate URL’ button, the navigation settings plus credentials are encrypted using a strong encryption mechanism that can only be decrypted on the same machine it was encrypted on.
Having done that, you will have to open the SharePoint page you want to share this CIO Dashboard on. Press the edit button and insert a new Page Viewer Web Part.
Insert a new Web Part
In the tool pane you can add the URL you just generated in the Live Maps Portal, a title and maybe some other settings that ensures the CIO Dashboard is perfectly integrated in your SharePoint site.
Tool pane in SharePoint
After that you have a live CIO Dashboard on your own SharePoint Site.
Live Maps CIO Dashboard integrated in Microsoft SharePoint.
The only difference if you want to share a fully working Live Maps web portal, is to open and share the main page and uncheck both checkboxes in the Generate Static URL dialog, like shown below.
Share fully working Live Maps Web Portal.
As you can see it is very easy to share Live Maps content in Microsoft SharePoint or any other company portal.
If you have questions regarding this blog, you can contact us firstname.lastname@example.org and if you want to try out Live Maps in your own environment, just press the big red button below.
About: Klaas Hulder
Lead Developer- Savision
Klaas is Savision’s first employee. He has been working for Savision since it was founded by Dennis Rietvink and Douwe van de Voort in late 2006. At the moment he is leading the development team responsible for the development of Live Maps. He has over 17 years of software development experience working for banks, utility and telecom companies at EDS.
Klaas studied Information and Communication Technology in the Netherlands.