Today we’ve released two new features that customers have been asking us about – monitoring for OneDrive for Business and Power BI. These are just the latest set of services in an ever increasing stable of monitored features and services from Office365Mon. Let’s take a quick look at each.
OneDrive for Business
Office365Mon has actually been able to monitor OneDrive for Business since our first release over two years ago. However, many customers weren’t really aware of that and didn’t realize that when you configure monitoring for SharePoint Online, you could just tell it to go monitor a OneDrive site. What we’ve done is to break OneDrive out as a separate monitored item on your Office365Mon subscription. This gets you a couple of things – first, now you can monitor both a SharePoint Online site and a OneDrive site with the same subscription. Second, it also allows us to give you a more granular breakdown of both performance and availability with your SharePoint Online tenant. For example, here’s a report with the average performance across all Office365Mon customers for the primary Office 365 Services:
As you can see with the yellow bar, now you can see what performance is like just on OneDrive sites vs. SharePoint Online sites from all of our customers. Of course, you’ll also be able to see what performance is like just for your tenant in OneDrive. We think breaking OneDrive out in this way will give you an even deeper view into the health and performance of your tenant, which is a great thing.
Power BI in Office 365
The second feature we added is brand new, and something that we’ve heard customers ask us about for a while now. Power BI is increasingly becoming a critical part of the toolset that customers are using, so of course it’s important to know how well it’s performing and when it goes down. Our new monitoring for Power BI does all of that, just as you’ve come to expect from Office365Mon. The configuration of Power BI monitoring is drop dead simple, which is also something you’ve come to expect from us. You literally click a single button – that’s it – as shown in this screenshot below:
Once you’ve enabled it, health probes begin a minute or two later; can’t get much easier than that! Once we start collecting the data, details on performance and availability of Power BI show up in all of the same reports that you’ve already been using. For example, here’s a screenshot of the recent health probes report, showing you the performance of your monitored resources:
As you can see, you get the performance of your individual resources that are being monitored – including both Power BI and OneDrive – and that is overlaid on top of a bar chart with the overall numbers from all Office365Mon customers with the average performance for Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, OneDrive and Power BI. Our goal is always to show you as much relevant data as possible and then give you the opportunity to drill down and filter as best suits your requirements. Also, like all of our reports, you can add this to your own corporate intranet for anyone you want to be able to see, by using our Dashboard Reports feature. Meanwhile, should Power BI go down, you can also take comfort in the fact that you’ll get all of the same notifications from us as you do today for all of your other monitored services. Power BI is just another one of “the team” now, and is monitored just like all of the other features and services we’re keeping an eye on for you.
Try it Out
Both the OneDrive and Power BI monitoring features are available for you to try out now. All existing Office365Mon customers as well as all new customers will have access to these features for 90 days. New customers can go create an Office365Mon subscription at https://www.office365mon.com. No payment information is required up front, and if you choose not to use it there’s nothing you need to do – after 90 days we just stop monitoring stuff for you.
For all Office365Mon paid subscriptions, we will continue to monitor OneDrive for you. Power BI monitoring requires the Enterprise Platinum license. If you have that, monitoring Power BI will continue for you; if you don’t have that license, you can upgrade to it at any time by going to our Payments page at https://www.office365mon.com/Products/Payments.
As always, thanks again for the many terrific suggestions you all have provided. We’re always looking for ways in which we can do a better job meeting your needs, and the best way to do that is for you to let us know what’s important to you. Office365Mon really has a wide range of monitoring features now, so I hope if you haven’t tried it yet, or maybe if it’s been a while since you’ve looked at it, you’ll come by and take it out for a spin for 90 days. We think you’ll find that it’s well worth the 2 minutes of your time to get things set up and going.
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