Application Performance Monitoring – Does not show the server name of the application

When I was configuring Application Performance Monitoring (APM) for a client I noticed that in the .NET APM Wizard in Operations Manager it is not possible to determine on which server a certain component is installed. This is because the wizard does not show the full application path of the server where the application is running.

Step three in the wizard, “What to Monitor”, enables the user to add an application component. When the available items are displayed, it is impossible to determine on which server these components are installed. The application path does not show the server name of the application, see figure 1.

In case a client has a test and production environment and the application name is the same for both environments this could be a problem. In fact, it is not possible to determine on which server the application is running. After an application component is selected it still has to be checked if the correct one is selected as this does not become clear from the selection options presented. The full path name will only become visible via the Overall Component Health View, which is presenting the server name of the application. I can imagine people want to see this kind of information already during the configuration in the wizard.

Figure 1. Object Search wizard APM Components.

I also posted this issue on Microsoft Connect. Please vote!
https://connect.microsoft.com/WindowsServer/feedback/details/1136224/operations-manager-apm-wizard-does-not-show-the-full-server-path-of-an-application

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