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1 Service Manager for MSPs Travis Wright Senior Program Manager Lead Microsoft Corporation

2 Overview Service Manager is not specifically designed for Managed Service Providers (MSPs) However…. You can make it work depending on your requirements how much effort you want to put into it

3 What is an MSP? An MSP is an organization who provides a service to many different customers MSPs are typically one company providing the service to other customer companies The same principles often apply to one organization inside a company providing a service to other customer organizations inside the same company

4 Common Requirements Separate access to view/edit data by customer Allow customers to access their data over an untrusted network connection (i.e. Internet) Allow non-AD users access Keep track of assets and work items by customer MSPs want to be able to manage data across customers

5 Terminology & Concepts

6 CI Groups Groups can be heterogeneous or homogenous collections of CIs Groups are used for: Security boundaries, report parameters, notification subscription criteria and view criteria Groups can be dynamic, static, or both Dynamic example: All computers where domain property contains 'Redmond' Static example: twrightlaptop.redmond.microsoft.com Groups can contain groups Any CI can be a member of multiple groups

7 Queues Conceptually queues are work item groups A given queue contains work items of only one class – Incident, Change Request, or Problem Queues are used for: Security boundaries, view criteria, notification subscription criteria and report parameters A queue has dynamic membership criteria only Example: All incidents where Classification = Office Applications and Priority < 3

8 Lists A List is a set of defined values from which the user must select You can create new Lists or edit Lists provided out of the box Lists can be hierarchical or flat Class: Computer, Property: Location List Values: United States Washington State Seattle Europe Dublin Groups/Queues can be created using these property values as dynamic criteria 'All Seattle Computers' group is defined as all computers where Location = Seattle Any given property of a class can have a data type of enum When a property is of enum data type it must be bound to a List

9 User Roles Operations are the actions that can be taken Scopes define boundaries within which users have permission to perform operations. Scope types are: Group [Security], Queue [Security] and Class/Property [Security] Task [Presentation] and View [Presentation] User Role Profile – define available set of operations End User, Read Only Operator, Operator, Advanced Operator, Author, Administrator User Role = User Role Profile + Scope Example: Tier 1 Operators user role is defined as Operator user role profile + global CI group scope, Tier 1 incidents queue scope AD Users or User Groups are assigned to User Roles, a user can be a member of more than one user role

10 Reports Base Reports are reports with lots of parameters Example: Incident Report has parameters like: Created Date Last Modified Date Priority Etc. Linked Reports are Base Reports with some parameter values pre-defined Example: 'Incidents Created This Week' is a linked report which uses the Incident Report base report and sets the parameter Created Date to ThisWeek()

11 Management Group A management group is the term we use to describe a single installation of Service Manager A management group consists of: Configuration Management Database (CMDB) 1 or more 'Management Servers' API Layer (called 'SDK Service') Workflow Host Web sites Linking/Connector Framework Data Warehouse SQL Reporting Services Server These components can be installed on the same server or separate servers

12 Deployed Architecture

13 MSP Scenario #1 We have multiple customers but they dont need to interact with Service Manager at all. Customers initiate new incidents over the phone or . We simply need a way to tag an incident, change request, CI, etc. to a particular customer Views and reports should be filterable, sortable by customer

14 MSP Scenario #1 Solution Create a new List for Customers Add a new enum data type Customer property to classes like Computer, CI, Incident, Change Request, etc. and bind it to the Customers list Add the Customer property to the appropriate forms using the Form Designer tool (to be provided in future) Use this new Customer property to filter and sort in views and reports Optionally create queues and groups based on the Customer property

15 MSP Scenario #2 Same as Scenario #1 but we need to send reports to our customer

16 MSP Scenario #2 Solution Do everything in Scenario #1 Solution Create a Linked Report for each customer where you set the Customer parameter to a particular customer Set up a schedule to automatically generate the report and put it on a SharePoint site, file share, or it to your customer in.pdf,.xlsx, or.html format

17 MSP Scenario #3 We want end users at our customers sites to be able to use the self-service portal

18 MSP Scenario #3 Solution Set up permissions Give each customer an AD user account to log in with Put each customer user account in an AD user group Put that AD user group in at least one user role (not the End User user role) Trusted Connection (VPN) Users must VPN into your network

19 MSP Scenario #4 We want people at our customers site to be able to view (not create or edit) their own work items, CIs, etc. We want keep the data separated by customer so that customers only see their own data We want to be able to see combined views of all customers data

20 MSP Scenario #4 Solution Do the same as Scenario #1 solution Create CI groups which logically represent each customers CIs Create queues which logically represent each customers WIs Create views for each customer using the groups and queues as criteria Create user roles based on Operator user role profile for each customer and scope them to the groups and queues and grant them only the views corresponding to them

21 MSP Scenario #4 Challenges List Items cannot be scoped Dont put sensitive information in list item values that customers can see Report data is not scoped at all Dont put customer users in a user role based on the Report User profile No web console in plans right now This solution requires a trusted connection (VPN) + AD user account since the main console is required for this

22 MSP Scenario #5 Not only do we want users to be able to view CIs and WIs we want them to be able to edit, and create new ones We want our customers to have more control and allow them to manage their own List Items, Queues, Groups, User Roles, Templates, etc. We still want to have a cross-customer view

23 MSP Scenario #5 Solution Create one management group per customer Use VMs to reduce hardware costs Use a central DW for all management groups to consolidate data into one place

24 Scenario #5 Challenges No web console in plans right now This solution requires a trusted connection (VPN) + AD user account since the main console is required No real time views across management groups Only near-real time reports from the DW can show you cross-management group data No ability to see/edit/create CIs/WIs in multiple management groups from a single place Only up to 5 source management groups are supported for each data warehouse

25 Scenario #6 We use SCE to manage our customers sites. We want to bring the alerts and inventory data from SCE into Service Manager. We have a top-tier SCCM site in the same network as Service Manager that manages computers at customer sites over the Internet

26 Scenario #6 Solution Use Remote Operation Manager to consolidate data from multiple SCE installations into a single, central Ops Mgr Connect Svc Mgr to the Ops Mgr installation Connect Svc Mgr to the top tier SCCM site

27 Conclusion There are many different variations on the six scenarios There is a lot of flexibility in the Service Manager product, but there are some impassable problems which may limit what you can do without extra effort/cost Service Manager v1 is not specifically designed for MSPs, but… we want to work with you to see what we can do to help you meet your requirements in the future

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