Alert dashboard with alert description as a column

Is it possible to put the alert description (a/k/a “Full description”) as a column in a dashboard?

I’m looking to build a quick and dirty dashboard for a specific alert which has more information in the “Full description” field/column that would be beneficial to see at a quick glance.


TIA for any help/advise.


If you create your description as a custom field you can then display this within your alerts section by selecting' customfield1'. The steps below show you how to do this.

  1. Save the following as "alertupdater.ps1" file on your SCOM server

#Get alertid parameter
$alertid = $alertid.toString()

Load SCOM snap-inn

add-pssnapin “Microsoft.EnterpriseManagement.OperationsManager.Client”;
$server = “localhost”

Connect to SCOM - change management server to your RMS

new-managementGroupConnection -ConnectionString:$server;
set-location “OperationsManagerMonitoring::”;

Update alert custom field

$alert = Get-Alert -Id $alertid

$alert.CustomField1 = $alert.Description

  1. Set up a channel with the following settings, change the PATH to where you have saved your powershell.

  1. Setup the corresponding subscription and subscriber for your channel.

  2. Create an alert dashboard within SquaredUp and select CustomField1 as one of your columns.