Hello IT Managers,

Couldn’t break free from your job and attend the MMS 2008 conference?  Don’t worry.  Allow me to present to you the Top 5 Hottest Topics!

·         SCOM 2007 Cross Platform Extensions

o   Are you managing a mixed environment with Windows Server, SUSE and Red Hat?  The System Center Operations Manager team has just released the SCOM 2008 Cross Platform Extensions Beta, which now gives you the ability to monitor these non-Windows server environments!  It’s sweet and heterogeneous!

o   Read the SC Team Blog for more: http://blogs.technet.com/systemcenter/archive/2008/04/29/operations-manager-2007-goes-cross-platform.aspx

·         System Center Virtual Machine Manager vNext & “PRO tips”

o   Time to go “PRO” –  Check out the new feature of SCVMM vNext called “Performance and Resource Optimization” (or PRO), which now gives IT administrators the ability to dynamically optimize their datacenter based upon pre-defined policies and the real-time demands of users.

o   Read more about the “PRO tips” at: http://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/scvmm/default.mspx

·         Microsoft Operations Framework version 4.0

o   The Microsoft Operations Framework is getting a major upgrade!  This IT service life-cycle model now incorporates facets beyond “operations” to include business planning for example.

o   Read more about the new version of MOF at: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc506049.aspx?SA_CE=NOT-MOF-BLOG-MAPTEAMBLOG-2008-04-30

·         Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool

o   Your virtual machines are growing in number and many of them that are frequently offline and unpatched.  What should you do?  The Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool will help you solve this problem with a quick and easy patching solution.

o   Join the Beta today!  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc501231.aspx?SA_CE=VIR-OVMT-BLOG-MAPTEAMBLOG-2008-04-30

·         Microsoft Assessment and Planning 3.0 and Beyond…

o   Microsoft Assessment and Planning 3.0, the agent-less inventory and virtualization candidacy tool, now offers you a fast way to determine if your existing servers can be upgraded to Windows Server 2008.  It also gives you answers on which ones can be virtualized.  Presented at MMS for the first time, MAP is now becoming one of the best tools for IT administrators.

o   Download the MAP tool today!  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb977556.aspx?SA_CE=VIR-MAP-BLOG-MAPTEAMBLOG-2008-04-30

Enjoy these great resources and products from Microsoft...

Thanks,
Baldwin