I think that’s my longest title ever!  I could have acronym’d it up I suppose, but that would have been too easy :-)

VMM[1]   OpsMgr

System Center Operations Manager 2007 has been out for a fair while now.  It’s had it’s SP1 update, and now it’s rapidly approaching it’s R2 release, which brings even more great features and functionality, especially around managing non-Microsoft environments.  System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 however, is still pretty fresh-faced and bushy tailed, having only released around October last year.

When VMM shipped, it shipped with a Management Pack for Operations Manager.  For those of you not familiar, Operations Manager is Microsoft’s monitoring solution, for both software, and hardware.  However, out of the box, Operations Manager doesn’t know exactly how to monitor, in the most optimal way, Dell’s hardware, or Exchange Server for example.  To more accurately and effectively monitor stuff, OpsMgr needs Management Packs, and these Management Packs are built by the teams that build the actual software/hardware to be monitored.  So, back to our example before – Dell would write the Dell Management Pack, and the Exchange Team would write the Exchange MP.  These MP’s are then stored up on the web, with the online catalog.  You can even create your own, as it’s an open framework.

Like I said, when VMM shipped, it shipped with a MP for OpsMgr, which enabled:

  • Comprehensive health monitoring of virtual machines
  • Performance and Resource Optimization (PRO) in VMM
  • Diagram views available from the VMM Administrator Console

Without doubt, the coolest thing that the MP enabled was PRO, and you can see a demo of this for yourself here.

However, one of the key elements that was missing from this MP release was Reporting.  Partners and Customers alike have been asking for this, and it’s finally been released.  This updated release brings in updated reports for all platforms that we manage:

  • Virtualisation Candidates
  • VM utilisation
  • Host Utilisation
  • Host Utilisation Growth
  • VM Allocation

It’s a shame it took so long to come, but it’s now available to download.

Configuration Instructions are here.