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I thought I’d seen it all with System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2…

I thought I’d seen it all with System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2…

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but obviously not! Hat tip to Sean at one of our Partners, Computer2000, who, at a recent event, told me about a Management Pack that had been developed by one of our Gold Certified Partners in Denmark which, wait for it, monitors the health of a coffee pot.


I didn’t believe it either, but it’s true!  There’s a video and everything!  You have to check out the video – I don’t know how he’s keeping a straight face whilst talking about this :-)

Now, before you rush out and set this up, there are a couple of pre-requisites you’ll need to be aware of, such as you’ll need System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2, the .NET Framework 3.5, and a network connected camera to monitor the coffee pot, but most importantly, you’ll need a coffee pot which is transparent.  This may upset many of you who have invested in one of the many different coloured coffee pots out there.  I’m sure, if you’re more of a tea drinker like me, there’s the potential to adapt this for tea too, although don’t leave the tea-bag in for too long, as you’ll end up with a ‘cuppa’ that can only be described as terrible :-)

Joking aside though, what this shows is the flexibility of something like Operations Manager.  Being able to create your own customised Management Packs, tailored to what is important to you, is one of it’s key strengths and really helps you to make management relevant to your specific environment.  The guys have even provided the secret sauce, I.e. the content of the management pack, so there’s potential for modification and tailoring to your environment.

  • can someone develop one that monitors your kids ???

  • If you could keep them still for long enough, maybe! :)

  • Some dudes at Cambridge were the first to do this, back in 1991!

  • Something Acorn computers in Cambridge (UK) done/had in the far distant past!

  • Does the coffee pot need a device CAL?

  • @Cecilie - you know what, you may be right!  I think it'll need a Standard ML, but i could be wrong!

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