• Management Packs Guides Online

    Source Jeanie Decker and Raymond Chou

    "The Management Pack Guide library is now live on TechNet. About half (23) of the Operations Manager 2007 guides are available in the library now, with the rest to be added over the next few weeks. The guides are organized into Operating Systems & Technologies and Server Products for easier browsing.

    I (Jeanie) almost forgot to add...we've included the Community Content widget on all of the online guides, which means you can add tags and submit your own content to enhance the information in the guides.”

     

  • Passed OpsMgr Configuring Exam (070-400)

    Today I did my Microsoft System Center Operations Manager Configuring Exam and passed with a score of 980 points. Still room for improvement…

    http://twitpic.com/1lc8

    I thought it was easy, but I work with the product every day and I still love it ;-)

  • Management Pack for SAP Monitoring

    Source: RealTech

    REALTECH's newly developed Management Pack for SAP Monitoring is one of the first integration modules to use the .NET interface of Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 to display real-time information on the availability, performance, and error status of any SAP NetWeaver component. Thanks to the seamless integration of the management pack, Operations Manager will continue to be the primary system.

    A colleague of mine found this Management Pack for SAP and this is not on the System Center Pack Catalog.

    Anybody any experience with this MP? Please leave a comment.

  • New Updates for Management Packs

    WSS 2.0 (2003) Management Pack. Release date: /27/2008. http://tinyurl.com/6ftfmy

    Terminal Services 2000/2003 MP for OpsMgr 2007. Release date: 5/27/2008. http://tinyurl.com/33ltyj

    SharePoint Portal Server 2003 MP for OpsMgr 2007. Release date: 5/27/2008. http://tinyurl.com/6cjysm

    Windows 2000/2003 IIS Management Pack for OpsMgr 2007. Release date: 5/27/2008. http://tinyurl.com/6rno62

    Microsoft Information Worker Management Pack. Release date: 5/27/2008. http://tinyurl.com/67jum4

    Window Client 2000/XP OS MP for OpsMgr 2007. Release date: 5/27/2008 http://tinyurl.com/5zdodf

    Windows Server 2000/2003 OS Management Pack Release date: 5/27/2008 http://tinyurl.com/6ywrd9

  • Evaluation of SCCP 2007 by Ian Blyth

    Source: Ian Blyth

    Ian gives a clear evaluation of System Center Capacity Planner for OpsMgr 2007.

    “I can say now that I am very disappointed with it and can’t see me using it at all even if it is the official sizing tool.”

    The only thing I can say, I’ve used it a couple of times to check my own designs with the results of SCCP. Just have a look if it’s a useful tool for you or not.

    Here is a link to the System Center Capacity Planner Download Catalog.

  • Update: OpsMgr 2007 Toolbox

    I’ve updated my OpsMgr 2007 Toolbox with the Windows PowerShell Scriptomatic from Ed Wilson, My Log File Viewer Util from Jeevan Bisht and the Data Warehouse Data Retention Policy tool from Daniel Savage.

    Here is the link to the updated version.

    Today I found out that Stuart Renes also created a blogpost about some useful tools for OpsMgr 2007. If I’ve some time I’ll merge the two.

  • What is Performance and Resource Optimization (PRO)?

    Did you hear about Pro Packs or Pro Tips lately? And do you know what they are? I saw this question in an internal mail thread and I must say I didn’t knew much about it also. So here is some info about PRO which is a new feature of SCVMM 2008.

    PRO or Performance and Resource Optimization is a new feature in VMM 2008 which leverages the monitoring and alerting capabilities of Operations Manager 2007 to surface Tips or recommendations within VMM which help administrators ensure a high performance and efficient virtualized environment.  By leveraging OpsMgr’s MP framework partners and customers can create PRO enabled MPs which surface these Tips in VMM and have associated actions (Users can configure them to run manually or automatically) which implement the recommendations made to resolve issues or increase the efficiency of the environment.

    Example: Operations Manager gets an alert that the CPU on an HP physical host is exceeding utilization threshold. The HP PRO Pack generates a PRO Tip based on that alert and sends it to VMM. Based on HP policies specified in the PRO Pack, the recommended action is to migrate VM workloads to another host to free up resources. The administrator implements the PRO Tip and VMM uses Intelligent Placement to determine the best destination for the virtual machines in the cluster. The VM is migrated to another host and Operations Manager is alerted of the fix and the status returns to green.

    You can find more info on Pro Packs, Pro Tips and System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 on the Windows Virtualization Team Blog.

  • PowerShell Scriptomatic

    Ed Wilson has created a Scriptomatic PowerShell Version, which you can download here.

    This Scriptomatic writes Windows PowerShell scripts that harness the power of WMI (Windows Instrumentation Management) for use in system management and administration.

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    It really has some nice features, like output options. Check it out!

  • Viewing OpsMgr Eventlogs on remote computer

    Source: The Manageability Team Blog

    Jeevan Bisht has written a “utility” that lets you view System Center Operations Manager 2007 Server/Agent Event logs on a remote computer if you don’t have installed an OpsMgr Agent or Server on the machine from which you want to look at the OpsMgr Eventlogs.

    Now you can open the EventViewer and connect to the machine from which you want to see the OpsMgr events.

    The util will install the needed dll’s and registry info so the EventViewer can show you all the info from the OpsMgr events.

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    Read more on source.

  • OLE DB Data Source MP Template connection strings

    Operations Manager 2007 comes with several standard management pack templates. You can use these templates to create a new management pack and then customize that management pack to your requirements. This approach provides an alternative to creating a new management pack to store the overrides for a sealed management pack.

    One of the available MP templates is the OLE DB Data Source Template. Use the connection string properties to specify the instance to which you want to connect. You can find more information on how to construct OLE DB connection strings, on MSDN Connection String Syntax.

  • Removing the Operations Manager 2007 Data Warehouse

    During some commandline installation testing I accidentally installed the OpsMgr Data Warehouse in a wrong directory, so I wanted to uninstall the database and used the GUI setup in an effort to delete the Data Warehouse (OperationsManagerDW).

    Luckily I did my testing on my demo systems because I saw some frightening screens during my uninstall of the Data Warehouse ;-)

    Screenshot of current installation:

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    Screenshots of uninstall Data Warehouse:

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    Let’s check.

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    Seems I only uninstalled the Data Warehouse Database. ;-) By the way I didn’t had to run ResetSRS.exe to get SQL Reporting Services in a Running State.

    But wait a minute. I still see the OperationsManagerDW database (Data Warehouse)

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    So what did I remove during the uninstall of the Data Warehouse?

    It seems that during the Data Warehouse installation the Datawarehouse.Initial.Setup.sql file is copied and run. Which creates the OperationsManagerDW database.

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    To remove the Data Warehouse database I had to Delete it from within the SQL Server Management Studio tool. This is probably a good thing, because you don't want to accidentally remove the Data Warehouse with all your historical data ;-)

    Finally I was able to re-install the Data Warehouse through the commandline.

    Here are the commandline parameters I used to install the Data Warehouse:

    msiexec.exe /i D:\Install\OpsMgrSP1\reporting\i386\Reporting2007.msi INSTALLDIR="D:\Program Files\System Center Operations Manager 2007\" /qn /l*v "%temp%\REPORTINGDB_INSTALL.LOG" ADDLOCAL="MOMREPORTINGDB" SQLSVR_INSTANCE="OPSMGRSP1RMS01" MOMREPORTINGDBNAME="OperationsManagerDW" DB_SIZE="1000" DATA_DIR="D:\MSSQL\Data" LOG_DIR="D:\MSSQL\Logs"

    As you can see I wanted to install the files on the D-drive. So I used the INSTALLDIR and DATA_DIR and LOG_DIR parameters.

  • OpsMgr 2007: Parameters Explained

    Some time ago I showed you can use PowerShell to create Events for OpsMgr 2007. And according to the comments quite some people have questions about Event parameters. After creating the first version of the PowerShell Create Events for OpsMgr 2007 script, Ken added some functionality and one was modifying the question to not only add a EventLog Description but also a EventLog Parameter.

    I found some info on MOM 2005 parameters on Rory McCaw’s weblog, but except that article I could not find much info on Event Log parameters. So hopefully this will explain what parameters are and how they can be used in OpsMgr 2007.

    EventLog Parameters in the Events

    Every Windows event has description text that is filled in by the values of different parameters. You can find the Eventlog parameters of an event by using the Log Parser. (if you know an easier way on Windows 2003 Servers let me know). Log parser is a powerful, versatile tool that provides universal query access to text-based data such as log files, XML files and CSV files, as well as key data sources on the Windows® operating system such as the Event Log, the Registry, the file system, and Active Directory®.

    Example of EventLog Parameters in an Eventlog:

    C:\Program Files\Log Parser 2.2>LogParser.exe "SELECT Top1 Strings AS Parameters FROM Application WHERE EventID=301"

    Result:
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    So in this example you can use four parameters in your OpsMgr Rules or Monitor.

    Event Parameters in OpsMgr 2007

    Eventlog Parameters can be used in OpsMgr Rules and Monitors. An example where you can find EventLog Parameters used is the Windows Activation State Monitor in the Windows Server 2003 MP. This is a 3 State Event Log Monitor and this monitor looks for EventLog Parameters and the values found in the Eventlog change the state of the monitor.

    Healthy:    Look for EventId 1006 in Application Log of Source Windows Product Activation
    Warning: Look for EventId 1005 in Application Log of Source Windows Product Activation and Params/Param[1] > 6 =< 15
    Critical:   Look for EventId 1005 in Application Log of Source Windows Product Activation and Params/Param[1] =< 6

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    You can use the PowerShell Create Events script from Ken to test your monitors or rules with with one EventLog parameter. So it won’t work if you need to test a Rule or Monitor which uses more than one parameter in the Eventlog.

    So if you want to test the Windows Activation State Monitor and want to Change the State to Critical, you need to create an Event with the next values:

    EventID 1005
    Source Windows Product Activation
    Type Error
    Description Your Windows product has not been activated with Microsoft yet. Please use the Product Activation Wizard within <number> days.

    More info about this event can be found on EventID.Net

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  • RSS2Twitter Part 2

    Thanks to Jeremy Pavleck I found out that Twitterfeed is much more efficient than using a PowerShell rss2twitter script. And he is right!

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    But I learned some PowerShell creating the rss2twitter script ;-)

  • RSS2Twitter PowerShell script

    As you might have noticed I’ve been using Twitter quite often lately. On my previous weblog I installed a Drupal Twitter module for updating Twitter with my latest blog posts. But now I migrated to Technet Blogs I didn’t had this possibility anymore, so I looked for an easy way to have my latest blog posts updated to Twitter.

    I searched for “rss2twitter” on Windows Live Search and found a perl script but that didn’t work for me. It just failed with the next errors:

    “C:\Temp\rss2twitter>rss2twitter.exe
    Malformed UTF-8 character (1 byte, need 4, after start byte 0xf1) at C:\Temp\rss
    2twitter\rss2twitter.exe line 128.”

    So I though why not use PowerShell? With the help of Out-Twitter from Doug Finke it was quite easy.

    So here is the PowerShell RSS2Twitter script:

    # Rss2Twitter PowerShell Script
    # Stefan Stranger 2008
    # Retrieve last post from RSS feed and post to Twitter Account
    # Out-Twitter function from Doug Finke (http://dougfinke.com/blog/?p=236)


    function Send-TwitterStatus($status)
    {
        
       
    # Enter Twitter Username and Password
       
    $userName = "twitteraccount"
       
    $password = "password"

       
    $url = "http://twitter.com/statuses/update.xml"
       
    $data = "status={0}" -f $status

       
    $request = [Net.WebRequest]::Create($url)
       
    $request.Credentials = New-Object System.Net.NetworkCredential($userName, $password);
       
    $request.ContentType = "application/x-www-form-urlencoded";
       
    $request.Method = "POST";

       
    $bytes = [System.Text.Encoding]::UTF8.GetBytes($data)

       
    $request.ContentLength = $bytes.Length

       
    $requestStream = [System.IO.Stream]$request.GetRequestStream()
       
    $requestStream.write($bytes, 0, $bytes.Length)

       
    $response = $request.GetResponse()
       
    $reader = [System.IO.StreamReader]$response.GetResponseStream()

       
    ([xml]$reader.ReadToEnd()).status
    }

    #Enter rss feed from where you want update Twitter
    $uri=http://enterhere.your.rssfeed
    $wc = New-Object Net.WebClient
    $rss = [xml]$wc.DownloadString($uri)
    $posts = $rss.rss.channel.item | Select-Object title, link
    #Retrieve last post on RSS feed page.
    $lastpost = $posts[0].title + ' ' + $posts[0].link

    #Post to Twitter
    Send-TwitterStatus $lastpost
  • Identifying source cause of excess resource consumption

    Source: System Center Forum

    “When CPU and memory resource consumption are running at or near 100%, the first thing an administrator wants to check is what processes are running at the time the excess resource consumption took place. The problem is that by the time you can get to a machine and retrieve a list of running processes, the condition has improved and the evidence gone.

    This problem can be easily overcome in Operations Manager or Essentials 2007 using a new feature called a diagnostic to automatically perform data collection tasks at the time a condition is encountered. However, you will not find the appropriate diagnostic in place out of the box.

    The diagnostics in this sample Retrieve Running Processes MP (link provided at the end of this article) , which automatically retrieve a list of running process the moment the alert threshold is breached, ensure the offending process information is captured. Simply download and import into your environment to make immediate use of this feature (no configuration required).”

    Go to source for more info and download.

  • Started MPNotifier on Twitter

    I already posted an article on using Twitter and now I’ve create a MPNotifier Twitter account.

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    So if you want to know about the latest MPs just follow the MPNotifier Twitter.

  • My Windows Live Search Page

    Description Windows Live Search Macro
    Searches all OpsMgr RSSfeed I'm subscribed to. Limited to 30 websites. RSS Feed 1 by Stefan Stranger
    Searches all OpsMgr RSSfeed I'm subscribed to. Limited to 30 websites. RSS Feed 2 by Stefan Stranger
    Searches blogs that cover System Center Operations Manager. System Center Operations Manager Blogs
    Searches the System Center Operations Manager documentation in the TechNet library System Center Operations Manager (TechNet)
    Allows you to search through the System Center Operations Manager 2007 SDK documentation found in the MSDN library System Center Operations Manager 2007 SDK
    Searches Microsoft knowledge base articles for System Center Operations Manager information System Center Operations Manager KB Articles
  • Moved my weblog to Technet Blogs

    People,

    Today I started to move my weblog (http://weblog.stranger.nl) to a Microsoft hosted weblog (http://blogs.technet.com/stefan_stranger/default.aspx). My old weblog took quite some time to manage and needs to be upgraded. So I though why not start a new OpsMgr oriented weblog on the Microsoft Technet Blogs. Maybe Chris Scoville  will update his System Center Content Search Gadget and add me to the Blogs section ;-)

    So far I moved all my OpsMgr posts from this year (2008) to my new weblog and I'll keep the old weblog running for a couple of months but I'll post all my new posts to my new weblog. All the posts moved from my old weblog are dated Thursday, May 08, 2008. Sorry about that I was not able to change the publishing date to a date in the past. Does anybody knows a automated way to migrate Drupal posts to Community Server? I used Windows Live Writer as a Gateway. Probably not the best way, but could not find any other way.

    What should you need to do?
    If you are subscribed to my old weblog and you used the feedburner subscription (http://feeds.feedburner.com/myiti) you don't need to do anything. Otherwise update your subscription with the feedburner subscription. And if you have some links  to my old weblog please update them.

    Thanks for your help.

    Regards,
    Stefan Stranger

  • Blogroll

    OPML exported from Outlook

  • New version of PowerShell Event Creator for Operations Manager 2007

    Some month ago I created a PowerShell Event Creator and quite some people liked what I did ;-) Now Ken has made some great additions to this PS script. How cool is that?

    This are the additions he made:

    1. Modification so that you can log events in any Event Log using the Source to look up which log to use
    2. Check added to ask if the user wants to create the missing Source in the Application log rather than just creating it, never know when you will msispell a source ;-)
    3. Modified the question for description to also say or Params/Param[1].

    I've tested it and and I like it.

    You can download the new PowerShell Event Creator here.

    Thanks Ken for making this PowerShell Event Creator script better!

  • New PowerShell Event Creator for Operations Manager 2007

     

    Did you remember the Event Creator for MOM 2005 which was available in the Resource Kit? You could use this tool to create events for testing Management Packs. Event Creator enables you to choose event sources for the existing event logs that are currently registered. You can probably use this tool also for testing in your OpsMgr environment but why not use PowerShell?

    You have at least installed PowerShell on you Management Server(s) so why not use PowerShell to create events for testing?

    With some help from the PowerShell Guy I created a PowerShell script to create events in the eventlog.

    # Description:     Create Events in Application log
    # Date:                03-05-2007
    # Author:            Stefan Stranger
    # Explanation:    If you only wish to write to the event log you must do two things. The first is to create or specify a Source. 
    #                         The second is to call the WriteEntry method. The source would be your application name, by default,
     
    #                         if you create a source that is new then your log entry will be written to the Application Log.
     
    #                         To WriteEntry method does the actual writing to the Event Log.

    #                         ev.WriteEntry(My event text, System.Diagnostics.EventLogEntryType.Information, myeventid)

    #Check if user is admin
    function get-Admin {
     
    $ident = [Security.Principal.WindowsIdentity]::GetCurrent()
     
     
    foreach ( $groupIdent in $ident.Groups ) {
     
    if ( $groupIdent.IsValidTargetType([Security.Principal.SecurityIdentifier]) ) {
      
    $groupSid = $groupIdent.Translate([Security.Principal.SecurityIdentifier])
      
    if ( $groupSid.IsWellKnown("AccountAdministratorSid") -or $groupSid.IsWellKnown("BuiltinAdministratorsSid")){
       
    return $TRUE
      
    }
     
    }
     
    }
     
    return $FALSE
    }

    $Result = get-Admin

    if ($Result -eq $FALSE) 
     
    {

       
    write-host "Better be an admin for this script."
       
    #exit

     
    }

    function Write-EventLog { 
       
    param ([string]$msg = $(read-host "Please enter a Event Description"), [string]$source = $(read-host "Please enter Event Source"), [string]$type = $(read-host "Please enter Event Type [Information, Warning, Error]"), [int]$eventid = $(read-host "Please enter EventID"))

       
    # Create the source, if it does not already exist.
           
    if(![System.Diagnostics.EventLog]::SourceExists($source))
           
    {
               
    [System.Diagnostics.EventLog]::CreateEventSource($source,'Application')
           
    }
           
    else 
           
    {

               
    write-host "Source exists"
           
    }

            
       
    # Check if Event Type is correct
       
    switch ($type) 
       
    {
     
            "Information"
    {}
     
            "Warning"
    {}
     
            "Error"
    {}
     
           
    default {"Event type is invalid";exit}

       
    }

          
       
    $log = New-Object System.Diagnostics.EventLog 
       
    $log.set_log("Application")
     
       
    $log.set_source($source)

       
    $log.WriteEntry($msg,$type,$eventid)
    }

    Write-Eventlog
    Write-Host "Event created"

    Or you can download the PowerShell script from the PowerShell Code Repository.

  • Systems Center Operations Manager 2007 SP1 Documentation

    Source: Microsoft Download Center

    Overview

    This download contains the following documentation for System Center Operations Manager 2007:
    • Operations Manager 2007 Deployment Guide:
    This guide steps you through the deployment process for System Center Operations Manager 2007.
    • Active Directory Management Pack Guide for Operations Manager 2007:
    This document includes a Management Pack overview, deployment procedures, and monitoring scenarios for the two Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) Management Packs
    • Exchange Management Pack Guide for Operations Manager 2007: This guide includes a Management Pack overview, deployment procedures, and monitoring scenarios for the Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Management Pack for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007.
    • SQL Management Pack Guide for Operations Manager 2007:
    The SQL Server Management Pack provides both proactive and reactive monitoring of SQL Server 2000 and SQL Server 2005 for an enterprise environment.
    • Windows Server Operating System Management Pack Guide for Operations Manager 2007:
    The Microsoft Windows Server Management Packs monitor the performance, health, and availability of Microsoft Windows 2000 Server and Microsoft Windows Server 2003.
    • Windows Client Operating System Management Pack Guide:
    The Windows client operating system Management Packs are intended for use in gathering data on client computers or individually monitoring designated mission-critical client computers.
    • Operations Manager 2007 Terminal Services Management Pack: This guide includes an overview of the Management Pack, deployment procedures, and monitoring scenarios for the Terminal Services Management Pack.
    • Operations Manager 2007 Security Guide:
    This guide provides you with security-related information as it pertains to Operations Manager 2007.
    • Operations Manager 2007 Management Pack Guide:
    This guide includes a Management Pack overview, deployment procedures, and monitoring scenarios for the Microsoft Windows Server Internet Information Services 2000 and 2003 Management Packs for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007.
    • Operations Manager 2007 Management Pack Terminal Services:
    This guide includes an overview of the Management Pack, deployment procedures, and monitoring scenarios for the Terminal Services Management Pack.
    • The Operations Manager 2007 Design Guide:
    This guide steps the reader through the steps necessary to develop a complete architectural plan for their OpsMgr2007 implementation.
    • Operations Manager 2007 Backup and Recovery Guide:
    This guide provides guidance in planning for backup and recovery of System Center Operations Manager 2007 server roles and components. The information in this guide will complement your existing recovery strategy to avoid service disruption.
    • Operations Manager 2007 Operations Guide:
    This guide s a comprehensive resource that can be used to understand and use your Operations Manager 2007 implementation to your best advantage. It teaches the Operations Manager administrator what to do after successfully deployed a Management Group for the first time.
    • Operations Manager 2007 MigrationGuide:
    This guide is intended to help you understand the migration process from Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 (MOM 2005) to Operations Manager 2007 and the tools that are used in the process.
    • Operations Manager 2007 Management Pack Authoring Guide
    The Microsoft Operations Manager 2007 Management Pack Authoring Guide provides detailed information on how to author management packs for System Center Operations Manager 2007. This guide includes detailed conceptual documentation, tutorials, and a reference section.
    • Operations Manager 2007 Report Authoring Guide
    This guide provides an overview of the Operations Manager reporting feature, including procedures for generating pre-populated reports and authoring custom reports. There is also reference information for users looking to create custom reports.

  • Service Level Dashboard for Operations Manager

    Source: Operations Manager Product Team Blog

    The Service Level Dashboard for Operations Manager 2007 is a new Solution Accelerator that addresses IT Service Managers’ need for near real time, end-to-end reporting of the performance and availability of their line-of-business (LOB) applications. The accelerator provides a unique view of a business application from the user’s point of view by simulating user interactions with the business application and reporting on the experience. A small number of agents are deployed in the enterprise network to provide an accurate sampling of all the different conditions under which the business application operates. The data is then collected and interpreted.

    Results are displayed in a single Web-based user interface, providing both top-level and drilldown views. The top level view reports the Service Level Agreement (SLA) status (compliant or non-compliant) of every application being monitored. The detailed views reveal component-level information that can help administrators investigate the possible causes of noncompliance reported at the top level.

    The Service Level Dashboard for Operations Manager 2007 depends upon two Microsoft technologies. It uses System Center Operations Manager 2007 (OpsMgr) to collect and interpret information and it uses SQL Server® Reporting Services to display results in a dashboard.

    The beta downloads include the following tool and documentation:

    • Service Level Dashboard for System Center Operations Manager 2007 Management Pack
    • Service Level Dashboard for System Center Operations Manager 2007 User Guide

    To access the Service Level Dashboard for Operations Manager 2007 beta download on Connect, click here.

  • Xandros leader in offering suite of MP applications?

    Source: Edge

    Martin Buckly of Microsoft talks with Andreas Typaldos, CEO of Xandros about working with Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 Cross Platform Extensions and the new opportunities Xandros is seeing.

    Andreas Typaldos:
    “Xandros is looking to be a leader in offering a suite of Management Application Packs not just one or two. That is a great benefit for a customer…but in addition to getting dept in the application we are able to offer the customer not one, two, three, four,five or as many MPs he needs. So he doesn’t have to go to three, four vendors to get that.”


    Xandros and System Center Operations Manager 2007 Cross Platform Extensions
  • Operations Manager 2007 Capacity Planning Model released for System Center Capacity Planner 2007

    Source: Clive Eastwood

    The capacity planning model for OpsMgr07 has now been released for SCCP 2007. Read more on source.