• New Screencast Series: Service Level Dashboard 2.0

    In these three short screencasts, IT Pro Evangelist Matt Hester shows how you can use the Service Level Dashboard 2.0 for System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 to keep mission-critical, line of business applications up and running.  The dashboard automatically displays application or system availability and performance in near-real time.  Using the dashboard, you can easily keep track of availability and performance trends, and head off problems before they occur.  The dashboard also lets you easily create role-specific dashboards to support different departments, like HR, Finance, or Operations.   

    Part 1: SLD overview.

    Part 2: How to install SLD.

    Part 3: How to configure SLD.

    To a look at the screencasts and download the Service Level Dashboard 2.0 today!   

  • TechNet Webcast: Optimizing Operations Manager for Monitoring, Auditing, and Dashboards (Level 300)

    Check out this webcast.

    Event Overview

    Learn how to optimize Microsoft System Center Operations Manager for cross-platform devices, applications, and regulatory auditing requirements, and see how to create advanced line-of-business (LOB), geographic, and executive-level dashboards in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. This webcast includes more than 40 minutes of demonstrations, and we provide customer examples of:

    • Monitoring Oracle and Apache applications using BridgeWays
    • Supporting Sarbanes Oxley (SOX) and PCI audit requirements using Secure Vantage Technologies.
    • Building intelligent views across solutions using Savision Live Maps.
    • Integrating solutions with SharePoint Server.

    Presenters: Jeremiah Beckett, President, Secure Vantage Technologies,  Ryan Brennan, Chief Technology Officer, Secure Vantage Technologies, Rob Doucette, Software Development Manager, BridgeWays, and Dennis Rietvink, President, Savision

    Jeremiah Beckett is the founder and president of Secure Vantage Technologies, Inc. (SVT), a Microsoft Gold partner that specializes in security and compliance auditing software for Microsoft System Center and Microsoft Forefront technologies. Jeremiah is a recognized industry expert in IT security and compliance with more than 10 years of expertise in enterprise management. Jeremiah is a regular guest speaker at Microsoft events, author of the Audit Collection Service (ACS) Master Class Series ACS wiki on System Center Central, and contributing author to a Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 Unleashed ebook. He also holds a bachelor's degree in business IT management from the DeVry Institute of Technology in Phoenix, Arizona.

  • Microsoft and Novell Announce Broad Collaboration on Windows and Linux Interoperability and Support

    Maybe you missed this news being busy at Tech Ed Berlin ;-) But Microsoft and Novell announced a set of broad business and technical collaboration agreements to build, market and support a series of new solutions to make Novell and Microsoft products work better together.

    The two companies also announced an agreement to provide each other’s customers with patent coverage for their respective products. These agreements will be in place until at least 2012. Under this new model, customers will realize unprecedented choice and flexibility through improved interoperability and manageability between Windows and Linux.

    The two companies will create a joint research facility at which Microsoft and Novell technical experts will architect and test new software solutions and work with customers and the community to build and support these technologies. The agreement between Microsoft and Novell focuses on three technical areas that provide important value and choice to the market:

    • Virtualization. Virtualization is one of the most important trends in the industry. Customers tell Microsoft that virtualization is one way they can consolidate and more easily manage rapidly growing server workloads and their large set of server applications. Microsoft and Novell will jointly develop a compelling virtualization offering for Linux and Windows.

    • Web services for managing physical and virtual servers. Web services and service-oriented architectures continue to be one of the defining ways software companies can deliver greater value to customers. Microsoft and Novell will undertake work to make it easier for customers to manage mixed Windows and SUSE Linux Enterprise environments and to make it easier for customers to federate Microsoft Active Directory with Novell eDirectory.

    • Document format compatibility. Microsoft and Novell have been focusing on ways to improve interoperability between office productivity applications. The two companies will now work together on ways for OpenOffice and Microsoft Office system users to best share documents, and both will take steps to make translators available to improve interoperability between Open XML and OpenDocument formats.

    “As a result of this collaboration, customers will now be able to run virtualized Linux on Windows or virtualized Windows on Linux,”

    You can read the full story here.