The OpsMgr team has a survey up on Survey Monkey. Drop out and help out with their questions when you have a few minutes:
After 13 years of consulting, I joined the UA team in Redmond last August as a technical writer focusing on management pack authoring. My initial focus is a new version of the Management Pack Authoring Guide which will provide background concepts, processes, and specific walkthrough examples on creating management packs for Operations Manager 2007.
As you may or may not know, we’re running a poll to show community thoughts about Microsoft moving the OpsMgr 2007 Management Pack catalog to their new PinPoint technology. As we noted before, the thoughts have been mixed, and our poll so far is reflecting that.
Here’s a quick sampling so far:
|What do you think of the new OpsMgr 2007 Management Pack catalog on PinPoint? (feel free to leave comments)|
|Love it! Great move Microsoft!||(0.00%)|
|Could be useful. I'll wait and see how it works out.||(18.75%)|
|What the–?? Who did this?||(34.38%)|
|I hate it! Put it back!||(46.88%)|
And, the number one comments is:
Sorting by release date is not available anymore which is a big pain. And the categories filter is not that intuitive.
So, while the poll numbers suggest that this wasn’t a great move in the minds of those who relied on the old catalog, I think it also suggests (through the comments) that Microsoft could provide some immediate improvement just by adding a sorting mechanism by release date.
Do you feel the same? Drop out and participate in the poll:
Do you use the Windows Server Print Server role in your environment? Are you using the either of the print server management packs for OpsMgr 2007? Do you use the print management console? If you answered yes to any of these questions then we would greatly appreciate your input to help form the future manageability plans for the print server role. Head over to the OpsMgr public Connect site and fill out the "Print Server Management Survey".
Here’s the new page for finding OpsMgr Management Packs:
Bookmark it, because its tough to find.
The Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP2 (ConfigMgr) Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 helps administrators manage and administer Configuration Manager 2007 servers.
Novell® Linux* Management Pack for Microsoft* System Center Operations Manager expands the monitoring capabilities of Operations Manager in enterprise environments by enabling monitoring of key Linux services. A consolidated operations console displays the health of these services—along with Microsoft Cross Platform Extensions—so that you can respond to alerts, run diagnostics, and consider possible solutions for detected issues.
The Management Pack uses WS-Management 1.1, a Web services-based protocol that enables remote computer management over HTTP and HTTPS. WS-Management enables secure and efficient data transfers by requiring authentication and using HTTPS as the transport. It is required for all communication between Linux Services Management Packs and Linux systems.
key product features
The Novell Linux Management Pack for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager includes additional agent extensions for Microsoft Cross Platform Extensions installation. When installed, the combined components add the following features to Operations Manager:
- Monitoring of services in SLES 10 Service Pack 2 (SP2) and higher, SLES 11, and RHEL 5.x.
- SUSE firewall
- Discovery of SLES servers based on the Microsoft Cross Platform Discovery Wizard
- Automatic deployment for Management Agent plug-ins
- Reporting of the service state (running or not running)
- Stop/Start/Restart capabilities for all services
- Availability of alerts for most services
- Tracking of allocated IP address by DHCP service
- Monitoring of Samba shares and users
The Novell Linux Management Pack integrates with Novell Support Advisor, an automated self-help tool used to support and diagnose SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, Open Enterprise Server (Linux) and associated products. Novell Support Advisor provides customers with a streamlined way to perform both proactive and reactive system diagnostic tasks in a local, secure and automated fashion.
I still have some more full-scale testing to complete, but I have finished the first version of the Cisco monitoring management pack that I have described in the last few posts. This version is R2 only, but I hope to have an SP1 version of it complete soon
As we start putting the plans for the Microsoft Management Summit 2010 (MMS 2010) together, we'd like to ensure that the event matches your needs and requirements. Our aim is to provide you with the information and resources you need to manage your organization's IT assets safely and effectively. To help us achieve this goal, we would appreciate your help.
Please take a few moments to answer the survey below, which should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete. Your answers will be kept confidential, and are used only as part of a statistical analysis to help allocate breakout session and hands-on lab slots where they are most needed.
When the survey closes on Monday, Dec 22nd 2009 we will draw two entries from amongst the responses and will send a Portable Media Player to those respondents. If you would like to be entered for this draw, simply enter your email address in the text box below. Supplied email addresses will only be used for the purposes of winner notification and will not be stored or used in any other way.
Thanks in advance for helping us make MMS 2010 your IT event of the year!
Take the survey:
10/28/2009 – Version 6.0.6000.2 – Added support for monitoring Configuration Manager 2007 SP2 in a 64-bit environment with Operations Manager 2007 R2 or Operations Manager 2007 SP1 hotfix (KB971541).