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If you haven’t heard about it already, you surely soon will!  At this morning’s keynote at MMS 2008 in Las Vegas, Bob Muglia (assisted by Barry Shilmover) announced the introduction of the Operations Manager 2007 Cross Platform Extensions Beta (Ops Mgr Cross Plat). 

What does mean?  Well, with Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 Cross Platform Extensions Beta organizations can see how they will be able to extend the best-of-breed monitoring capabilities of Operations Manager 2007 to the HP-UX, Sun Solaris™, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server environments.

Some of the key benefits include:Picture1

  • Improves service levels across Microsoft, Unix and Linux platforms.
  • Enables administrators to more easily manage cross-platform environments.
  • Accelerates incident resolution through expert knowledge issues and causes.
  • Enables detailed heterogeneous performance analysis and reporting.
  • Automates routine administration for non-Microsoft platforms

To help introduce you to this exciting new solution, we’ve created new resources and communities where you can learn more:

  • Download the Cross Platform Extensions data sheet.
  • “Read all about it” in our new white paper.
  • Download the Cross Platform Extensions Beta (see below).
  • Visit the Cross Platform Extensions Team Blog (see the first posting here!)
  • Join the new Cross Platform Extensions Beta newsgroup (available through the System Center TAP/Beta program under Microsoft Connect).

[We also launched the new Operations Manager 2007 Interop Connectors Beta, enabling Operations Manager 2007 to share information with both IBM Tivoli Enterprise Console and HP OpenView for Windows and UNIX.  More information on this later this week!]

 

You can download the Cross Platform Extensions Beta through Microsoft Connect.  To help you navigate to the right spot, follow these directions:

  1. Go to Microsoft Connect, and log in.
  2. Click on Connection Directory at the top menu.
  3. Scroll down the list of categories to System Center TAP/Beta.
  4. Within this category you will see the Program, “Operations Manager Public Beta (Cross Platform and Interop)”.  Click Apply Now.
  5. Complete the survey, and then you’re in and can download the Ops Mgr Cross Plat Beta!

We’ll be posting more information and details to the Operations Manager 2007 TechCenter soon, so watch that space (as well as this blog) for more information in the very near future!

 

Sacha Dawes
Sr. Technical Product Manager
System Center