I’ve been getting a few questions about some of our Solution Accelerators so I thought I would post a quick list of some Manageability related SA’s that you might be interested in. These and many more are listed at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/solutionaccelerators/bb892167.aspx but some of the more pertinent ones are broken out here:
This solution accelerator provides best-practice guidance to help reduce the number of non-critical alerts generated by the deployment of Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005 Management Packs.
Provides guidance on how to integrate Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005 with trouble-ticketing systems. It also provides technical guidance with taxonomy standards, database/property mapping, MOM Connector Framework, and code samples.
Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) 2007 is THE best-practice set of comprehensive guidance and tools from Microsoft to optimally deploy Windows Vista and the 2007 Office system.
Provides download planning, building, and technical guidance, templates, and scripts to facilitate deployment of Microsoft Windows XP Professional and Office Professional Edition 2003 through Zero Touch deployment. The Solution Accelerator for Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) Enterprise Edition follows the best practices of a multinational bank with more than 15,000 employees on five continents using multiple data centers. This solution shows how both Zero Touch and Light Touch deployments are performed in that organization.
The Solution Accelerator for Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) Standard Edition is best-practice guidance for desktop deployment using limited tools and requiring basic infrastructure. The Standard Edition is targeted at companies with 250 or more PCs that want to reduce deployment time and effort by increasing the level of automation. It allows administrators to deploy desktops with Light Touch interaction at the target PCs. This solution also helps organizations to move to a managed environment with standardized desktop images.
A tool that automates the configuration management audits between desired or defined configuration settings and actual configuration settings. DCM accomplishes this by allowing the user to define desired hardware, operating system, and application configuration settings in multiple configuration data sources. Then, using the supplied auditing engine, DCM compares desired settings with actual settings and reports configuration compliance.
Gives organizations using Microsoft Solutions for Infrastructure and Management (MSIM) to manage their Microsoft Windows Server 2003 environments a plan and strategy for designing and implementing testing solutions for a test lab environment.
This solution provides technical guidance to help medium businesses plan, migrate, test, and implement the new environment using a pilot deployment.
This solution provides technical guidance to help medium businesses implement a centralized patch management solution, using Software Update Services to keep servers and client computers up to date.
The Microsoft Assessment and Deployment Solution (ADS) is an automation tool designed for partners and customers to quickly assess, propose, plan and deploy infrastructure software for midsize businesses. ADS provides auto-generation of proposals and reports with network diagrams, project proposals and implementation guides specific to the assessed networks.
Provides the capability to store long-term operational data based on multiple Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005 management groups. This capability provides the business with information to analyze infrastructure reliability, capacity, and overall behavior. It also provides operational guidance on setup and configuration.
Provides more effective notification of critical alerts using an advanced subscription mechanism that includes criteria such as server ownership, application ownership, schedule, and exceptions. It also provides automation using SQL Server Notification Services and Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005.
Enables customers to more effectively assess their environment. It helps them identify Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 managed and unmanaged Virtual Server 2005 and Virtual PC 2004 installations, Microsoft SQL Server installations and instances, and component-level details for Microsoft Office—including source paths and installation dates. It addresses reduction of risk through identification of machines in the SMS unmanaged space, sample automation script usage, and reporting.
Provides architectural, developmental, operational, and test guidance for deploying software updates to operating systems and installed applications using Microsoft Software Update Services (SUS). It offers conceptual information, design and configuration best practices, and details of the operational practices required for success.
Provides best-practice guidance and automation to help customers minimize downtime of Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) in the event of an infrastructure failure or geographical disaster. It also provides automation through scripts, database synchronization, and reports.
Provides guidance on how to leverage the Dell Updates tool in Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1) for software updates of Dell server hardware. It also includes automation/guidance for patching Dell servers in a file/print cluster configuration via SMS 2003.
Facilitates the deployment of Windows Server 2003 operating system across well-connected networks within an enterprise IT infrastructure. It provides guidance and scripts to successfully complete the initial deployment, as well as guidance to maintain the solution within a production environment for subsequent deployments as a part of normal day-to-day operations.
J.C. Hornbeck | Manageability Knowledge Engineer