Managing Your Entire World - Tech Focus November 2009 Part 3
Alan Le Marquand
In the previous two posts the focus was on management of Microsoft Windows based products, either in a physical or virtual configuration, by using the System Center products. However, the modern datacentre is not all Windows based servers and contains a variety of different hosts that all require management. IT Departments therefore look for tools that can simplify this heterogeneous management task.
For a number of years Microsoft’s management product, Operations Manager concentrated on just the Windows environment. With the release of System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 new functionality built into the product along with partnerships with key vendors now extend its capabilities beyond just Windows based servers.
The cross-platform functionality (no longer available) that is built into Operations Manager 2007 R2 now supports monitoring of the following operating systems:
What this now means is that from the Operations Manager 2007 R2 console you are able to see the state of these servers and perform remediation on them if issues are reported.
As well as providing built-in functionality to monitor non-Windows environments, Operations Manager 2007 R2 Connectors (no longer available) provide a method of alert forwarding to remote systems, such as an Enterprise Management System (EMS). These connectors are two way, so even after Operations Manager 2007 R2 forwards an alert to a remote system, the alert data is synchronized throughout the lifetime of the alert. The result of this data synchronization is a robust and seamless systems management environment. Such an environment enables cross-organization support processes to take advantage of the resources and strengths of formerly independent support groups.
Currently Available Connectors
These connectors coupled with the cross-platform extensions now go some way to enabling IT Departments to monitor their entire data center from one console.
*This connector can be installed and configured for potentially any remote system that is hosted on a Windows system or on a supported UNIX system.