Microsoft Operations Manager
We love our MOM. This is a great technology, this is a great product. It’s been on the market since October of last year. There is great customer feedback that we’re getting, we’re very excited about the number of customers that are running Microsoft Operations Manager in production today, the number of new customers that signed up to run Microsoft Operations Manager since the product was shipped in October of last year and most importantly the market share of a product that came from behind, a product that came from essentially nowhere to now generates approximately 20 percent market share in the industry.
Microsoft Operations Manager is a very significant element of Dynamic Systems Initiative. Microsoft Operations Manager is what helps us and our industry partners today to take the knowledge about how our systems and our industry partner systems need to be run and operated, put that knowledge into models and deliver it to you in the form of MOM management packs, and that dramatically increases operational efficiencies through delivering this knowledge, through getting this knowledge.
MOM 2005 also has a continuous investment model where basically while the core technology of MOM was shipped last year we continue to innovate and industry partners continue to innovate by delivering those management packs to you on an ongoing basis.
In the last two weeks we announced eight additional management packs for MOM 2005. We made them available for download and we’re essentially announcing them at this conference. Some of those management packs target very specific technologies within the Windows and Microsoft product portfolio. Two of them I want to highlight because they really position Microsoft Operations Manager in the new light and really enable you to use this existing technology for two new scenarios.
First of all, we’ve extended Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 and enabled it to monitor mission critical desktops in your organization. The fact that MOM 2005 agents is very lightweight technology essentially enabled us to capitalize on that and give us the opportunity to deliver the management pack for XP to take advantage of the capabilities.
We also delivered a management pack for monitoring of Web sites and Web Services. This is essentially our implementation of synthetic transition technology, technology that continuously pings the Web site and gives you an idea of how the end users will experience the performance of that Web site.
Now, I realize many vendors in the industry would deliver these technologies to you for a significant premium beyond and above what you’re being charged for systems management. With MOM 2005 pricing and licensing model you just get these technologies with a base Microsoft Operations Manager license, which makes it the most cost effective solution in the industry.
I’m also very excited, very, very excited about the ecosystem of partners that came around to work with us on MOM. There are many of the announcements that are happening at this conference today; in fact, approximately 25 partners come together and make significant announcements on their investment to work with us to deliver complete solutions to all of you.
One of those announcements I want to highlight here. This announcement comes from a relatively small company called AVIcode. And what they’re delivering and they will be delivering later this year is a solution built on top of Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 to help you monitor custom .NET applications. This solution will come in the form of a management pack for MOM and then AVIcode will deliver extensive solutions to build on top of that to allow you to diagnose your applications.
So very exciting deliverables in the MOM area, very great things that are happening and continuous investment that will help you get even more value out of MOM 2005.
This weekend I decided to figure this integration out. My virtual lab consisted of:
Windows 2003 Domain Controller
Windows 2003 Server with SQL 2000 SP3a
Windows 2003 Server with MOM 2005, SQL Reporting Services, Share Point Portal Server (SPS) 2003 (evaluation version)
I kind of struggled to get SPS 2003 set up. Install was not that big of a deal, but learning how to create a portal was somewhat time consuming (because I didn’t want to read the manual). After I got the portal set up I knew I was ready to install the web parts from the MOM 2005 Resource Kit.
I installed the package without any problems and then went to my portal to add the web part. It would not allow my web part to be added. I forgot to set the configuration for my portal to be "trust=FULL". The resource kit documentation explains what file you have to modify for this to work, but I had over looked it. After I did the modification I was able to add the web part.
When you add the web part it asks you to do some customization of the presentation. I was anxious to see how it looked, so I filled in what I needed and checked several boxes (checking boxes is so easy!). After I applied my changes I was able to see my alerts in SPS. You can even click on the alert and it will bring up the image from the web console if you have it installed. It’s read only, but you can look through all the tabs that the alert has. Very neat!
The MOM 2005 web part is perfect if you want to present your alerts to management or business units who rely on your applications or services. If a NOC or Help Desk does not have any direct access to your MOM consoles, then this is also a great way to display that information so that multiple people can view what is going on in MOM without hitting that 15 console connection limit (recommended max console connections by MSFT in order to preserve MOM performance).
My setup was purely for proof of concept. There are probably more secure and better designs for doing this if deploying into a production environment. Nonetheless, it is possible the way I did it and it works just fine. The nice thing about this web part is that it can probably be tuned and added on to so that you can create a nice executive dashboard and get that bonus you probably deserve!
Microsoft will also release MOM Sizer 4.0 in August, the sizer is an excel sheet helping you to calculate en plan the deployment of MOM 2005. The 4.0 sizer now also includes reporting.
Microsoft also announced a new warehouse aggregation solution, it scales down wharehouse 80% smaller, allowing to keep 5-8 weeks without loosing data.