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MOM Released to Manufacturing

Microsoft Corp. this week released to manufacturing its Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2000, a consolidated management environment for data centers based on Microsoft Windows 2000 servers and .NET family applications.

MOM 2000 is said to bolster management of Windows 2000 in distributed environments - primarily by dint of a consolidated facility for event and performance management and monitoring - and to enhance the administration of Microsoft's Active Directory enterprise directory services.

Management and monitoring of system and application events has for years been the bane of administrators in distributed Windows environments.

Consequently, enterprise IT organizations have traditionally relied upon third-party products to facilitate such a task in Windows NT 4.0 and, more recently, in Windows 2000. MOM 2000 changes all of that.

Under the terms of a technology cross-licensing agreement that it signed with NetIQ Corp. in October 2000, Microsoft was permitted to incorporate technology from NetIQ's Operations Manager systems management environment into the MOM 2000 product to facilitate distributed event management and monitoring.

In addition to its sorely needed distributed event management capabilities, MOM 2000 is said to bolster management of other integrated Windows 2000 services, including Terminal Services, MSMQ, MSDTC, WINS and RRAS.

Finally, Microsoft says that MOM 2000 boosts management of its .NET family of servers, including Exchange 2000 Server and SQL Server 2000, and of erstwhile BackOffice platforms as SMS Server, SNA Server and Proxy Server.

MOM 2000 ships with support for so-called "Management Packs," which Microsoft says will provide event and performance intelligence - including canned information about and responses to system and application events - for Windows applications.

For its part, NetIQ is slated to provide as many as 12 Extended Management Packs (XMP) for third-party applications. XMPs are expected to be available for as many 25 different applications from vendors such as Oracle Corp., Sun Microsystems Inc. and Novell Corp. – Stephen Swoyer

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