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MOM Gets Double Boost

Microsoft Operations Manager 2000 or MOM, the newly released event monitoring software for easing management of distributed Windows 2000 environments, got two boosts Monday.

NetIQ Corp. shipped its MOM Extended Management Packs (XMPs), and Microsoft Corp. said its MOM Application Management Packs will be released to manufacturing this week.

MOM became generally available in July. The technology, which Microsoft licensed from NetIQ, allows for centralized event collection from and monitoring of Windows 2000 Servers, the Active Directory and Internet Information Services 5.0.

Microsoft's Application Management Packs will extend MOM monitoring capabilities to .NET Enterprise Servers, including SQL Server 2000 and Exchange 2000. Pricing for MOM is $850 per managed processor, while the application management packs cost an additional $950 per managed processor.

NetIQ shipped 13 XMPs instead of the 12 the company originally promised. In some cases the XMPs give MOM-using administrators visibility into operating systems and applications not natively supported by MOM. The XMPs cover Oracle RDBMS, Web Services, AntiVirus, Server Hardware, Windows NT 4 Servers, and Microsoft Applications on Windows NT 4.

In other cases -- XMP for Microsoft Windows 2000 Servers and XMP for Microsoft Applications on Windows 2000 -- the NetIQ XMPs provide enhanced data analytics and reporting functionality on servers and applications Microsoft does cover with MOM or the Application Management Packs.

NetIQ also ships XMPs called XMP Connectors, which integrates MOM 2000 with other management frameworks. XMP Connectors cover Tivoli Enterprise, Micromuse Netcool/OMNIbus, HP Open View VantagePoint Operations, NetIQ AppManager, and End2End, which is NetIQ's networked application performance monitor product.

In an effort to extend MOM management capabilities to other platforms, NetIQ will make beta versions of XMPs for Solaris and Novell NetWare available this week. The XMPs are intended for primarily Windows shops that have, for example, a few Solaris boxes running databases or Web servers that need to be monitored.

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Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

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