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Third Party Management Packs Bow For MOM 2005

Several third-party vendors announced management packs and other products that support Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 at Microsoft’s IT Forum event this week in Barcelona, Spain.

Among those announcing support for MOM 2005 were AppMind Software, Citrix Systems, Jalasoft, nworks, and Quest Software.

Management packs are designed to streamline administration, improve systems availability and lower costs by enabling managers to view events and graphs as well as monitor non-Windows operating systems and applications through a common MOM 2005 interface.

Microsoft released MOM 2005 a little more than a year ago. New with MOM 2005 were a redesigned interface that looks more like Outlook, an operator console, auto alert resolution, nested computer groups, diagram views, agentless monitoring and 64-bit agent support.

AppMind version 3.8 now officially supports Sun Solaris on x86 and VMware ESX along with HP-UX, Solaris SPARC, Linux and OpenVMS. Version 3.8 also lets administrators perform central configuration, management and deployment to non-Windows systems from the MOM 2005 server.

Citrix Systems announced it is shipping Citrix Presentation Server Management Pack for MOM 2005. The newest version works in conjunction with MOM to monitor deployments of current and prior versions of Presentation Server from a single point of management.

Jalasoft announced it is readying Xian Network Manager version 3, which aims to enable network vendors to automatically generate management packs for MOM 2005, simplifying the creation of device-specific management packs. The product is an add-on that works with Visual Studio 2005.

Vendor nworks announced its VMware Management Pack for MOM 2005, which provides automated VMware ESX Server monitoring from MOM 2005. The product provides agent-less management and monitoring of more than 100 ESX Server and virtual machine metrics, as well as of root and virtual file system free space.

Quest Software, meanwhile, announced version 1.0 of Vintela Systems Monitor, which extends MOM 2005 to Unix and Linux systems. Quest purchased Vintela earlier this year.

About the Author

Stuart J. Johnston has covered technology, especially Microsoft, since February 1988 for InfoWorld, Computerworld, Information Week, and PC World, as well as for Enterprise Developer, XML & Web Services, and .NET magazines.

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