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Ops Mgr 2007 R2 Beta 1

Beta 1 of Ops Mgr 2007 R2 has been released to the connect website. You can download the beta there and start evaluating it. On the system center team blog there is a good post about R2 and all the news. Below you can see and read about some of the news in R2. One of the first things I noticed is how fast everything in the console is.

When you import new management packs you can select “Download Management Packs”. With that you can import directly from the system center ops mgr 2007 catalog. The wizard will show you which MPs are in the catalog and if they are newer then the version you have installed.

 

When you right-click an alert you get the option to create a notification based on that alert. It looks almost as the “create rule wizard” in Outlook. There are a number of criteria and conditions you can use when creating a new subscription. 

 

 

Under the Authoring workspace there are a number of new management pack templates, including a couple of Linux and UNIX machines.

 

There are also a number of new objects under management pack objects, for example Service Level Tracking. Service Level Tracking enables you to follow the performance and availability objects/services in your environment. You can create monitors to monitor your commitments, service level objective goals.

 

Under the administration workspace there is a number of news. One of the important features of R2 is support for Unix and Linux servers. When you run the discovery wizard you can now choose to discover Unix and Linux computers. When creating smtp notification channels you can select importance for your notification.

 

On the R2 beta CD there is a new version of the Authoring Console too.


3 Comments

  1. […] As for a good starter R2 seems to fit the bill, after toying around with the SP1 version of Ops Mgr I started getting annoyed over a few minor things.But rejoice, one of the things that puzzled me was the fact that you couldn't subscripe to a single alert like in the good ol' 2005 days, well in R2 they fixed it :)Still one thing missing though: Custom resolution states!Let me explain a bit, see they added the option of creating these custom resolution states which you can put your alerts into, and then somewhere along the line they got the idea that you should allways have a person sitting in front of the Ops Mgr console and manually changing the resolution state of a given alert.In my "imaginary world" you would define which alerts should have which states in the monitor / alert rule, this would make the most sense in my world/head, but Mircosoft apparently didnt like the idea of automation there ;)There is however a workaround for this little annoying issue since you can set resolution states using the Powershell interface on an alert object, it's just an unnessesary level of complexity though.PS: I brought this subject up as I will release my solution on how to integrate OpsMgr with other systems in a pretty generic way for thoose interested All in all, with R2 things look a little brighter and it feels like Microsoft did listen to the feedback they got a long the way.For more reading on the R2 release check out: http://blogs.technet.com/systemcenter/archive/2008/11/20/operations-manager-2007-r2-beta-now-available.aspxandhttp://contoso.se/blog/?p=304 Posted 12-10-2008 17:35 by Søren Larsen Filed under: SCOM, R2, Integration, Powershell, OpsMgr […]

  2. […] I have to say that OpsMgr2007 R2 beta release notes explain the known issues, and I had no trouble whatsoever upgrading the windows part. It just took its time (I am running virtual machines in my test lab, that don't have the best performance), but it went smoothly and without a glitch. In a couple of hours I had everything upgraded: databases, RMS, reporting, agents, gateway. All right then. The new purple icons in System Center look cute, and the new UI has some great stuff, such as a long-awaited way to update your management packs directly from the Internet, better display of Overrides (kind of what we used to rely on Override Explorer for)… and  A LOT more new stuff that I won't be wasting my Sunday writing about since everybody else has already done it two days ago: […]

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