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Ops Mgr 2007 R2 RC at Connect

Yesterday Microsoft announced the availability of the Ops Mgr 2007 R2 RC (Release Candidate) on Connect.

News in this release are:

-New Power Management MP template (the monitored system must be either Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows 7)
-Updated branding across all user interfaces, including a new skin (dark/black)
-Improved trace configuration tools to help support issues escalated to Customer Support (if applicable)
-Improved Run As Account Distribution Configuration
-Ability to run in-line tasks for non-Microsoft servers
-Support for upgrade from Beta deployments to the Release Candidate
-New and updated documentation, including the Usage Guide, Design Guide, Deployment Guide, Upgrade Guide, Security Guide, and Operations Guide

The RC should be upgradeable to the RTM version once that is available, but since this is a test version, do not run it in a production environment unless you have made special arrangements with Microsoft.

more info at the team blog here

In the release candidate documents there are also some news for example design documentation how to monitor non Microsoft devices and also info about the new security alternative for accounts. There is a new document named “Reporting Deployment and Usage Troubleshooting”, including several common configuration and usage issues that can cause Operations Manager Reporting errors. This document addresses the most common issues, solutions to those issues and tools that you can use to resolve these problems. The security guide includes some good info about “Authentication and Data Encryption for UNIX and Linux Operating Systems” works, also some good pictures how discovery works for non-Windows machines. The deployment guide has been updated with information how to install on Windows Server 2008 and SQL 2008.

In the “Supported configuration” document there are also some intresting info

Computers other than Windows-based computers per dedicated management server: 200
Computers other than Windows-based computers per management group: 500
Monitorable Operating Systems Other Then Windows
.AIX 5.3 (Power), 6.1 (Power)
.HP-UX 11iv2 (PA-RISC and IA64) and 11iv3 (PA-RISC and IA64)
.Red Hat Enterprise Server 4 (x64 and x86) and 5 (x64 and x86)
.Solaris 8 (SPARC), 9 (SPARC) and 10 (SPARC and X86 versions later than 120012-14)
.SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 (x86) and 10 SP1 (x86 and X64)

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