I’m not at MMS this year unfortunately — and not just because it’s once again being held in Las Vegas! Still, there’s plenty of news to report surrounding Microsoft’s System Center suite this week. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s been making headlines:
- Operations Manager now supports Linux and Unix
As one analyst put it, lack of interoperability has been one of the most common criticisms of System Center. It looks like Microsoft has finally resolved this by including native Linux and Unix support to the RC for Operations Manager 2007 R2, which was released this week.
- Service Manager will arrive soon (for real this time)
It appears the beta for the long-awaited System Center Service Manager product will be out by the fall. The big news here involves the Service Manager portal, with was removed from beta 1 but seems to be back and better than ever this time around. According to a post from Microsoft Program Manager Dan Boldo, the company has spent the last few months rebuilding the portal “from the ground up”, and the second beta will include the ability to view global anouncements, create and view service requests and reset passwords via Identity Lifecycle Manager, among other things.
This one comes from Information Week. During his keynote, Brad Anderson, general manager of Microsoft’s Management and Services Division, announced the development of System Center Online Desktop Manager. The tool is being desinged to integrate security and management in a way that will provide desktop management in the form of a service. A CTP will be available within 60 days, with a public beta due out before the end of the year. Once people start playing around with this I’ll post again with the initial reactions.