Microsoft OpsMgr R2 release candidate available today, will ship end of June

The next version, Release 2, of Microsoft's System Center Operations Manager 2007 will be available by the end of June, Microsoft says, and today Microsoft released its final "beta" version of the product, available for download on TechNet. (Microsoft Subnet blogger Kerrie Meyler has a rundown of the coolest new features in R2.) OpsMgr will support Linux and Unix through OpenPegasus, an open-source implementation of the Distributed Management Task Force's Common Information Model, however third-parties are also beefing up OpsMgr in the classic way, through management packs.

BridgeWays, for instance, has today released a set of Systems Center management packs that allow OpsMgr R2 to manage VMware ESX/ESXi virtual servers. The product line will also soon include OpsMgr management packs for mission critical apps running on Linux and Unix.

The VMware management pack performs discovery of components including clusters, hosts, resource pools, networks and datastores, says the company. It monitors a virtual machine's performance metrics such as CPU, memory, storage, network, resource pools and it reports on infrastructure health, resource usage and error event summaries.

BridgeWays has also created management packs for the Oracle database, MySQL database, and JBoss application server running on Red Hat Enterprise Server, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, Solaris and Windows. These will be released when R2 becomes available. Also planned for that time is an Apache Web server management pack for Red Hat, SUSE and Solaris. Xandros is talking up the fact that these extensions were created in collaboration with Microsoft.

These service packs are not open source. The general price for the add-ons when they become available is $495 per server (allowing up to 2 CPUs per server). The VMware pack is priced at $495 per CPU and the price for the Oracle pack will be $1,495 per machine (up to 2 CPUs).

Visit the BridgeWays Web site to download a trial version.

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