It has been a couple of months since we released the CTP2 release (I had blogged about that here http://www.muscetta.com/2012/06/16/operations-manager-2012-sp1-ctp2-is-out-and-my-teched-na-talk-mgt302/ ) and we have now reached the Beta milestone!
Albeit you might have already seen a number of posts about this last week (i.e. http://blogs.technet.com/b/server-cloud/archive/2012/09/10/system-center-2012-sp1-beta-available-evaluate-with-windows-server-2012.aspx or http://blogs.technet.com/b/momteam/archive/2012/09/11/system-center-2012-service-pack-1-beta-now-available-for-download.aspx), I see the information on the blogs so far didn’t quite explain all the various new features that went into it, and I want to give a better summary specifically about the component that I work on: Operations Manager.
Keep in mind the below is just my personal summary – the official one is here http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj656650.aspx – and it actually does explain these things… but since some OpsMgr community reads a lot of blogs, I wanted to highlight some points of this release.
this is my area and what myself and the team I am in specifically works on – so I personally had the privilege to drive some of this work (not all - some other PMs drove some of this too!)
Audit Collection Services
For the Azure SDK support. Does this include applications running on Azure Hosted Services, or only applications deployed to IIS7/8 running on premise or in Azure Virtual Machines? If it's the latter, are there any plans to offer APM support for Azure hosted applications in the future, or should be we looking at 3rd party solutions?
Adam, right now it is only the former (applications deployed to IIS7/8 or windows services running on premises or in Azure persistent VMs). Yes in the longer run there are plans to support Azure PaaS, of course, but I cannot share any public timeline.
Today there are complexities related to both the channel as well as the deployment and authentication experience, since OM was initially not designed for "elastic" compute, and the "computer"/agent is still a single entity used for authentication.
You can however use the Windows Azure management pack to monitor performance counters and events from those PaaS roles.
How has Microsoft planned to include future supported Network Devices? We cant always wait 1 year or longer for a Service Pack only because we use a new Router Model (no obscure devices, for example Cisco 881 Routers are still not included).
Jürgen, sorry for the late reply, but I was checking with the owner of this feature. Basically the idea is that we moved away from the concept of “certified” and moved to “extended” monitoring – because we’d rather provide the same monitoring capability for all devices that implement interface MIB (RFC 2863) and MIB-II (RFC 1213) standards (which is the majority case) – as opposed to ‘certifying’ one device at a time which is not a scalable method. So, despite the list being updated or not for specific devices that have been "certified" for "advanced" monitoring (such as memory and cpu), if your devices support those standards, they'll be monitored.