Microsoft Releases SQL 2005 Management Pack for MOM 2005
On December 5th, 2005, Microsoft released SQL 2005 Management Pack for MOM 2005. The management pack encapsulates knowledge for proactively monitoring SQL Server 2005 in an enterprise environment. Availability and configuration monitoring, performance data collection, and default thresholds are built for enterprise-level monitoring. Both local and remote connectivity checks help ensure database availability. Download the management pack.
New Management Pack for Microsoft Speech Server
The Microsoft Speech Server (MSS) 2004 R2 MOM Management Pack extends the MOM environment with rules, tasks and knowledge about the operation of MSS. The Management Pack includes 40 event rules for MSS Speech Engine Services, 14 event rules for MSS Telephony Application Services, 39 alert generating rules, 44 performance measuring rules for MSS Speech Engine Services, 15 performance measuring rules for MSS Telephony Application Services, performance threshold rules and tasks. The Management Pack also includes knowledge base text that describes the summary, causes and resolutions of MSS events.
Two New Books for MOM 2005
Chris Fox has written another outstanding book for the tools administrators.The Essential Microsoft Operations Manager (O'Reilly) February 2006 is a comprehensive tutorial gives system administrators a solid foundation for planning, implementing, and administering Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005. Learn how to program MOM so it automates burdensome and lengthy diagnostic tasks, making your life as a troubleshooter easier than ever. Features practical, real-world advice from MOM expert Chris Fox. It is currently available on Amazon but will not be shipped until February.Another book about MOM 2005, SMS 2003 and Microsoft Update written by Tim Kelly, Randy Holloway, and Telmo Sampaio will also be available in February 2006. This book, called Professional MOM 2005, SMS 2003, and Microsoft Update, teaches expert and best practice based security and patch management of Microsoft environments, using any of the three covered Microsoft offerings (Microsoft Operations Manager, Systems Management Server, and Windows Update Service). After detailing installation and configuration of each of the products, it goes beyond these basics to show the methods administrators should implement to keep their systems patched, secure, and up-to-date.