There is sometimes so much information to digest that you miss these announcements, so I am a bit late to the party, but this is awesome none the less. Announced at the Microsoft Management Summit 2008 in Las Vegas was the new functionality for System Center Operations Manager 2007 enabled through a technology called Cross Platform Extensions Beta. This feature enables systems administrators to manage their Unix/Linux servers in their IT environment. The subsequent blog post iterates the following benefits that this delivers to an organization;

  • Improves service levels across Microsoft, Unix and Linux platforms.
  • Enables administrators to more easily manage cross-platform environments.
  • Accelerates incident resolution through expert knowledge issues and causes.
  • Enables detailed heterogeneous performance analysis and reporting.
  • Automates routine administration for non-Microsoft platforms
  • Nexus SC: The System Center Team Blog : Operations Manager 2007 goes CROSS Platform!

    Jump in to the link above to get more details, but this is an exciting move forward to making a heterogeneous environment that more manageable.