Microsoft MOM v3 – The future of Operations Management

Posted by bink on November 21 2005, 4:32 PM. Posted in Operations Manager (MOM).

Last week a the It Forum in Barcelona I met Gordon McKenna, he is an It Professional specialised in Windows Managment in the UK. He is about to launch a Windows Management Website in the UK in a few monhs. Untill then he can report on, this is his 1st report on Mom v3, tomorow I'll publish an interview he had with the Mom team. thanks Gordon! For the first time at IT Forum in Barcelona las week Microsoft really gave an “under the covers” look to the public of the forthcoming release of their server and application management platform Microsoft Operations Manager codenamed MOM V3.

Some of the major new features of the product were revealed in one of the keynote speeches with a more in depth look at the product roadmap being revealed by MOM group program manager Kelly Altom, in a presentation titled “How MOM is Changing the Face of Operations Management”.

In this presentation Microsoft revealed the major changes to the product architecture along with some of the very exciting new features that are planned for the product due for release at the end of 2006.

One of the key changes is a move away from the server orientated monitoring model of MOM 2005 where applications and services are monitored on each server individually, towards a service orientated model which will allow an applications to be monitored as a single entity across all servers that it has components on, for example a typical Exchange installation may have front end and backend servers as well as bridgehead and mailbox servers that may be spread not only across multiple servers but across multiple sites, with MOM V3 customers will be able to manage this complicated infrastructure as a single service, allowing them to identify problems much easier.

This new approach will allow companies to take a more simplified and holistic view of their critical “Line of Business” applications

MOM V3 will support the following features with its Service Orientated Monitoring model:

• Service State Views.Views that show a traffic light view of a services health at any time.

• Discovery of Service Entities.Automatic discovery of all components that make up an applications infrastructure.

• Topological Views.Hierarchical views of an applications general layout.

• Web Services transaction monitoring.The ability to perform transaction monitoring of a web service from both the inside and outside.

• Test, Pre-production, Production migration.Better support for the migration of rules and configuration from one environment to another to ease transition into production.

• Service discovery rules.The automatic discovery of a service and its entities.

• Alert cause drill down.The ability to quickly drill down to the root cause of an alert aiding time to response.

• Service knowledge and tasks.Much improved service based knowledge with built in tasks that will allow you to quickly and pro-actively respond to issues.

MOM V3 will also see some major improvements in the area of event and performance monitoring, with some interesting announcements around extending MOM to the desktop:

• Rule based collection.Richer options for the collection of data based on specific application needs.

• At scale security event collection for Clients and Servers.Support for the collection of security events and data from both servers and desktops.

• Self tuning performance thresholds.Self learning performance monitoring capabilities that can assess what is the norm for your organisation and adjust thresholds accordingly.

• Client monitoring.More support for desktop based systems that are deemed to be business critical to your organisation, which will include support for Microsoft desktop applications such as Office.

• .Net application monitoring.Better monitoring for issues that arise from .Net applications.

• Detailed reporting with aggregation of data.Expansion on the recently released “MOM Reporting Summary” pack that drastically cuts down on the data that needs to be collected for historical analysis and capacity planning.

Microsoft have also promised that the product will be much more extensible with a full “partner friendly” SDK, and the whole product being scriptable using Monad.There will also be Management Pack modelling tools available a new web console and a major move towards Microsoft DSI strategy with full support for the new SDM model.

Some announcements were also made about improvements to the management pack model which included the following:

• Integration with TechNet.Product knowledge that will allow you to link directly to TechNet articles and resources.

• Schematized knowledgeContext sensitive knowledge based on where you are looking in an application.

• Inline tasks and viewsContext sensitive views and tasks that are instantly available based on the object you are looking at.

• Product team expertiseMore in depth information and technical expertise from each monitored products team.

• Granular Management Pack updatesBetter support for updates to management pack information as well as the inclusion of updates to MOM in Windows Update Services.

Another big announcement was the extension of the MOM to non-windows platforms to provide a foundation for partners to build upon, this includes SNMP device discovery, support for WS-Management hardware management, which is a new management protocol that Microsoft have been working on with hardware manufacturers such as Dell and HP, and built-in “Network Management ready” features.

Microsoft Program Manager Baelson Duque successfully demonstrated some of these features, which included the sending of a message from MOM V3 to the warning dialogue screen on a physical piece of hardware.tomorow Interview with MOM team.