New OpsMgr AD MP Released!
From the product team:
After a 10 month joint effort between the AD team and the OpsMgr team, we are proud to announce the latest release of the Active Directory Management Pack for Systems Center Operation Manager 2007. This MP has gone through two months of beta in NTDev, MSIT, and TAP Connect. There are 71 TAP customers who downloaded this MP during the beta period. The RTW release of this MP marks a significant milestone not only for our customers but also for us, as evidenced by the successful collaboration between the AD and OpsMgr teams.
This release includes:
- Support for monitoring Windows Server 2008 operating systems on 32-bit and 64-bit servers.
- Improved monitoring of replication, essential services, and time service.
- Multi-forest discovery and improved topology display.
You can find the Active Directory Management Pack in the System Center Operations Manager 2007 Catalog (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=82105)
Changes in This Update
Windows Server 2008 discovery for full Domain Controllers (DC) and Read-Only Domain Controllers (RODC)
Discover the following objects for Windows Server 2008 DC: domains, forests, sites, site links, RODC, Primary Domain Controller (PDC) Emulator, Relative ID (RID) Master and Infrastructure Master and Connection objects.
Windows Server 2008 replication monitoring – multiple Service Level Agreements (SLA), enhanced workflow, and new essential services (NTFRS, DFSR and NTDS).
Multiple SLA feature is performed by creating a group and adding computers to it, then setting an override for the replication monitoring script that is pre-group.
Multiple forest topology discovery and views
Active Directory (AD) multiple forests Topology Discovery is a new feature in this management pack that was added to provide feature parity with the Active Directory Management Pack for Operations Manager 2005 with Service Pack 1 (SP1). In both Active Directory management packs for Operations Manager 2005 (SP1) and Operations Manager 2007 (SP1), to discover other forests, a trust relationship is required between the forest hosting the Operations Manager Root Management Server (RMS) and other forests. Forests that have a two-way transitive trust with the RMS forest will be discovered. The following objects will be created and displayed in the Topology views: Forest, Domain, Site, Site Link, and Replication Connection.
New essential services roll-up models for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2003
The Essential Service health state roll-up was redesigned in Active Directory Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007 SP1 for two reasons:
To add an Overall Essential Service state as the parent health state for all the Essential Services and to present a correct hierarchical entity relationship for DC Availability, Overall Essential Services, and individual Essential Services.
To accurately reflect the dependencies for four essential services: SysVol, Distributed File System (DFS) , NetLogon, and DCLocator.
Implement new reports
Domain Changes and Synchronous Access Mode (SAM) Account Changes for Windows Server 2000, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Server 2008.