Yesterday, Microsoft issued the second beta of its next-generation software-management server product, Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2004, and opened the beta to all its customers. According to the company, MOM 2004 improves the MOM product in three core areas: rapid deployment, intuitive operation, and improved Management Pack expertise. The product also includes new tools to help track and resolve problems, a friendlier management-console interface, and a Management Pack add-on capability that helps the product adapt quickly to new technologies.
MOM and Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) make up Microsoft's management suite; the latter is a Change and Configuration Management (CCM) server that provides software and security-patch deployment and asset management. Microsoft is designing MOM and SMS to offer an integrated management solution that the company will eventually offer as a single software product called Microsoft System Center.
Potential testers can sign up to receive and evaluate MOM 2004 beta 2. Visit the Microsoft Web site for more information about the beta.