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System Center Service Manager: Licensing Revealed

10:00 am in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

Hey All,

Microsoft has released information about their licensing model for System Center Service Manager…

SCSM will be part of the SMSE and SMSD suites.

For more information:

http://systemcenterguide.com/2010/02/18/licensing-for-service-manager-2010-revealed/

http://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/en/us/management-suites-faq.aspx

Cheers,

Mike

System Center: Integration Software from Dell

1:40 pm in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

Hey all,

You probably noticed that it has been quite silently here on this blog, mostly because the SCUG team allowed me to post the DPM blogs straight to the SCDPM blog of SCUG.  (Thanks again for that guys…)

But this doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten about my own little blog, and today I’m going to discuss a recently posted announcement from Dell

The Press Release dates from 16 February 2010:

Dell Helps Customers Efficiently Deploy, Update and Monitor IT Resources For Enterprises Using Microsoft System Center

Original release can be found here: http://content.dell.com/us/en/corp/d/press-releases/2010-2-16-dell-ms-integration-tools.aspx

With a title like that, it had to draw my attention :-).  Anyway, I decided to read on and see what they actually have done.

Basically, Dell has released a set of software tools that integrate directly into the system center suite from Microsoft, and they do that at no charge for Dell customers.  Now this is good news!  The more integration you can have into one platform, the easier it is to work and the bigger the return on investment.  So I continued to read and see what they had to offer.

Most of the tools you will probably know already.  Actually all tools are already out there for a while.  Why Dell now comes with this press release is a mystery for me, but still, the importance of the press release is big.

By announcing it to the world, Dell has committed itself to deliver add-ons for the System Center Suite from Microsoft.  And I’m quite sure that other hardware vendors will come out with integration tools also.  Again, this is not really new, since Dell and HP and IBM and … already are doing this for a longer period, but it could step-up the speed for more integration tools into the System Center Suite.  And preferably free of course ;-).  And this is something I can only like.

So what has Dell for us to offer?

1. Dell Management Pack for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (link)

This management pack is @ release 4.0, A00 dated from 31 august 2009 and monitors the status of Dell PowerEdge / PowerVault Servers, Dell Remote Access Controllers (DRAC) and Chassis Management Controllers (CMC) on a defined network segment.

It is supported on SCOM 2007 SP1 / R2 and SCE 2007 SP1

2. Dell MD Storage Array Management Pack Suite for System Center Operations Manager (link)

Also @ release 4.0, A00 dated from 18 January 2010.  The management pack allows SCOM SP1 / R2 and SCE 2007 SP1 to discover, monitor and give the status of Dell MD Storage Arrays (MD3000, MD3000i, MD1000 daisy chained to MD3000 or 3000i)

3. Dell Client Management Pack for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (link)

Release 4.0, A00 dated from 26 October 2009. This Management Pack allows SCOM SP1 / R2 and SCE 2007 SP1 to discover, monitor and give the status of Dell Business Client Computers.

4. Dell Printer Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager (link)

Release 4.0, A00 dated from 11 November 2009.   

The Dell Printer Management Pack v4.0 enables System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) R2/SP1 and System Center Essentials (SCE) SP1 to Discover, Monitor and accurately depict the status of Dell Printers on a defined network segment.

5. Dell Server Deployment Pack for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (link)

Release 1.1, A00 dated from 17 July 2009

The Dell Server Deployment Pack is an easy-to-use graphical user interface (GUI) based tool that integrates directly into the Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 (ConfigMgr) console.
It eliminates the need for command-line tools and scripts normally used in the DTK. To configure and deploy your Dell systems, you need to select configuration options and commands on the GUI using drop-down lists and check boxes. This makes your system deployment an easy, automated task.

6. Dell ConfigMgr – DLC Plugin (link)

Released 30 October 2009, version A00

The Dell Lifecycle Controller Integration for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager v 1.0 allows customers to simplify and improve their Operating Systems Deployment experience on Dell Servers. Combining the capabilities of our embedded Lifecycle Controller (LC 1.2), the Dell Server Deployment Pack (DSDP 1.1) for ConfigMgr and the Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC6), Dell is positioned to offer a very powerful remote provisioning solution to MS ConfigMgr users.

7. Dell Client Deployment Pack for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 (link)

Version 1.1, A01 and released @ 18 December 2009.

Dell Client Deployment Plugin Installer pack installed as an add-on to Microsoft ConfigMgr 2007 SP2 helps administrators simplify the image deployment process on Dell Systems in their Enterprise Environment. With the plug-in installed, the end user will be able to use the capabilities to:-
1. Import drivers packs released in ‘CAB’ format from Dell Support Website
2. Create Windows Vista and XP Deployment task sequence
3. Remotely Configure BIOS using Client Configuration Toolkit

8. Dell Server PRO Management Pack for Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 (link)

Released @ 29 December 2009, version 2.0, A00

Dell PRO enabled Management Pack’s integration with System Center Virtual Machine Manager(SCVMM) 2008, R2 and SCOM 2007 SP1, R2 or SCE 2007 SP1 enable customers with effective management of Dell Virtualized Server Hardware with PRO. It enables remedial action/recommendation, such as migration of Virtual Machines and placing the host into Restrict mode, based on alerts generated by the host with workloads running in a Hyper-V based Virtualized Environment.

 

Need more information?

Make sure you go to http://www.dell.com/content/topics/global.aspx/sitelets/solutions/management/microsoft_sms?c=us&cs=555&l=en&s=biz and find the information you need.

 

Conclusion:

I already worked with most of the tools that Dell delivered for System Center, but the first versions contained many issues.  But many of these issues are out now, and the tools are getting better with each version.  So I certainly advise everybody to try them out if you are having Dell hardware running in your environment.

I also hope that more vendors will release tools such as Dell, and I’m not only talking about the major hardware vendors, but also vendors such as 3Com, Cisco, Juniper and so on are hopefully getting the picture. The more integration into one suite of management tools, the more easier it will be for the system administrators to effectively monitor their environments in a pro-active way, and not do the fire fighting which many of us know, still do or have done.  And even further, it will allow for system administrators to get closer to the much wanted dynamic data center… But more on that topic later.

Just my thoughts…

Cheers,

Mike

System Center Capacity Planner discontinued

12:36 pm in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

Today, Microsoft announced the End-Of-Life for System Center Capacity Planner.

More information can be found @ http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sccp/default.aspx

Capacity planning will be provided in the future through dedicated resources

Cheers,

Mike