Microsoft just released System Center Operations Manager 2007, the successor of MOM 2005. When I first read the new name, SCOM 2007, I was somewhat surprised. I don't know anything about marketing, but isn't it a bit too close to "scam"? But when I accessed the download page today, I saw that Microsoft seems to prefer the abbreviation "OpsMgr 2007". At least, this is what they use as the HTML title of the page (see title bar of your browser). Anyway, I think most will use SCOM 2007. So, what are its new features?

The three most interesting new features are in my view:

Service-Oriented Monitoring: Allows you to monitor distributed applications; with the Distributed Application Designer tool you can define how various applications running on different servers relate to each other to make up an end-to-end service.

Active Directory Integration: Helps you to deploy the SCOM agent more easily.

Agentless Exception Monitoring (AEM): Collects information about errors across the enterprise.

There are many more new features, though. All in all, it seems to me that SCOM 2007 is a new product with a completely new user interface. According to this eWeek article, you can't even upgrade MOM 2005. However, you can use MOM 2005 Management Packs.

If you want to know more about the new features of SCOM 2007, you might find these sites interesting for further reading:

On SCOMs homepage, I found a Word document dedicated to this purpose. Unfortunately, I didn't understand all of its content. I really have a problem with marketing texts. Even if I have been using the software for many years, I often don't understand them.

The "what's new text" in the Operations Manager 2007 wiki is a bit better, although, it seems to me that it sometimes not clear which features were already included in MOM 2005. For example, didn't MOM already support SNMP? By the way, they also use "OpsMgr" as abbreviation.

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I also found this Microsoft Technet article useful, and this blog post of Ian Blyth.

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