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After the release of System Center 2012 SP1 on Technet and MSDN before Christmas which is kind of unofficial release it is time for the official one. There is a rumor that tomorrow (04.01.2013) Microsoft will officially announce Service Pack 1 for System Center 2012. As a hint for this official announcement is that several additional components for SC 2012 SP1 were updated from Beta to RTM today. Here you can find them:
Note: Some of the components may still have BETA word in their names but if you see the change log on the webpage you will see that final version was uploaded.
IBM has released a new tool to integrate with System Center 2012 component. IBM Inventory Tool for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager, Version 1.0 allows SCCM to collect IBM specific hardware inventory of IBM system x or x86 Blade servers, so administrators can view these IBM specific hardware inventory information in SCCM environment. Such tool exists for HP hardware for a long time so IBM is trying to advance in the rivalry.
Key features include:
- Support of Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007/2012
- Automatically create IBM Inventory Tool Client as SCCM software distribution package
- Automatically add IBM Inventory Classes to SCCM server
- Support Multilanguage: English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Brazilian, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese
You can download the tool from here.
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This just release new version of IBM Hardware MP adds support to monitor IBM System x Servers and Blades and BladeCenter Chassis with System Center Operations Manager 2012. Key features of this MP are:
- Support Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2012
- Extensive monitoring of the health of hardware components for IBM System x servers and BladeCenter x86/x64 blades running Windows
- Rich monitoring of the health of BladeCenter chassis and BladeCenter modules via the SNMP protocol
- Comprehensive monitoring of the health of software stacks for managing IBM hardware
- Easy determination of overall system health by the aggregation of hardware health monitors
The following additional features are part of the IBM Upward Integration for Microsoft System Center. Activation licenses can be purchased by contacting your IBM representative or an IBM Business Partner.
- Power Monitoring of UEFI/IMM System X Servers and Blades running Windows 2008 & R2. Offers the ability to monitor overall system power usage, and generates alerts when power consumption rises above predefined consumption thresholds
- BladeCenter and Blade hardware health correlation and event propagation providing BladeCenter specific hardware health condition monitoring under the Windows health explorer view.
- Remote power on and off of Blades Servers via the Operations Manager console.
- Hardware Management Software Configuration Advisor for IBM Systems detects the presence of IBM Hardware MP software dependencies in order to make appropriate configuration recommendations.
- Set custom power consumption thresholds for Power Monitoring alerts via Operations Manager Agent task
- Enable Power Capping and set the maximum power consumption wattage via Operation Manage Agent task
Continuing my previous post about Microsoft and Linux interoperability here is another interesting download. Linux Foundation published videos and slides from their annual summit. One of the sessions on the summit is named
Microsoft’s Journey to the Linux Kernel presented by Tom Hanrahan and Ky Srinivasan. From the slides it seems it was very interesting presentation. The most interesting part is that Microsoft is the fifth largest contributor to Linux kernel 3.0 after Red Hat, Intel, Novell and IBM,
You can download the slides form the link below.