(This article was contributed by our co-author on the Operations Manager 2007 Unleashed book, John Joyner.)
Last week, Microsoft released the OpsMgr 2007 resource kit.
It includes a Vista gadget bar. If you run Vista, you can attach a Vista gadget that is like the Red/Yellow/Green state counter toolbar in MOM 2005. This feature complements the OM Console significantly, so much that it makes Vista almost a preferred desktop platform for OM 07 operators. The gadget is displayed below:
To use the gadget, you select the target class or group you are interested in, such as the Computer class or the All Computers group. The top section lists active alerts from that target, you can modify sort order. The bottom section lists the state of the objects in the target class or group. For example, Exchange administrators can run the gadget focused on the Exchange group, to keep a handle on Exchange server events and state.
The next two figures show fly-out views when clicking the Alerts or State section of the gadget, respectively.
(Selecting these figures by clicking on them enlarges them so you can see the detail.)
The gadget can be downloaded from http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=94593 (the System Center Operations Manager TechCenter). You can also get it directly from Microsoft’s download center at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=0f5a060b-635d-4355-b0ac-32ee2943bfd9&DisplayLang=en.