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MOM 2004 Beta 2 Released

Microsoft on Tuesday released an open beta of Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2004, the company's second-generation application management tool which is scheduled for release next summer.

Customers can register for the beta, the second for MOM 2004, at www.microsoft.com/mom/evaluation/future/mom2004beta.asp.

Through the base product and add-on management packs, MOM allows for management of applications and operating system services through event management, proactive monitoring and alerting, reporting and trend analysis. Microsoft originally purchased the technology from NetIQ, which also sells Extended Management Packs (XMPs) for managing applications and platforms not covered by Microsoft.

Enhancements in the 2004 version target rapid deployment, intuitive operation and improved management pack expertise.

After MOM 2004 ships, it will also be sold as part of a suite called Microsoft System Center along with Systems Management Server 2003, Microsoft's latest version of its change and configuration management tool for its own platform. Microsoft's long-range plans call for eventually merging MOM and SMS into a unified Microsoft System Center product covering all enterprise application and system management requirements.

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Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

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