Microsoft Operations Manager, Systems Management Server comparable for Linux

Norm norm at
Wed Jul 12 04:29:24 UTC 2006

Brad thanks for providing the summary of SMS from those other people.  
These 2 features and MS's Active directory seem to be some of the most 
common reasons I hear why many administrators will not move to from MS 
to a Linux or other system.
I have had a chance to do a quick look at  Mike's suggestion of Novell's 
Zenworks; it is to soon to really comment on Zenworks but a quick 
overview looks like it will do the job
Brad Alpert wrote:
> On Tue, 2006-07-11 at 21:36 -0400, Sam Varshavchik wrote:
>> Norm writes:
>>> Is there an application for Linux comparable in its function to the 
>>> Microsoft Operations Manager and Systems Management Server combination 
>>> from Micro$.  I am away that a combination of cron files and scripts 
>>> could do at least much of the same work but to set up such a system in 
>>> this case will take more time and effort than on going on site 
>>> maintenance on each PC.
>> Maybe if you would actually provide a capsule summary of what that product 
>> actually does, you might get some useful pointers.
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> As an old hand of SMS up through 2.0, I can offer some highlights.  The
> comprehensive list of SMS' capabilities is long and this is but a quick
> summary of what springs most readily to mind.
> 1.) Remote control of Windows clients and server desktops
> 2.) SNMP monitoring of administrator-defined traps conditions, with
> alerting to pager, SQL database, user-written script actions, et al.
> 3.) The ability to generate, via Microsoft Installer (actually written
> by Wise), complete application packages with fully customized settings
> appropriate to your enterprise' needs, ready to be pushed out to
> desktops and servers on an individual or group basis, either immediately
> or on a schedule.  The groups may be as amalgamated together by domain,
> IP ranges, or any number of other criteria
> 4.) The ability to query machines for installed software, hardware, BIOS
> versions, software versions, etc. (thousands of things) with results
> written to a SQL database which may then be subjected to reportage with
> the included high-end reporting tool
> 5.) The ability to remotely shadow user sessions and thus, troubleshoot
> application/user problems on the fly without having to journey to the
> desktop
> 6.) The ability to aggregate SMS sites across geographical distance,
> specifying the nature of connectedness appropriate to the bandwidth
> available between the master and remote sites, and manage those remote
> sites from a central location using either local or distributed SQL
> databases, as appropriate.  Such sites can span tens of thousands of
> machines, on various continents, number in the hundreds, and employ a
> variety of physical connection types up the chain back to the master
> site and behave appropriately, given available bandwidth.
> SMS does far more than the things I have briefly listed above.
> Beginning in September, 1999, I was able, single-handedly but using SMS
> 2.0, to bring the more than 500 desktops in our enterprise up to
> certified Y2k compliance with zero support from the desktop group.  This
> is no mean feat:  I calculated that the man-hours that would have been
> required to accomplish this same task numbered in the several thousands.
> SMS is the one Microsoft product with which I truly enjoyed working.
> Hope this helps answer your question.
> Brad Alpert
> MCSE (x 2), Master ASE, CCA
> Total Linux Convert
> Consulting Engineer - Open Source/Solaris
> Results Technology
> Lenexa, KS


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