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Essential Microsoft Operations Manager by Chris Fox

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Chapter 2. Designing, Planning, and Implementing MOM 2005

MOM 2005 is easy to install, but you need to make certain design decisions before starting the installation process. If you attempt to implement MOM 2005 without answers to these questions, you’ll have a lot of work to redo down the road. These design decisions are based on the management group structure that you need, which is based on your requirements.

The design process is also known as topology planning . The design of MOM focuses on the management groups and management servers in those groups. It involves the relationships between those groups and the required features and additional servers installed to support those features. The design process includes decisions on redundancy and overall performance.

This chapter goes through the development of a MOM 2005 design and provides sufficient configuration to get you up and running. I’ll provide an example of the MOM planning and deployment efforts at a fictitious company called Leaky Faucet. Leaky Faucet is a plumbing supply manufacturer with 40 to 60 Windows servers and centralized administration, but has distributed offices and services.

Requirement Gathering

The design process starts with finding out what your company needs MOM to do and stating those requirements plainly for all interested parties to review. As you develop the list of requirements, talk to people in IT management and technical roles: business process owners, executive management, and information security. ...

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