Microsoft Automates Server Deployment - Page 2
The first implementation of SDM will be delivered in the next version of Microsofts Visual Studio development tool, due early next year. Following that release will be an SDM implementation in Microsoft Operations Manager 2004, due next summer, and then in the forthcoming Systems Center suite. "From here forward, any new things not in the final stages of development will be in the SDM view of the world," said Valentine of the company-wide initiative.Toward that end, a handful of Microsoft partners voiced support of the initiative and pledged to integrate with the ADS. Those vendors include Hewlett-Packard Corp., which intends to integrate its ProLiant Essentials Smart Scripting Kit with ADS; Computer Associates International Inc., which will integrate its Unicenter enterprise management tools with ADS to enhance Windows server provisioning; as well as Opsware Inc. and Consera Software Corp. "We will be able to use ADS with Opsware to provision bare metal Windows systems. It gives us more information on how the system is configured than whats in the standard Windows registry. It will give us access to additional (Dynamic Link Libraries) and system files," said Sharmilla Shahani, senior vice president of marketing at Opsware in San Jose, Calif. But Opsware is taking more of a wait-and-see approach to the SDM. "Microsoft is really trying to specify a new standard. Its success will depend on how well it is adopted. We need to see development momentum around its adoption," she said. For users attending the Microsoft presentations on its DSI vision at the conference, the proof will be in the products. "Im still trying to figure out what it means. When it evolves into a product, well clearly understand it," said Michael Niehaus, IT consultant at Marathon Oil Company in Houston. With the long delivery cycles in Microsoft management products such as Systems Management Server 2003formerly called Topaz and over two years in comingpatience will be key. Despite multiple shipment delays, Kirill Tatarinov, corporate vice president of the Enterprise Management Division promised that Beta 2 of the release will ship on schedule in April and will be generally available in September. Next year Microsoft will also deliver a new SMS feature pack that will provide image-based provisioning. Symantec and Powerquest will integrate with the feature pack, he added.
Microsoft will also promote adoption of the SDM schema among third-party developers, including hardware OEMs, management software providers, smaller data center management tools vendors as well as systems integrators, according to Eric Berg, product manager for Windows .NET server marketing in Redmond.