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Change in pricing policy should lower MOM's cost

Margie Semilof

IT administrators who use Microsoft's server management software can look forward to spending a little less on the next version when it hits the streets.

The software maker released new pricing last week when it sent its Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 to manufacturing. The software should be available sometime in mid-to-late September.

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A lot of people told us it was just too complicated for them to know when they needed an application management pack.


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of pricing its software per CPU, Microsoft will price MOM by the server, which will probably be less expensive for most companies, said David Hamilton, director of product management in Microsoft's Windows management group.

Hamilton said customers who once purchased a base management pack and a separate management pack for applications will now purchase both with one license. "If you had a two-CPU server and Exchange, you would have needed four licenses," Hamilton said. "Now you only need one license."

Hamilton said the change was in response to customer feedback. "A lot of people told us it was just too complicated for them to know when they needed an application management pack."

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A single server license for MOM will cost $729, a five pack will cost $2,689, and licenses for MOM Workgroup Edition are $499.

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customers do appreciate some of the features that simplify MOM management. Shai Ofek, North American team lead in the Global Distributed Systems Group at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp., in New York, currently has 200 of his 400 OS servers managed by MOM. He said he expects to add the remaining 200 as soon as he receives the release-to-manufacturing code.

"They've built better knowledge into the product," he said. "If you manage a DNS server and it runs Windows 2000, you need to install the [Windows Management Instrumentation] layer for DNS. [MOM 2005] has a link in the knowledge base that tells you exactly what to do. It makes it simple."

In addition to new MOM pricing, Microsoft said it changed the name of its small business MOM from MOM 2005 Express to MOM Workgroup Edition. This version manages up to 10 devices, Microsoft said.

Hamilton said customers who use Microsoft's Systems Management Server desktop management software can look forward to SMS Service Pack 1, as well as two feature packs, later this fall.


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