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SQL Server vNext Replication Management Pack Public Preview

Microsoft has released public preview for SQL Server vNext Replication Management Pack, which is built from the ground up, the monitoring provided by the management pack includes performance, availability, and configuration monitoring, as well as performance and events data collection.

In addition, it also includes dashboards, diagram views, state views, performance views and alert views that enable near real-time diagnostics and remediation of detected issues.

The following list gives an overview of features introduced by System Center Operations Manager Management Pack for SQL Server vNext Replication.

The team notes, full functionality will be available with SQL Server vNext GA.

  • Agentless monitoring is now available along with traditional agent monitoring. Agentless monitoring target is defined by SQL Server vNext Monitoring Pool.
  • Usage of scripts is discontinued in favor of .Net Framework modules.
  • SQL Server Dynamic Management Views and Functions are now used for getting information on health and performance. Previously some of these monitors were using WMI and other system data sources.

The management pack automatically selects the monitoring type used by the management pack for SQL Server vNext to monitor the appropriate SQL Server instance.

Replication objects discovered and monitored by the management pack are as follows: “Distributor, Publisher, Subscriber, Publication, Subscription.”

The public preview can be download over here.

Update 1704 for Configuration Manager Technical Preview Branch now available offfer following new features:

  • Secure Boot inventory data – Hardware inventory can now determine whether the device has Secure Boot enabled (enabled by default).
  • Run Task Sequence step – This is a new step in the task sequence to run another task sequence, which creates a parent-child relationship between two task sequences.
  • Reload boot images with latest Windows PE version – During the “Update Distribution Points” wizard on a boot image, you can now reload the version of Windows PE in the selected boot image.

Additionally, this release also includes improvements for customers using System Center Configuration Manager connected with Microsoft Intune to manage mobile devices: “Android app configuration support– Administrators can create an app configuration policy for Android applications deployed with Google Play.”

For new installations please use the 1703 baseline version of Configuration Manager Technical Preview Branch available on TechNet Evaluation Center.

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