It’s clear from Hyper-V’s Linux support developments over the last year that Microsoft is serious about supporting and managing Linux. The IC’s were submitted to the Linux kernel, making Microsoft a top 5 contributor. Then we had CentOS distro support – making a lot of people very happy. And now we have a new 3.1 version of the IC’s that adds newer OS version support and more Hyper-V features.
Over in OpsMgr world, guidance for installing Linux agents is placed right up there with guidance for installing Windows agents. I’ve made it no secret that I actually like how the OpsMgr team did OpsMgr 2007 Linux agents (self-serviced cross certification) way more than how they did Windows workgroup agents (flaky MOMCERTIMPORT based on custom x.509 certificate templates).
Microsoft are really taking cross-platform or heterogeneous environments seriously.
Here’s hoping for a Microsoft-written DPM agent for LAMP, and maybe a Microsoft-written ConfigMgr client/agents for Linux too! That would complete the stack and probably help System Center Management Suite sales in those beloved Fortune 1000’s.