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"Corporate" Blog of Daniele Muscetta, Premier Field Engineer.

How to convert (and fixup) the RedHat RPM to run on Debian/Ubuntu

In an earlier post I had shown how I got the Xplat agent running on Ubuntu. I perfected the technique over time, and what follows is a step-by-step process on how to convert and change the RedHat package to run on Debian/Ubuntu. Of course this is still a hack… but some people asked me to… Read more

SCX Evolutions

During the beta of the Cross-Platform extensions and of System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2, the product team had promised to eventually release the SCX Providers’source code. Now that this promise has been mantained, and the SCX providers have been released on Codeplex at it should be finally possible to entirely build your own… Read more

Installing the OpsMgr 2007 R2 SCX Agent on Ubuntu

You know since the beta1 of Xplat I have been busy with modifying the Redhat management pack and monitor CentOS with OpsMgr. Now, CentOS is a distribution that is pretty similar to RedHat, so the RPM package just runs, and it is only a matter of hacking a modified MP. I never went really further… Read more

Cross Platform in OpsMgr 2007 R2 Release Candidate

You have heard it all over the place, System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 has reached the Release Candidate milestone and the RC bits have been made available on As it is becoming a tradition for me with each new release, I want to take a look at the Unix Monitoring stuff like I… Read more

CentOS discovery in OpsMgr2007 R2 beta

Here we go again. Now that the OpsMgr2007 R2 beta is out, with an improved and revamped version of the System Center Cross Platform Extensions, I faced the issue of how to upgrade my test lab. I have to say that OpsMgr2007 R2 beta release notes explain the known issues, and I had no trouble… Read more