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After a year of misery I'm looking for a product that will replace OPManager MSP edition .

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Hi,
I am currently using OPManager MSP edition and not pleased with it and I looking for a product that can replace him. I'm looking for the same features as in OPManager MSP edition but more reliable and with the ability to hand out network maps.
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solution I have come across that meets most of the goals you are trying to accomplish is WhatsUp Professional Premium by IpSwitch (http://www.ipswitch.com/products/whatsup/professional/index.asp?t=core_features).  This product monitors all of the things you are asking for above, has built in alerting via cell phone, pager, email, etc. And also allows for remote access via built in webserver or IIS.  The new version even allows you to connect to a SQL DB to store monitoring data for historial tracking.  I think the only thing missing is the Config Management.

I have also had experience using Microsoft MOM and SMS, which are both up for new versions in the next year. http://www.microsoft.com/mom/default.mspx and http://www.microsoft.com/smserver/default.mspx.  Both are great products and will also do alot of what you need.  However, they are both expensive if you are not a MS Partner, and both require quite a bit of time and knowledge to setup and maintain.


 if you plan on going with MOM and SMS, wait till version 2007 of both come out.  MOM is currently in RC2 and SMS which will soon be known as Systems Center Configuration Manager is in late Beta.  At least for MOM there will be no upgrade path from 2003 to 2007 - this is due to the amount of changes they are making to the product.

With both new products though, the installation/integration process will be much more simplified in 2007, the user interface much more intuative, and the feature sets much more robust.  And I believe they are planning on releasing both systems together as a single package option.

SMS will give you the ability to track software and hardware, deploy software and patches, and customize reports based on anything you want to see.  MOM will give you the remainder of the features you are requesting including monitoring, management, alerting, and remote access via SQL Server Reporting Services.
If you would like a couple more recommendations or would like to know specifics about any of these products, please let me know and I can ellaborate.
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Thank you for suggestion
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