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Recently I began studying for the 70-400, System Center Operations Manager 2007, Configuration. Before I was told that we needed someone certified in SCOM I didn't even know what it was! I began like every student does. I went to I learned that this was a very powerful tool that Microsoft has developed which is part of the System Center product line. This particular piece of software focuses on monitoring and recovery of systems. So instead of realizing that a server is offline, you will be alerted when system alerts start going funky to maybe stop it!

Once I knew I needed to learn about this product I figured I would try finding a good book. So I headed over to and searched for System Center Operations Manager. The results returned with a TON of books. So I went reading through some of the reviews and decided I was going to purchase Systems Center Operations Manager 2007 Unleashed by Kerrie Meyler, Cameron Fuller, John Joyner and Andy Dominey.

This is one of the most complete books on System Center Operations Manager 2007 I've ever read! I was shocked at how in-depth this book goes and I still haven't finished it because I lent it to another co-worker who is also trying to get this certification.

While my co-worker is using the book I needed to find another resource. So luckily I am a student so I had access to the IUPUI library which gives me access to Book 24x7. On Books 24x7 I found Mastering System Center Operations Manager 2007 by Brad Price, John Paul Mueller and Scott Fenstermacher. This is another good book, it doesn't go into as much depth however it does cover quit a bit of content on SCOM 2007.

Aside from these two books my primary resource has been Technet ( On there you can find hands on labs which in my experience were kind of sluggish. They also have some videos with presenters talking about different aspects of SCOM.

Neither of these books focuses on SCOM 2007 R2 which is the current edition, however when I purchased the first book I noticed it suggested you read the original first because the R2 was just supplemental. Overall within a couple of weeks of reading these two books I feel like I have a great grasp on SCOM 2007 and I plan on taking the Certification test soon.

Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 9:45 PM Certifications | Back to top

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