On of the things I love to do in IT is connect systems that were not designed to communicate with each other. This is one of the reasons that I was pretty exited when Microsoft introduced cross platform capabilities in OpsMgr. Because recently the cross platform agent has been redesigned to work with a super light weight agent (OMI) on UX like systems, I thought it would be a worthwhile exercise to explore it in a bit more detail. Now what would be a fun project for exploring this topic? Well… what about monitoring my girlfriends Apple Mac 🙂

This is the first part of creating a management pack for the latest version of Apple’s OS X (10.8) Mountain Lion. This post will show you how to compile the new OMI agent (Open Management Infrastructure), set up communication with the agent through Powershell and finally create a Management Pack to communicate with the OMI agent.

The following parts will be handled in this series:

Part 1 – Apple OSX MP – Configuring your Mac for OMI

Part 2 – Apple OSX MP -The compiling and installing of the OMI agent on your Mac

Part 3 – Apple OSX MP – Query OMI with Powershell

Part 4 – OSX MP – Creating an OSX Management Pack