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I'm more of a developer then an IT guy and I was wondering if there are any existing Microsof tools for monitoring servers and potentially SQL Server.

We have access to MSDN so anything created by Microsoft would be preferred.

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Be careful of what you mean by "access to MSDN" Depending on your level, you may only have rights to use certain things for demo/test, not for production use. Last I looked, Gold Partners only had a small handful of licenses for SCOM. – mfinni May 13 '10 at 15:18
use nagios, scom is for large environments. – tony roth May 13 '10 at 15:24
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You should check out a product called SCOM from microsoft. Depending on if you have a virtual environment or not the pricing is pretty respectable these days.

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Have a look at the System Center products, specifically Operations Manager. It's available to download via MSDN, depending on your subscription level, however I don't know to what extent you'll be able to use it in production since MSDN only provides for single user testing purposes.

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