Microsoft has released the latest preview versions of two members of its System Centre 2007 management software family.
The first release candidate of System Centre Essentials 2007 and beta two of System Centre Configuration Manager 2007 are both immediately available for download.
Aimed at mid-sized businesses with between 50 and 500 desktop computers, System Centre Essentials 2007 provides IT administrators with a single console for managing servers, clients, hardware, software and IT services. Enhancements since the second beta include better network monitoring of SNMP-enabled network devices, 64-bit and Vista support, remote control of managed client and server PCs and integration with SQL Server.
System Centre Configuration Manager 2007, the next version of the product formerly known as System Management Server, or SMS, helps Windows-centric businesses automate the set-up of new software and the application of updates and patches.
This version will offer policy-based software update management built on top of Windows Server Update Services, improvements to its operating system deployment features – including support for Vista – integration with the Windows Application Compatibility toolkit to aid hardware assessment and make Vista migration easier, and increased software and hardware asset management.
Configuration Manager 2007 is expected to be released this summer. The beta is available now.