The product team is excited to announce the availability of the Operations Manager 2007 Service Pack 1 Release Candidate, on Microsoft Connect.

The key goals of this public distribution of the Service Pack 1 RC is to gain additional feedback from production deployments, to satisfy customers who are awaiting a stable product before the end of the year, and assure that the final RTM is of the highest possible quality. The RTM of Service Pack 1 is targeted for mid-February 2008, and will:

  • Address critical customer initiated issues, including a roll-up of all hotfixes.
  • Improve the ability to deploy and use Operations Manager 2007.
  • Enhance the supportability of Operations Manager 2007.

This Service Pack 1 RC is a publicly available release that is fully supported, and which will be fully upgradable to the final RTM version of the Service Pack. Support options include:

To learn more about the service pack and to download the release candidate do the following:

  • Go to http://connect.microsoft.com and sign-in with your Live ID
  • Click on the "My Participation" link
  • Select the "System Center Operations and Service Management" link

For customers who were not already part of the OpsMgr beta they can sign-up via the http://connect.microsoft.com/systemcenter page.