image In case you missed the grand announcement over on the System Center Team blog, today they announced their plan to release System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3.  This new release of ConfigMgr 2007 is packed with some extremely cool features that they’ll be talking more about over the coming months.  According to their site: 

As organizations look to reduce financial costs and environmental impacts, power management is proving to be a successful approach. The payback for power management is clear – when a PC is using less power it translates directly into reduced operational costs – either directly through reduced energy consumption or from a growing number of electrical companies that offer rebates to companies that can prove enforcement of centralized power management policies. In addition, continuous PC power management pays environmental dividends measured in terms like Kwh, or CO2 emissions savings.

Forrester estimates that more than 90% of firms are implementing or considering PC power management. Despite the advanced capabilities provided in Windows Vista and Windows 7, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that no more than 10% of all enterprise PCs in use have their power management capabilities turned on today. Without centralized management power management simply doesn’t happen.  Through research with our customers, partners, and industry experts, it became clear that System Center needed to deliver this capability in the box, with ‘R3’ as the release vehicle.  

They also announced that the nomination survey for ConfigMgr 2007 R3 TAP is now open.

To read more about how ConfigMgr 2007 R3 can save you money and how you can access the nomination survey see http://blogs.technet.com/systemcenter/archive/2009/09/08/announcing-system-center-configuration-manager-2007-r3.aspx.

J.C. Hornbeck | Manageability Knowledge Engineer