The Beta 2 of SystemCenter Configuration Manager (the new name for System Management Server (SMS)) has now been posted to https://connect.microsoft.com/
Some highlights of this Beta 2 release of SCCM ’07:
· Admin UI – New MMC3.0 support, Search Folders, Easy Task access, Feature Landing pages and multi select
· OS Deployment – Complete deployment automation for Client and Server
· Desired Configuration Management – Policy based, model driven state management of device roles and regulatory reporting
· Software Update Management – Simplification of Patch Administration for MS, ISV and LoB applications.
· Security integration to Longhorn NAP – Policy based perimeter security integration with NAP services
· Internet Based Management – Manage your desktop, laptop, server or device anywhere anytime.
· Device Management – Over the air management of Windows mobile devices
· Software Distribution – Significant improvements in software distribution, adding granular control functionality to advertisements and collections.
With the release of Beta 2 we are continuing to drive down the cost of running the enterprise. From discovery and inventory through asset intelligence, through OS deployment and into operations - CM ’07 delivers automation to all aspects of the organization. We are continuing to prove we are the best platform for the deployment and management of Windows Vista and Office 2007, through enhancements in OS deployment using the task sequence engine, WinPE boot environment, WIM/WAIK integration and the driver catalogue. Chaining OS deployment for all devices to areas like application distribution, patch management, desired configuration and the soon to be released NAP, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 will prove through a depth and breadth of feature set that this is the strongest tool available to deploy and manage the stack.
We want you to see the power of this major release. Open public beta 2 is now available on the Connect Site. Some mirror sites may not be up to date yet but should be completed by the end of the day 23 Feb 07.