As announced on the SCE Team Blog, the Release Candidate of Essentials 2010 is now available for download.  System Centre Essentials (SCE) is Microsoft's integrated virtual and physical IT management solution for medium size New Zealand businesses.

Microsoft® System Centre Essentials 2010 provides a unified IT management solution that enables you to simply and efficiently perform complex management tasks across virtual and physical servers, PCs, hardware, software and IT services from a single console.

  • Delivers single console monitoring and management with summary information, common tasks, alerts and reports, allowing you to quickly see and manage your IT environment.
  • Provides rapid provisioning, importation, management and live migration of virtual servers.
  • Simplifies complex management tasks like packaging and deploying software, and configuring Microsoft and third-party updates.
  • Helps quickly solve problems using integrated alerting, expert knowledge and troubleshooting for servers, PCs and IT services running in your IT environment.

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What’s New in the Release Candidate?

Based on your feedback, the following new functionality is included in the RC:

  • Support for Hyper-V Clusters and Live Migration
  • Performance and Resource Optimisation (PRO) Tips
  • Virtualisation Jobs Status
  • Improved Updates and Software Overview Pages

For information on known issues in the release candidate, please refer to the release notes.

Updated documentation for the RC:

You can give us feedback on the release candidate in the Essentials 2010 Forum.