Some of the most exciting products that will come out of Microsoft over the next year (in my opinion) are in the Management space. While Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) and SMS (Systems Management Server) have been out for a few years, they have primarly targeted large Enterprise environments. A new product, System Center Essentials will be released in the next few months, and will bring the power of MOM and SMS to the Small and Medium Business space. What can be better than being able to monitor your computers/servers, deploy software, track trends, and identify problems before they become critical issues?
Just came across the following training/overview System Center Essentials 2007 Webcasts on TechNet. Check them out to get an idea of what is coming in SCE (pronounced "skee") :)
Importing Third-party Updates
Presenter: Casey McKinnon, MicrosoftThis video provides an overview on how to import third-party updates using System Center Essentials 2007.
Using the Updates Space
Presenter: Casey McKinnon, MicrosoftThis video provides an overview on configuring update management settings, viewing synchronization status, deploying updates, and viewing deployment status reports.
Deploying Office 2007 with System Center Essentials 2007
Presenter: Scott Bleasdell, MicrosoftThis video shows how to quickly create a software deployment package for Office 2007 and approve the package for deployment to Windows client computers using System Center Essentials 2007.
Getting Started with System Center Essentials 2007
Presenter: Scott Bleasdell, MicrosoftThis video provides a high-level overview of all of the major features of System Center Essentials 2007.
Don't forget the Managing a Virtual Solution with System Center (Level 200) webcast at www.microsoft.com/events/series/detail/webcastdetails.aspx?seriesid=101&webcastid=4049.