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Can you feel it!? The anticipation is growing as we count down to the Windows Server 2008 launch. Appropriately, the launch theme is “Heroes Happen Here.”
Heroes are big these days. Just ask my wife how much she has spent on superhero action figures and books for our son this past year.
Of course, with Windows Sever 2008 we are talking about real heroes; IT Professionals. And just like the fictional superheroes, these real IT Pro Heroes have their gadgets and superpowers ready to draw on to make them rise above us mere mortals. This year, the big talk amongst the Hero community is a superhero combination that has everyone else down at the “Hall of Justice” turning green with envy; Windows Server 2008 and System Center.
That’s right. System Center is already being used to help Heroes around the world successfully plan, for the smoothest Windows Server 2008 deployments and upgrades so the most efficient management infrastructure can be in place. Windows Server 2008 and System Center, together, these guys have some serious talent.
For starters let’s highlight some of the core ways that Windows Server 2008 and System Center combined provide some real super powers for IT professionals:
What can our customers do today to be optimally prepared and when can they expect to see these two heroes in action together? Customers that want to enjoy the benefits outlined above and be ready for the optimal planning, deployment and management situation should be evaluating and familiarizing themselves not only Windows Server 2008 today, but also the System Center suite of offerings. Trial versions of the System Center offerings are available here.
Customers interested in managing their Windows Server 2008 upgrades and deployments can take advantage of Microsoft’s Enterprise Edition of the System Center Server Management Suite license, which allows customers to manage the entire lifecycle of their servers--including an unlimited number of operating system environments on a single server--with one low-cost purchase and provides economical value for managing physical and virtual environments.
On the compatibility and support front, we’ve made significant investments in the Windows Server 2008 platform. Customers will find that we’re working to ensure that the System Center applications all are compatible and run on Windows Server 2008 as part of their infrastructures. We’re also working on specific support for Windows Server 2008 and its various roles so that customers can optimally deploy, manage and maintain their IT operations. The team is busy at work with the RTM code of Windows Server right now to ensure complete compatibility across the System Center suite and will be providing the necessary updates in the coming weeks and months as you’ll see below. The following provides information on how we define compatibility and support and what we’re doing for each of the System Center offerings in these areas:
Let me outline the compatibility and support for each of the offerings in the System Center family:
Configuration Manager 2007:
Data Protection Manager 2007:
Operations Manager 2007:
Virtual Machine Manager “vNext”:
Capacity Planner 2007:
There are also some of our previous offerings which will most likely not be compatible with Windows Server 2008, but will offer support for Windows Server 2008. Let me run through those as well.
Microsoft Operations Manager 2005:
Virtual Machine Manager 2007:
Hopefully that’s useful information as you’re evaluating Windows Server 2008 and the System Center suite and provides a good overview of the timing and availability of all the components in the suite and their compatibility with Windows Server 2008. For more information on the "better together" story of System Center and Windows Server, check out this page on the System Center site.
The System Center and Windows Server 2008 teams look forward to seeing you at one of the WW launch events this year.
John Novak, Group Product Manager
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