Configuration Manager 2007 R3 is here

Configuration Manager 2007 R3 is here

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The System Center team is very excited to announce the release of System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3.  This release is a significant accomplishment for the engineering team for a lot of reasons.  Not only does ConfigMgr R3 drive new scenario support to existing world class capabilities, it raises core functionality to new levels of industry leading status.

ConfigMgr is already known as a product capable of managing the world’s largest enterprise infrastructures, across the biggest, most distributed and most complex of customers.  With ConfigMgr R3, we increase this to 300,000 managed clients per hierarchy, a number unmatched in the market today.  In achieving this unparalleled position, the team managed to revisit a number of areas of the core product, and drive use case scenarios towards the concept of real time management. 

By tightening our key relationship to Active Directory with finer, more granular polling and delta monitoring, and marrying this with a new ability to rapidly populate those changes into collections; organizations will find a more responsive platform that meets their business needs, not just those of IT.  Real world scenarios have impacted these changes, and we are excited to demonstrate our response to these challenges.

In addition to all of these performance improvements, we have listened to our customers, and understand that with technology demands, you also need to save money, and lower the cost of IT in running a business.  When combined with competitive, environmental and regulatory pressure, it is really exciting to deliver centralized, policy based Power Management “in box”.  This feature alone will drive down the cost of running systems, from the same admin console ConfigMgr Admins have used for over a decade.  Using the same client, the same policy system, and the same processes our other features take advantage of, Power Management is going to drive down the cost of IT like no other feature.  Organizations are already sharing unsolicited data about their savings.  A 20,000 seat organization recently reported that through early conservative power management policies, they will save approx. $500,000 per year.  These kinds of capabilities make a real difference.

ConfigMgr R3 sets a new bar in the evolution towards user centric client management.  Elements now available within R3 are early looks at what you can expect moving forward with ConfigMgr v.Next. 

The core capabilities in System Center Configuration Manager R3 are extended by offerings from a number of partners.  1E NightWatchman software extends administrative flexibility, user empowerment and reporting.   When combined with R3, these provide an example of a best of breed power management solutions for PCs.  The below links provide some additional information about 1E as well as partners  Verdiem and Adaptiva. In particular, about how these partner solutions extend our core functionality.

Some resources for you:

  • Download the evaluation here (live ~2PM PST, Oct 14, 2010)
  • Guest Blog: Configuration Manager 2007 R3 - Power management mission and design philosophy - link
  • Extending System Center with 1E - link
  • Extending System Center with Verdiem - link
  • Extending System Center with Adaptiva – link
  • MVP Guest Blog: How to save money with ConfigMgr 2007 R3 and feel good about it - link
  • Implementing Power Management with Configuration Manager 2007 R3 - link
  • Configuration Manager 2007 R3: Power Management - Traditional Barriers to Power Management - link
  • Configuration Manager 2007 R3: Power Management . What is it and why is it important? - link
  • Power Management with Windows 7 – link

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  • Great job team!

  • Any information about Technet or MSDN availability? Thx.

    Jeff Wettlaufer wrote:  We are looking into this, but I believe these subscriptions are updated quarterly.  I will let everyone know what I find out.

  • Excellent news. When are we look forward to the Forefront Client integration?

    FEP is currently in beta, and will RTM at the end of this calendar year.

  • Congratulationson this significant accomplishment, team!

  • Why is it called Evaluation?? Is that the same as being an RTM?

    Jeff Wettlaufer wrote: RTM = Release to Manufacture.  This engineering milestone is required for any release.  Once RTM has passed, Eval as well as full product can be made available.  Currently R3 is eval is available, and full product will be available to SA customers Nov 1st.

  • I hope to see this kind of criativity in SCCM v.Next, we need more new functions. Congratulations.

  • SCCM 2007 R2 requires Hotfix 977384. The hotfix is only available in English, German and Japanese. When can we expect the versions for ICP1. Thanks in advance. Frank

    These are scheduled for Nov 1st.

  • Errrrm, where does one get this from?!?!

    Lots of links to eval. download, but that clearly states "Configuration Manager 2007 R3 Evaluation will only install on the System Center Configuration Manager SP2 Evaluation product"

     

    Jeff Wettlaufer wrote: the non eval of R3 will be available for SA customers Nov 1st within your MVL pages.  This date was communicated in the announcement.

  • Where is the non-eval RTM download? Do not see it on TechNet or MSDN?

    Jeff Wettlaufer wrote: the non eval of R3 will be available for SA customers Nov 1st within your MVL pages.  This date was communicated in the announcement.  I believe MSDN and Technet subscriptions are only updated quarterly.  i am looking into this.

  • How do you download the non evaluation version?

    Jeff Wettlaufer wrote: the non eval of R3 will be available for SA customers Nov 1st within your MVL pages.  This date was communicated in the announcement.

  • Where is the official non eval download of R3?

    Jeff Wettlaufer wrote: the non eval of R3 will be available for SA customers Nov 1st within your MVL pages.  This date was communicated in the announcement.

  • Where is the official non eval download of R3?

  • you can download it from Microsoft Volume Licensing if you have a SA agreement.

    Jeff Wettlaufer wrote:  I believe this is not until Nov 1st.

  • I am also looking for the non-eval version, but can't find it!

    Jeff Wettlaufer wrote: the non eval of R3 will be available for SA customers Nov 1st within your MVL pages.  This date was communicated in the announcement.

  • How many times does the man have to answer the same question? Read the comments!