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Today we are pleased to announce the release and availability of System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3! Organizations of all sizes use System Center Configuration Manager for better insight and control of their servers, PCs and devices across physical, virtual and distributed environments. Now, R3 brings a complete set of power management tools for more Green IT, mobile device management capabilities, as well as other enhancements.
Below is a quick summary of what’s new with R3. Go here to download the evaluation software – it will be available at around 2 p.m. Pacific time.
Centralized Power Management
Configuration Manager R3 lets IT organizations centrally manage the power settings of Windows 7, Vista and XP computers, helping reduce energy consumption and costs. You can plan and apply a power management policy for high and low PC usage periods, monitor user activity to avoid any productivity interruptions and correct non-compliance. Detailed reports of trends and settings help you make smart power management choices, and also validate Green IT projects with summaries of power, money and CO2 savings. Learn more here.
Mobile Device Management
Configuration Manager R3 includes licenses for the popular System Center Mobile Device Manager, so you can run comprehensive asset inventories, deploy software, manage settings and enforce password policies for Windows phones.
Enhanced Scalability and Performance
Configuration Manager R3 is more scalable than ever, increasing the number of supported clients to 300,000 per hierarchy. R3 is also more efficient in the way it communicates with Active Directory, helping you discover user or machine changes more quickly and allowing custom queries to define user, system or group attributes.
Finally, it is worth noting that, just like Configuration Manager R2, R3 will be the foundation for the upcoming Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010. By bringing endpoint security into overall endpoint management, you can reduce costs and inefficiencies, and also improve security and compliance.
We encourage you to take a close look at Configuration Manager R3 today!
Can you use the eval to upgrade from SP2 to SP3, or is that going to be released seperately?
Jeff Wettlaufer wrote: I believe this meant to say SP2 to R3, as we do not have an SP3. The min requirement for R3 is SP2.
You gave a link to the eval software, but how do we install R3 in a production environment?
What are the licensing implications for 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. R3 requires Software Assurance.
Can anyone give us an indication on licensing for this? We have R2 installed, but our licences do not have Software Assurance, do we need to completely relicense to enable us to install the R3 feature pack?!
Jeff Wettlaufer wrote: R3, like R2, requires Software Assurance. If you are running R2, but do not have SA, you are not compliant. To access R3, SA is required.
When will the non-evaluation copy be live?
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.
The R3 version doesn't appear to available for download for MSDN user even though the previous versions are. Is it going to be made available for MSDN users to download and test?
Jeff Wettlaufer wrote: Please see previous comments in the treads. We believe these are updated quartely but we are looking into a specific date.
We just got our license for 2007R2 today (27th October) and when I went to download it from MVLS I see 2007R3 in the list? Can we upgrade to R3 or have we just wasted our money?
Jeff Wettlaufer wrote: R3 has been released, but the SA customer none val media will not be live until Nov 1st. you will see your MVLS web site experience update on NOv 1st with the R3 media.