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Rob Waggoner

 

We just released System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3.  So what’s R3?  I’ll rattle off a few of the items that got my attention…

The first thing they talk about is R3’s ability to support Green IT.  R3 gives you the ability to build power plan configurations that you can deploy to your workstations (XP, Vista, and Windows 7).  What good is a plan if you can’t prove it’s making a difference?  R3 also includes the reporting capabilities so you can see the power improvements R3 is providing.  Remember that you need to install SQL Reporting Services to be able to leverage these reports, but once you’ve update to R3 and Reporting Services, you’ll be able to see and adjust the power savings to best fit your environment.

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Configuration Manager
2007 R3 quantifies energy
usage trends to help IT
administrators make
smart choices about how
client power settings can
reduce energy consumption
and costs.

 

Some of the other highlights:

  • R3 now supports up to 300,000 managed clients per site
  • R3 now includes access to System Center Mobile Device Management
  • Enhanced Mobile Device management support
  • Numerous performance and scalability enhancements

You can get the latest scoop on System Center Configuration Manager here, and the latest on the R3 additions for Configuration Manager here.  The release notes for R3 are here.  Pricing details are here, but what I want to remind you that if you have Software Assurance on System Center Configuration Manager, the R3 update is no additional cost. 

Until next time,

 

Rob