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.
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:
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,