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System Center Essentials 2007 is released May 2, 2007

Posted by Björn Axéll in SCE.
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As a member in the System Center Essential TAP, this is a big millstone. I have been working with Microsoft the last 2 years and I think the product has really good potential as a System Management product for small and medium companies.

For you that haven’t heard about System Center Essentials (SCE), here is short review!

SCE is a “all in one” System Management product, design for small and medium companies. So, what is a “small and medium” size company? SCE is has a built in limit to monitor 30 servers and 500 clients. The “core” of SCE is built on two products, Windows Server Updates Services 3.0 (WSUS) and System Center Operations manager 2007 (SCOM 2007). With these products “under the hood”, SCE will provide:

Patch Management

SCE is able to handle patch management for all Microsoft product (the same as you have in a standalone WSUS), but it also has the function to import patches from other vendors. As of today, you can import updates from Adobe, Citrix, 1E and HP. Hopefully this list will grow! If this wasn’t enough, you can add “special” updates though a simple wizard.

Software Deployment

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to deploy all of your standard software in the same way you deploy patches? Since SCE uses WSUS, this is exactly what you get. Through a simple 3 step wizard you can add both msi and exe based setup files. When the files has been added to the server, you have the option to select a target for your applications!

Inventory

SCE delivers both Software and Hardware inventory. When you open the console, you get some inventory data that is valuable when trying to help/troubleshoot a client. If you need more detailed information you have a couple of reports that can be used.

Monitoring

Since SCE utilize System Center Operations Manager 2007 (SCOM), you get all the monitoring functionality you have in that product (some functions has been removed since it doesn’t “fit” the small and medium companies, for example Audit Collection Services and role based security). If you are familiar with MOM/SCOM, you probably know what a management pack is. SCE utilize the same management packs as SCOM, but some default values are change during import since the small and medium companies has other “needs” (this doesn’t mean you can’t turn them on). Except for monitor Windows computers, you can also monitor any SNMP device!

 

This is just the “overall” functions SCE will deliver, in the next couple of weeks I will post more details on different functions!

 

Download System Center Essentials 2007 Evaluation

Note! The evaluation copy of SCE has a limitation of 10 servers and 50 agents!

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