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Will SMS 2003 have software auditing and disk imaging tools?

We are currently running Systems Management Server (SMS) 2.0 across our network for remote support and remote deployment of software. We are running separate software auditing tools and disk imaging tools to deploy a large number of different configurations to new PCs prior to deployment. Will there be the capability within SMS 2003 to bring those functions all within the capability of the one product, or do we still need to have separate tools for each of these jobs?

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SMS 2003 does have built-in software auditing (referred to as "software metering"), but does not appear to contain a disk imaging solution. For the full rundown about what will be new in SMS 2003, you can read Microsoft's own documentation here.

This was first published in March 2003

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