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An eye on Microsoft systems management

Systems management is entering a new era in 2007, with the rise of new technologies that make it easier for IT pros to manage their enterprises. Follow all the news on the latest trends in systems management, as well as Microsoft's growing System Center product family, leading up to the start of Microsoft Management Summit 2007 on March 26.

Microsoft systems management to enter governance fray
By Christina Torode, Senior News Writer
Microsoft's management uberboss, Kirill Tatarinov weighs in on the company's product roadmap as well as its desire to help IT shops tackle regulatory compliance challenges.

Microsoft hits beta milestones but still trails pack
By Margie Semilof, News Director
Virtual Machine Manager and other beta systems management tools got updates at the Microsoft Management Summit, but competing products that are shipping have the edge.

All features now available in new SMS beta
By Christina Torode, Senior News Writer
Systems Management Server v4 beta 2 is ready for download. The new desktop manager supports Wake-On-LAN and sports a new console.

Mid-market management package reaches RC status
By SearchWinIT.com Staff
Microsoft gathers together some management tools for mid-size IT shops in its System Center Essentials Release Candidate.

Service Desk to have its own reporting capabilities
By Christina Torode, Senior News Writer
Despite reports to the contrary, Microsoft says System Center Reporting Manager will remain a standalone product.

Microsoft puts final touches on System Center roadmap
By Christina Torode, Senior News Writer
IT managers look forward to more standard features in SCCM 2007 and less need for third-party tools.

Ambitious Microsoft service desk tool revealed
By Christina Torode, Senior News Writer
More details are emerging about Microsoft's upcoming help desk product, code-named Service Desk, during a hush-hush company road show.

What to look for in a CMDB
By Margie Semilof, News Director
If you are shopping for a configuration management database, make sure it has four key capabilities, Gartner says.

Windows, systems management players gird for battle
By Margie Semilof, News Director
Microsoft has a good shot at grabbing business from the Big Four systems management vendors. But can it ever do more than Windows?

Systems management enters new era
By Margie Semilof, News Director
Say goodbye to the old management frameworks and tedious data collection from individual management tools. New technologies are reinventing a difficult and mundane process.

This was first published in February 2007

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