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reporters Margie Semilof and Matthew A. DeBellis.
During the past year, Microsoft says, it recognized the need to shake things up in its management software unit. Driven by a need to attract customers in a sluggish economy, and with a new vice president in charge of the unit, Microsoft hatched the System Center vision. In an interview, David Hamilton, director of product management for the Windows management group, talked about the future of SMS, MOM and Application Center in this new world order in Redmond.
Administrators at freight giant CNF have installed an eye-popping 37,000 Windows desktop patches since August. An IT manager with CNF explained why they needed so many, and he offered some patch management advice for those who need to patch things up in their own organizations.
Customers of Microsoft's management software products need not panic because of a recent shuffle in Redmond, a company official says. Enterprise management executive David Hamilton says that SMS, MOM and other products will not become storage add-ons; their corporate minders will simply have a boss from storage.
Microsoft is charting a new course for its management software products. At the Microsoft Management Summit this week, executives pledged to build manageability features directly into applications, a notable departure from Redmond's past strategy.
Word from the Wise: Microsoft could do a better job of putting management software on the IT map. In an interview, an executive of longtime Microsoft partner Wise Solutions talked about its relationship with the software giant, the importance of change management and other issues.
Dynamic Systems Initiative is its name. Autonomic computing is its game. At this week's Microsoft Management Summit, Redmond will go public with the details of the initiative, which will eventually spread autonomic computing to every part of the Windows empire, according to one Microsoft executive.
The jury is still out on what it all means, but some administrators are expressing disappointment over Microsoft's recent decision to move responsibility for its manageability products from the software maker's Windows group to its storage group.
Windows administrators are eager for Microsoft to share some knowledge wealth with them, according to an executive with Microsoft partner NetIQ. Specifically, they want the lowdown on setting up instrumentation in the management applications, as well as some insight into Redmond's preferred standards for instrumentation.
And then there was one. One management product, that is. At next week's Microsoft Management Summit, the software maker will unveil its plans for Sydney, a project that sources say will combine Microsoft's three Windows manageability products into one.
Altiris plans to use the Microsoft Management Summit as a forum to highlight its strategy for patch management and vulnerability assessment across the Windows and Unix/Linux platforms.
Quest Software made a business decision five years ago to "bet the farm" on Microsoft's security model, and so far it's paid off for the management software company, according to one of its executives. The advent of Trustworthy Computing hasn't changed that strategy, he says, because that initiative is all about customer "comfort."
The Microsoft Management Summit next week in Las Vegas will see the company roll out some details on the consolidation of its three main platforms, as well as the latest test version of SMS 2003.
Microsoft's plan to bring its management products down market to small and medium-sized businesses is a boon for systems administrators in organizations large and small, says an executive of third-party vendor InstallShield. He explains why in an interview with SearchWindowsManageability.com.
Software will always have bugs, so patch management will always be a priority for administrators, especially those who need to keep up with the seemingly endless array of patches issued by Microsoft, according to one ISV. The only solution, says the CEO of Ecora Software, is automated patch management.