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News Roundup: Lots going on with Microsoft System Center

While 2010 is still very young, Microsoft is wasting no time adding updates and new releases to its System Center suite of products. Naturally, there are a lot of different tools and variations involved, so here is a little rundown of what’s been going on:

  1. New updates were released last week for Operations Manager 2007 (both R2 and SP1). These include everything from minor tweaks to support enhancements for Windows 7, Server 2008 R2 and SQL Server 2008.

  1. One of the only System Center products not making noise with some sort of update is Virtual Machine Manager, which had its 2008 R2 launch last year.

  1. Data Protection Manager 2010 should drop any day now. I posted a rundown on most of the key features a few weeks ago, for those interested.

  1. Service Manager will finally launch in the spring, with automation software from Microsoft’s newly acquired Opalis included. Paul Ross, System Center group product marketing manager, explained what the Opalis acquisition meant back in January.

  1. Configuration Manager 2007 R3 is set for the spring, reportedly with a host of new power management capabilities.

  1. No word yet on when System Center Essentials will reach RTM, though the release candidate went out in January and is currently available for download – so you’d have to expect it will be soon.

Also, I’m attending Microsoft Management Summit in April and will be lining up interviews with some MVPs and Microsoft folks, so if there are any specific questions you have or products you want to hear more about, be sure to let me know.

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