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Microsoft to release Systems Management Server SP3

This new service pack gives IT managers using SMS 2003 the ability to support Windows Vista.

Microsoft this week will release a service pack for Systems Management Server 2003 that allows the desktop management software to support Vista.

With SMS Service Pack 3, IT managers can now install Vista updates and applications on Vista desktops, in addition to being able to inventory software and hardware on desktops running Vista.

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The service pack includes the latest fixes for SMS 2003 as well as the asset tracking technology acquired from AssetMatrix Corp. when Microsoft bought the company one year ago. With the AssetMatrix technology, IT managers can create an inventory of more than 400,000 applications that can be recognized down to the patch level, Microsoft said.

Service Pack 3 also adds software license reporting, application views by category and tools that identify application upgrade options.

The next version of SMS, which is renamed System Center Configuration Manager 2007, is in its second beta and will be released to manufacturing during the third quarter of this year.

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