Sunday, May 4, 2008

Microsoft System Center

Microsoft System Center is a set of server products aimed specifically at helping corporate IT administrators manage a network of Windows Server and client desktop systems. When first introduced, the "System Center" brand included products from the Windows Server System line, but has since evolved to include new products.

As of May 2007, this line of products includes:

* System Center Essentials - Combined features of Operations Manager and Configuration Manager, aimed at small and medium sized businesses
* Capacity Planner - Provides purchasing and best-practice capacity planning guidance
* Configuration Manager - Configuration management, hardware/software asset management, patch deployment tools for Windows desktops (previously Systems Management Server)
* Data Protection Manager
* Operations Manager - Services and application monitoring
* Reporting Manager
* Service Manager - Ties in with SCOM, SCCM for asset tracking as well as incident, problem, change and configuration management (code name Service Desk)
* Virtual Machine Manager - Virtual machine management and datacenter virtualization.
* Mobile Device Manager - Mobile device management (PDAs, smartphones, etc.)

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