I saw an awesome session about this new product called System Center "Essentials 2007" (SCE 2007).
SCE 2007 is an integrated management solution designed for the small & medium businesses with ~50 - 500 pc's
The foundation technologies of SCE 2007 are:
Operations Manager 2007
Windows update services "v3"
SQL Server Express
There is one unified console with different spaces dedicated to performing specific management tasks, with customizable views.
Getting and Staying Secure
Update management capabilities built on WSUS technology
Support for third party updates, drivers , hotfixes and QFEs
Multi member group support for flexible targeting and deployment
Update compliance reporting
Monitoring is provided through the Operations Manager 2007 Management Packs and diagnostics tasks
Management Packs have been tuned for medium sized businesses to reduce the monitoring noise
Distributed Application monitoring
Inline tasks to "fix it now"
State, diagram performance and dashboard views with a neat "Daily Health Report"
With this daily health report you will easily have an overview of what is happening on your network, pretty cool I think.
Server and Support End Users
Deploy software to servers and clients on a simple manner:
Support for MSI and EXE applications
Deployment status reporting
Troubleshooting tasks and views
Take Remote Control of the servers and workstations in your environment.
Keep track of what you have
With more than 30 attributes collected about the hardware installed on your computers the SCE 2007 keeps track of your client and server environment.
With this summary page you are able te see how many and which type of clients you have. It even shows you which applications and how much installations of them there are on your environment.
Everything a small or medium business would ever need.
Provides a single entry point for remote management over the internet of your customers server and client environments
Leverages Operations Manager 2007 as the Service Provider console
Management services enabled include:
Manage customers over the internet in a secure manner
Centrally view customer problem data and health from a single console Report on problems and time spent working on customer issues
Perform remote diagnostics and troubleshooting
Provide a lightweight, simple setup and configuration
Site aware reporting
With the service provide you can easily monitor and update the health of your customers infrastructure.
Beta 2 - 2H 06 - Public beta available for download
RTM - H1 07
This is a great product which has it all monitoring , deployment remote connections, it rulez.
This was the best session I attended yet. I can't wait to get my hands on it.