System Center Essentials is one of the coolest products coming out of Microsoft this year (IMHO). If you are running the IT Shop for a small or midsize business, you really need to pick up a copy. Supporting up to 30 Servers and 500 Clients, SCE handles monitoring, Software Distribution, Patching, Reporting, all in one package. Read more here. If you are a try-before-you-buy kind of person (and who isn't?) The following will help you out (Couresty of Björn Axéll)
- Download the pre-configured VHD from Microsoft. This is a pre installed and configured environment that you can use for testing.
- Try the System Center Essentials Virtual lab. Here you can test the product without doing any installation. You can also follow a couple of scenario documentation to get un understanding of how the product works.
- Download the Evaluation of System Center Essentials and test to install it on your own.
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