Microsoft Launches Systems Management Server 2003

by Hinesh Jethwani    Apr 21, 2004

Microsoft India announced today the availability of its Systems Management Server 2003 (SMS 2003).

Targeted at enterprise customers, SMS 2003 includes management capabilities that address the areas of security patch management, application deployment, asset management, mobility and Windows Management Services integration.

Communicating to CXOtoday, Tarun Malik, product marketing manager, Microsoft India, said, “Microsoft is constantly interacting with its clients, and we realized that patch management has emerged as a major concern area, and this was kept in mind while creating SMS 2003.”

BHEL (Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited) is an early adopter of SMS 2003. Available through Microsoft distributors across India, SMS 2003 is priced at Rs. 50,000 for ten user licenses of the enterprise edition.

“SMS 2003 is connected to the Microsoft website and constantly monitors the new patches and updates. It then allows administrators to easily monitor the patch state of all systems within the enterprise through a set of powerful web reports. These reports are used to identify any vulnerability in the network, at which point the system can then be used to download and deploy the latest patches from www.microsoft.com, to those machines that require them. In the case of critical patches, SMS 2003 even downloads the patches without any action from the administrator,” explained Malik.

Dr. Nitin Paranjape, chairman and managing director, Maestros Mediline, commented on the occasion of the launch, “Software Asset Management (SAM) is the first step in managing an enterprise effectively and securely. SMS 2003 has now evolved into a compelling set of tools for SAM, patch management, network management and desktop standardization.”

SMS 2003 supports a full management feature set, including software distribution, asset management and remote troubleshooting - without requiring a set of local servers or services. On the security front, Microsoft has incorporated vulnerability identification, assessment and mitigation reporting as well as a patch deployment wizard in SMS 2003.

SMS will soon offer greater support for mobile devices, including Windows CE, XP embedded, and Pocket PC, through a new Advanced Client that automatically checks the size of the connection and adjusts transfer rates as needed.

Malik explained, “The cornerstone features of SMS - software deployment, inventory tracking and remote troubleshooting - are extended in this release, but in addition, support has been added for the increasing number of mobile users in organizations today. This support simplifies management of Windows-based PCs and users who commonly roam to different physical locations, reducing the IT cost of managing such users and machines, and providing seamless one-to-many solutions for desktop, laptop and server users.”

“SMS 2003 will be specifically targeted at all enterprises with a significant desktop deployment,” concluded Malik.

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