SMS 2003 RTM October 22

Posted by bink on October 9 2003, 2:47 PM. Posted in SCCM (SMS).

Microsoft on Wednesday announced that it's long-awaited Systems Management Server 2003 will be released to manufacturing on October 22.

I Reported on last month that it will be formally released Nov. 11 at the Microsoft IT Forum 2003 in Copenhagen.

The new release, formerly dubbed Topaz and over two years in coming, will emphasize greater support for mobile devices in a new Advanced Client that automatically checks the size of the connection and adjusts transfer rates accordingly. SMS 2003 will also add a much needed checkpoint/restart function that restarts a failed transmission where it left off—down to the byte level. In addition, Microsoft announced that its Microsoft Operations Manager 2004 release, announced last spring, is now in private beta testing with about two dozen customers. The software will go into public beta testing by year's end, according to David Hamilton, director of Microsoft's Enterprise Management Division in Redmond, Wash.

MoM 2004 will include a series of Management Packs for managing Web services components such as UDDI, ASP, .Net and IIS.

It will also include an end-to-end Management Pack for monitoring services that operate across multiple applications and systems.

In addition, Microsoft streamlined the tool's deployment, making it simpler to administer.

Third-party Web services management providers such as Amberpoint Inc., Actional Corp. and Computer Associates International Inc. will integrate with MoM 2004, Hamilton said.

Meanwhile, Microsoft also created a Connector Framework for MoM 2000 to link the tool with heterogeneous network and systems-management tools. It has created three specific connectors for IBM's Tivoli and CA's Unicenter enterprise management systems as well as a connector for Systems Management Arts Inc.'s root-cause-analysis software for networks. These connectors will be released to manufacturing in two weeks. Additional connectors could follow later this fall, the company said. source