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Sep 8 2009   7:49PM GMT

Prepare for System Center Configuration Manager … R3?

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

It looks like Microsoft isn’t ready to let go of System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007 just yet. Configuration Manager 2007 R3 is on the way – and it’s going green.

In a post on The System Center Team Blog, Microsoft senior technical product manager Jeff Wettlaufer announced that the latest version will include a host of new power management capabilities. The new features are designed to help organizations create solid power management strategies by allowing them to easily monitor power consumptions, enforce policies and generate reports to maintain the desired standards.

For example, administrators will be able to track PC power usage on a day-to-day basis in order to plan power policy settings for their environments. In addition, new reporting capabilities will include data on a network’s environmental impact, such as savings on CO2 emissions before and after power policies have been applied.

Details on other improvements – including OS deployment enhancements for Windows 7 – are expected to come out over the next few months. Folks will also be able to get their hands on SCCM 2007 R3 relatively soon, as a beta release is set for late October.

The official release next year could potentially coincide with Microsoft Management Summit 2010, which despite recent rumors, is officially set to go on as usual next spring.

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