Muglia will also announce the release of Windows PowerShell, formerly known as Monad, in his keynote. PowerShell is a scripting engine that lets users automate things across their Windows environments, Lees said, adding that "a lot of Linux users have looked at it with envy as we are not known for our command line stuff."Windows PowerShell is used extensively in Exchange Server 2007, Longhorn Server and other products to make automation of management tasks easier and richer. Asked if Microsoft is concerned about the potential learning curve associated with the PowerShell command line, Lees said that it is a new way of doing things, adding that when people get used to it, they will see how powerful it is. The fact that the administration is built on top of it and used behind the scenes means that those customers who just use the GUI will not even know they are using PowerShell, which makes it easy for users to quickly get up to speed, he said. Read more here about initial concerns that exchange 2007 migrations will be costly. "The way its architected is that we have a GUI for users to do the management tasks, but the GUI actually utilizes PowerShell behind the scenes to execute, and users can look at the PowerShell script that the that the interface creates if they decide not to automate it. Its like recording a macro when you do something and using it over and over to repeat that," Lees said. FullArmor, /n Software, Quest Software and Power Gadgets have also announced Windows PowerShell-based products that improve Windows manageability, especially on Windows Vista and Windows Server "Longhorn." Muglia will also announce several new developments from Microsoft System Center, including the Systems Management Server 2003 Deployment Feature Pack, which helps make it easier for customers to deploy Windows Vista. SMS 2003 customers can also use Microsoft SoftGrid, via the SoftGrid SMS connector, to accelerate deployments, reduce complexity and help eliminate application to application compatibility problems. The upcoming release of System Center Operations Manager 2007, which will be released in the first quarter of 2007, will enable large-scale health monitoring of Windows Vista environments and also provide new service-oriented monitoring functionality of Office System 2007 and Exchange Server 2007, Lees said. Microsofts Software Assurance Customers are going to get new tools. Click here to read more. System Center Operations Manager 2007 Release Candidate 1 was released recently and is available for download here. Next Page: Updates, RTM.
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