DSI Takes On Security
and Updates"> Muglia also made a number of product announcements that he said would improve the manageability and security of the Windows Server System, including the release of the first limited beta for Windows Update Services, a core component of its patch and update management strategy and an evolution of the Software Update Services 1.0. A broader beta would be rolled out later this summer, Muglia told attendees. Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005 was also entering its final beta cycle today. The product, which would be available later this year, would include support for business activity monitoring and Web Services monitoring.Also going to beta was System Center 2005, Microsofts first integrated management suite for Windows Server System, which includes System Management Server 2003, MOM 2005 and a new common reporting system. Lastly, Muglia talked about the operating system deployment and device management feature packs for SMS 2003. The device management feature pack, which enters beta today, allows SMS 2003 to manage Windows-based devices running Windows CE, PocketPC and Smartphone software. The OS deployment pack lets SMS deliver bare-metal provisioning of desktops for IT professionals. Turning to security, Muglia said this was a huge area of investment within Microsoft. Over the next 12 to 18 months, the things coming out of Microsoft and from its partners would change the way virus attacks happened and how they affected its users, who would be given the tools they needed to deal more effectively and quickly with these events. "The security threat is not going to go away. Hack attacks will also continue and companies will continue to be targeted in this regard. We are looking at the tools we can provide you to deal with this. Getting security fixes out is key to this, and that is where the Windows Update Services comes into play," he said. Ending his keynote with a DSI roadmap, Muglia said that in 2003 customers saw SMS 2003, and in 2004 they would see the Windows Update Services, Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1, MOM 2005, System Center 2005, the Visual Studio 2005 beta. "Going beyond even that, we will have System Center Version 2, Longhorn [the next version of Windows] and the next version of Visual Studio. DSI will reduce costs and deliver real business value, a management strategy spanning the entire Windows Server System and the enterprise, delivering value today through WS 2003 and SMS 2003. "It has been a great year. We havent always had great management years at Microsoft, but this was and we look forward to this year being an even better one," Muglia concluded. Check out eWEEK.coms Windows Center at http://windows.eweek.com for Microsoft and Windows news, views and analysis. Be sure to add our eWEEK.com Windows news feed to your RSS newsreader or My Yahoo page:
Muglia also announced the release to beta of MOM 2005 Express, expected to be available later this year, and which is a low-cost solution for those companies needing simple monitoring capabilities for Windows Server System.