System Centre Essentials 2007 (SCE 207) is the management component of Essential Business Server 2008 (EBS 2008) and is definitely a reason to consider EBS 2008 over Windows Standard Server or Small Business Server 2008. While SCE 2007 is aimed at the systems administrator, it provides value by reducing network management overhead, increasing visibility of network issues and provides comprehensive reporting.
SCE 2007 is installed on the Management Server automatically. Once EBS 2008 is up and running, agents can be deployed from the EBS Management Console. Once PC’s and Servers report in you can get a basic overview of each device from the EBS Management Console where links for various dashboard items take you directly into SCE 2007. Starting SCE 2007 from the start menu gives you full access to reporting, device management, software deployment etc.
SCE 2007 includes management packs for almost all Microsoft products including IIS, Exchange, SQL, Forefront, Sharepoint, Windows server and client products. Third party management packs are available and SNMP is also supported.
Five things you can do with SCE
- Manage patches and security updates from a central point.
- Maintain an accurate hardware and software inventory in minutes not hours.
- Generate health reports to identify issues before they spiral out of control.
- Deploy software to groups of users or computers
- Troubleshoot and fix issues using “Fix Now!”
SCE 2007 has many features that will reduce the network administration overhead freeing the administrator for other tasks. SCE 2007 is also available as a standalone product.