Posted by: kurtsh | July 21, 2009

INFO: Upgrade SMS 2003 to SCCM 2007 for Windows 7

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It’s highly encouraged that organizations with Systems Management Server 2003 that are looking to deploy Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2, begin planning to upgrade to System Center Configuration Manager 2007.

Besides the fact that SMS2003 enters the extended maintenance next calendar year, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 is designed to support our next generation Operating Systems being released in the upcoming timeframe.

What other immediate benefits will they get by upgrading?

  • Vastly improved experience deploying patches using WSUS technology
  • Ensuring compliance using Desired Configuration Management
  • Ability to assign maintenance windows to insure proper scheduling of patches and app deployments
  • App-V integration to manage all application deployments from one toolset whether MSI, APP-V or patch
  • Comprehensive OS deployment using task sequences to simplify the process
  • Client OS based Distribution Points for Branch Office scenarios
  • Management that doesn’t stop at the Firewall/VPN using Internet Based Client Management
  • Improved Asset Management Capabilities and updated software DB
  • Simplify reporting by using SQL Reporting Services

WHITEPAPER: Why Upgrade from SMS2003 to SCCM2007
http://download.microsoft.com/download/9/9/9/9994213d-db9f-4b3b-93b1-3832f85aa555/System%20Center%20Configuration%20Manager%20Why%20Updgrade%20FINAL.pdf

WALKTHROUGH:  Virtual Lab for Upgrading from SMS2003 to SCCM2007:
http://msevents.microsoft.com/cui/webcasteventdetails.aspx?eventid=1032346653&eventcategory=3&culture=en-us&countrycode=us

LINK:  More general information on SCCM2007:
http://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/configurationmanager/en/us/default.aspx

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