Microsoft System Center 2005 is intended to deliver integrated IT infrastructure management by bringing together and enhancing the change, configuration, event, and performance management experience provided by Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 and Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005. Microsoft's System Center product family has evolved for over a decade and since the release of System Center 2005 has added support for revolutions in information technology such as virtualization and cloud computing. To learn about modern versions of System Center, see Microsoft System Center hybrid cloud management consulting services.

System Center 2005's IT management tools include:

Change and Configuration Management
As the change and configuration component of System Center 2005, SMS 2003 provides enterprise application deployment, asset management, and security update capabilities for all systems, from devices to servers. These capabilities include:
  • Planning, testing, deploying, analyzing, and optimizing software distribution for reliable application deployment
  • Hardware and software inventory and software usage metering to allow IT staff to better understand their IT environment
  • An integrated set of tools and processes to determine systems in need of updates, and reliably deploy these update in a controlled and targeted manner, allowing enterprises to proactively maintain the integrity of their Windows environment
  • Features Packs to make it easier to deploy system images, manage mobile devices, and operate management tools
Operations Management
The operations management component of System Center 2005 will be delivered through MOM 2005. MOM 2005 helps maintain awareness of your IT environment by directly monitoring the event, health, and performance information of Windows Server System. To increase operator productivity and reduce the time to resolution for issues identified in the environment, MOM 2005 encapsulates the knowledge of true subject matter experts in management packs and exposes this knowledge through the state, alert, and topological views of the new Operators Console. Management packs provide detailed application and product specific knowledge to highlight relevant and important information in your environment, recommend prescriptive guidance for diagnosing issues, and allows IT staff to easily resolve problems with built-in and customizable tasks.

System Center Reporting Server
System Center 2005 introduces the System Center Reporting Server, which consolidates event and performance information from MOM 2005 and change and configuration information from SMS 2003 so that all your management information is centralized in one location. This information can then be utilized for data mining and analysis, or exposed through rich, robust, and extensible reporting built from SQL Server Reporting Services, offering easy access to data you need to manage and monitor your enterprise, providing insight and support for business and IT decisions, and helping to demonstrate the value IT brings to the business.

How Progent Can Help You with System Center 2005
Progent has extensive experience providing Systems Management Server consulting and Microsoft Operations Manager help as well as expertise in supporting and managing multi-vendor networks based on Microsoft, Cisco, Unix/Linux, Mac and other information technologies. This diversity of experience it possible for Progent to deliver comprehensive IT management solutions that utilize the industry's best software.

For more information about Progent's consulting and support services for System Center technology, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent. makes