Microsoft System Center Essentials 2007 (Essentials 2007) is a new management solution in the System Center family of IT systems management products. Essentials is specifically designed for IT professionals working in midsize businesses who often face IT challenges similar to those of larger enterprises – troubleshooting end user problems, automating management tasks, managing multiple systems, and diagnosing and resolving IT problems. This paper provides an overview of Essentials 2007, which is specifically designed and built to help IT professionals in midsize businesses address these management challenges.
System Center is the Microsoft family of systems management products and solutions focused on providing IT professionals with the tools and knowledge to help manage their IT infrastructure. The System Center management tools and technologies help you make operations more efficient, reduce troubleshooting time, and improve your planning capabilities. Historically the System Center products have been targeted at IT professionals working in larger Enterprise IT environments, where specialization is the rule rather than the exception.
However, we recognize that things are different in the IT world of midsize businesses. Many IT pains that midsize businesses experience are related to IT management and include troubleshooting end user problems, automating management tasks, managing multiple systems, and diagnosing and resolving IT problems. Most of these midsize organizations currently have to use a variety of tools to manage their IT environments. Most of these tools are “point” solutions rather than comprehensive management tools. Some of these tools are no more than re-packaged Enterprise IT management tools which can be complex and require a steep learning curve. Most IT professionals have little spare time to learn and take advantage of these Enterprise tools. The tools that are fairly easy to use tend to be narrow in scope and limited in functionality. Based on this type of customer and partner feedback, Microsoft is developing System Center Essentials 2007 (Essentials 2007), a proactive and unified management solution that enables IT professionals in midsize organizations to more efficiently secure, update, monitor and troubleshoot their IT environments. To help you directly address your pain points, Essentials 2007 provides:
- Proactive monitoring, troubleshooting and asset tracking to keep your IT environment secure and up-to-date
- A unified solution with a single console for managing your servers, clients, hardware, software, and IT services
- Efficient execution of complex management tasks like troubleshooting end user issues, monitoring, and server and client software deployment