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Microsoft Ships SMS 2003

Early in November, Microsoft shipped the newest version of its November's vulnerability fixes. The company recently moved to a once-a-month patch roll-out, replacing a once-a-week posting of patches. Among the three Windows vulnerabilities announced Tuesday, Microsoft tagged two as "critical," its highest alert level. More information about the vulnerabilities, as well as the patches to fix the flaws, can be found on the Microsoft security Web site.

SMS 2003 is priced at $1,219 for the server license and 10 client access licenses (CALs), or $1,909 with 25 CALs. Additional CALs sell for $279 in packs of five, or $1,089 in packs of 20.

Microsoft's posted a 120-daytry-before-you-buy version of SMS 2003 on its Web site for users to download and evaluate.

enterprise-management software, Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003. This is the opening salvo, said the company, in its Dynamic Systems Initiative, a long-term strategy aimed at making Windows software more self-managing.
SMS 2003 offers tools for delivering critical security patches, deploying Windows applications, and managing network asset-resources in the enterprise.

Relying on new management features within Microsoft Server 2003, the Redmond, Wa.-based developer's newest operating system, SMS 2003 sports a host of new features in the application-deployment, asset-management, patch-management, mobility-management, and server-integration areas, said Joe Wilcox, an analyst with Jupiter Research's Microsoft Monitor.

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