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Microsoft Enlists Channel Help For Server, Desktop Management

As it strives to improve its reputation in the server and desktop management arena, Microsoft on Tuesday announced worldwide availability of Virtual Server 2005 and Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005, as well as the first public beta of Windows Update Services.

These were a few of the management offerings, resources and tools debuted by Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates at the IT Forum conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, as the company faces increasing pressure to help customers and their solution advisers get more from their desktop and server software.

While Virtual Server 2005 and MOM 2005 were launched late in the summer, Microsoft used the forum to highlight new tools, feature packs and resources for those platforms designed for customers and partners.

Gates, for example, announced the availability of the Virtual Server 2005 migration toolkit to aid in the migration of operating systems and applications from a physical server to a virtual server.

Microsoft also launched two Systems Management Server 2003 feature packs designed to automate the deployment of updates and patches to mobile devices and operating system images to desktops. The SMS 2003 Device Management Feature Pack and the enhanced SMS 2003 Operating System Deployment Feature Pack are available now.

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