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Microsoft Scraps System Center, Plans Modules Instead

Microsoft has scrapped its plan for a single System Center server and will instead launch reporting, backup and capacity planning modules under the System Center banner.

At the Microsoft Management Summit 2005 in Las Vegas Tuesday, Microsoft's top management software executive said the company will continue enhancing its existing Systems Management Server (SMS) and Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) as separate products instead of combining them as previously planned. Instead, Microsoft will offer standalone System Center modules that deliver on the promises of its dynamic systems initiative on top of SMS and MOM.

At the show, Microsoft announced that it plans to release major upgrades of SMS called "Version 4" and MOM dubbed "Version 3.0" in the Longhorn wave of Windows product upgrades in 2006 and 2007. At the Las Vegas summit last year, the Redmond, Wash.-based software giant put into beta testing its planned Systems Center product that was originally designed to integrate MOM and SMS into one server.

With that plan canned, the company highlighted at the management show the planned beta release of a new module called System Center Reporting Manager 2005 due in early May and a Community Technology Preview of System Center Capacity Manager 2006. The beta release of the first module, System Center Data Protection Server was announced last week.

Microsoft also is developing code for a System Center console that will unify and simplify the interface into the Windows data center, other Mcirosoft executives confirmed.

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