SMS 2003 R2 Released to Manufacturing

It appears that Systems Management Server 2003 R2 has released to manufacturing.  Continuing the ‘R2’ strategy, SMS 2003 R2 adds functionality on top of an existing product in an evolutionary way (unlike revolutionary upgrades, such as the eventual upgrade from SMS 2003 to System Center Configuration Manager 2007).

Here’s a brief overview of the new features in this release:

  • Inventory Tool for Custom Updates – Allows you to scan for and deploy 3rd party software updates.
  • Scan Tool for Vulnerability Assessment – Uses the MBSA 2.0 engine to scan for common misconfiguration scenarios, such as a blank administrator password.

Find out more about the SMS 2003 R2 update, and register for the free download here.