Microsoft releases Systems Management Server SP2

Microsoft Corporation on Tuesday announced the public availability of Systems Management (SMS) Server Service Pack 2 (SP2), which adds support for Windows 2000 and numerous performance enhancements, including better scalability for large environments. And because SP2 supports Windows 2000 on both the server and client, it facilitates the use of SMS in the rollout of Windows 2000 systems. SP2 also includes Active Directory support so that administrators can use a single console to oversee heterogeneous networks.

"Our customers tell us that Systems Management Server is a critical component in providing great support for all users of Windows in medium-sized and large organizations," said David Hamilton, the lead product manager for Management Technologies at Microsoft. "We have worked closely with customers in full production environments to help ensure that this service pack provides the services and reliability they need to maintain existing systems as well as effectively plan and deploy Windows 2000-based systems within their organizations."

For more information about SMS SP2, please visit the Microsoft Web site.

Correction: The original version of this article stated that Microsoft would be replacing SMS with Host Integration Server (HIS). That is incorrect: HIS will replace SNA Server, not SMS. Sorry for the confusion! --Pau

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