SCCM 2007 Has Left the Building!!

Download the Eval Here: (Note: You will be able to upgrade from the Evaluation version to the final RTM when it becomes available)

Below excerpt from MyITforum

OMG – Anderson’s not dead! Look – a blog entry!  Wow – how time flies. It seems like only yesterday that Brady/I were on stage at MMS, basking in the glow that was the release of SMS 2003. (I think the actual quote he used was, “wow – we should ship a product that works more often” J). Ah, those were the days. We could stand in front of a room, announce we removed logon points, and get applause! Ah, the simple life… Today is the next in that line of milestones. At 4PM today 8/24, the team signed off on System Center Configuration Manager 2007 (still can’t get used to that name!) and we’ve officially released it to manufacturing. What this team is delivering to you is the most SIGNIFICANT release in the 13 year history of the product, and I’m so proud to have been a part (albeit small as I’ve been working on SCCM V5 for a year now!) of the past 3+ yrs of work that has gone into it. It’s significant for so many things. Sure – it’s got a TON of features and functionality that we hope will help you all continue to “do more with less”, “stay TechSexy” or whatever those slogans have said in the past! But it’s so much more than that. It’s about massive investments in making sure the quality is at the point so that you can bet your business on our ability to deliver. We made a quality mistake with you guys 8 years ago, and promised you it would never happen again. We continue with that promise. (I’ll put out test stats in the next few days that will blow your mind!). It’s about significant time in understanding how you’ll upgrade between versions, because we know that the deployment of an enterprise systems mgmt tool is not a “next, next, next, finish (and then reboot)” activity. If you’d like, we COULD bring back “express setup” and it could be that fast! It’s about a commitment to you on schedule. We set an internal schedule 2 years ago that had a bottoms-up RTM date of August, 2007. We HIT that. We know you guys (and gals April et al!) bet your tech strategies on our ability to get you a product in the right time window. We take a lot of pride in being able to deliver that for you. But, most importantly – it’s about you – the 50,000 (ballpark) SMS customers and admins around the globe that continue to support us, continue to beat us up when we don’t get you what you need, continue to add/extend on top of this product we provide, continue to find new business problems to solve with SMS, continue to fight battles with network and security admins to get this product installed right, continue to delight end-users by giving them services w/o them even knowing, continue to evangelize this product to your peers, continue to do what we tell you not to do (edit site control file, work direct to the database, etc), and continue to not only be our customers, but be our peers and friends. Wish you guys could all be here to share with us in this celebration (now THAT would be a party) but a lot of us will be on the road in the upcoming weeks. There is an event in Boston on 10/4, and a few of us (tough life!) will be gallivanting around Europe for MMS Best of Europe road show, culminating in our worldwide launch in Barcelona at IT Forum (yes – that other IT Forum thing!). You’ll be seeing updates on with stuff about SCCM 07 early next week – but I couldn’t wait that long to tell you how much we appreciate all your help in making this happen, and how we know that the battle isn’t over – it’s only begun – as we work together to get you guys deploying this product in the upcoming months!

Bill Anderson
Lead Program Manager
System Center Configuration Manager
Microsoft Corporation


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