Microsoft Announces Availability of Systems Management Server 1.2

REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 19, 1996 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the availability of Microsoft® Systems Management Server version 1.2, the newest version of its systems management software. Systems Management Server version 1.2 has improved inventory, software distribution, remote diagnostics and network monitoring capabilities to provide a robust systems management solution for distributed enterprise systems.

In an effort to lower support costs and manage change, systems administrators are looking for better management of their networked Windows® operating system-based systems. Systems Management Server 1.2 enhances a systems administrator’s ability to address these needs as a part of the enterprise environment. In addition to providing improved performance of existing management services, Systems Management Server 1.2 includes a number of customer-requested features that will allow users to manage their networked Windows-based systems more efficiently.

“We listened to our customers, and, as a result, Systems Management Server 1.2 delivers the key systems management features our corporate customers need,”
said Rich Tong, vice president, desktop and business systems division at Microsoft.
“By building on the success and momentum of previous versions, Systems Management Server 1.2 further enhances hardware and software inventory, software distribution and remote diagnostics capabilities to provide a rich and robust systems management solution for customers.”

Improved Management of Windows-Based Systems

Systems Management Server version 1.2 includes a number of customer-requested features, including these:

  • Secure remote control of Windows NT
    ® -based operating systems. In addition to full screen and keyboard control, systems administrators can perform other administrative functions from a central location including remotely diagnosing, logging on and off, and rebooting any Windows NT Workstation or Windows NT Server.

  • Simple network management protocol (SNMP) event forwarding and receiving. Systems Management Server 1.2 integrates into the enterprise environment. With Systems Management Server 1.2, Windows NT events can be converted and forwarded as SNMP traps to enterprise management consoles, alerting administrators of predefined critical events. In addition, Systems Management Server can receive and store SNMP traps from managed devices and other management consoles.

  • Inventory running as a service for Windows NT-based systems. This enables administrators to perform a background inventory collection, even in

  • Improved network monitoring. Additional Internet protocol support and improved tools enable administrators to better diagnose network problems.

Pricing and Availability

Systems Management Server version 1.2 is now available to distributors throughout the United States and Canada. The five-user version is available for approximately $923 per server license; additional five-user client packs are available for approximately $275. Upgrades for Systems Management Server version 1.0 and 1.1 are available for approximately $169 per server license, with no charge for client license upgrades. For more information, please visit .

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