Microsoft has announced a series of new systems management products, to be launched over the next 18 months.
The new System Centre products, announced at Microsoft’s annual management summit, are designed to help IT professionals manage their infrastructure. They will be built around the Microsoft Operations Framework, which is based on ITIL industry best practice.
The launches will include System Center Operations Manager 2007 and System Center Configuration Manager 2007.
Also expected towards the end of 2007 is a new product, codenamed Service Desk, with a workflow engine to provide the basis for automating IT processes. It will include workflow templates based on ITIL best practice.
A configuration management database will underpin Service Desk's asset and change management capability.
Microsoft also announced that Windows PowerShell – formerly known as Monad, an administrative command shell and scripting environment –will be available as a free download in the second half of this year.
The next version of Exchange – Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 – will be the first application to deliver new automation capability based on PowerShell. It will allow routine and repetitive tasks to be automated through a scriptable command-line shell.
Exchange Server 2007, expected at the end of 2006 or in early 2007, will include a graphical management console.