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image With the launch of Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Exchange, System Center has been building a collection of stories with our friends in the different product groups.  imageIts exciting to see the efforts of everyone on our team light up with the launch efforts.  We wanted to show you how you can see the System Center content on the official launch site. 

1. Browse to the official launch site, ‘The New Efficiency’
2. At the lower center, select the link, ‘Explore the Event’
3. You will see some orange boxes pop up.  Select the ‘Microsoft Expo’
4. When this fires up, you will see the System Center logo. 
5. Follow the logo, and once you are in the System Center area, there are videos, demonstrations and other forms of collateral to enjoy. 

In this site you will see how System Center improves the experience of Windows and Exchange, driving efficiency, lowering costs, and improving security.  In an economy that is significantly different from even a couple of years ago,  IT shops find themselves ‘with less’ having to ‘do more’ .  But, those same pressures exist that have always been there.

System Center plays an ever increasing role in the story.  Merging systems management with security, compliance, mobility, and then trying at the same time to drive indirect savings in areas like productivity.  All of these things hammer the IT department constantly, pressure from the board room down, and from the users inward.  It’s a tough spot to be in, but that’s System Center’s sweet spot.  Right in the middle, quietly automating tasks, providing structure and framework technology to deliver what the organization needs.

I would really encourage you to spend a few minutes in the launch site and check out what we mean when System Center defines the term ‘the new efficiency’ in relation to exciting new products like Windows 7, Windows Server and Exchange.  We hope that you see some things that interest you, and keep checking back for more details on our integration efforts.

For those a little more interested in some hands on experiences, we have a few new TechNet Labs to work through.  These are:

TechNet Virtual Lab: Integrating Application Virtualization into Configuration Manager 2007 R2
TechNet Virtual Lab: Integrating SQL Server Reporting Services into Configuration Manager 2007 R2
TechNet Virtual Lab: Generating Asset Intelligence Data with Configuration Manager 2007
TechNet Virtual Lab: Determining Client Health in Configuration Manager 2007 R2

We also have some new TechNet webcasts coming up – these are:

TechNet Webcast: Asset Intelligence with Configuration Manager 2007 (Level 300)
TechNet Webcast: Automating Windows 7 Deployments Using System Center Configuration Manager (Level 300)
What’s New in Configuration Manager 2007 R2 SP2 and R3
Accelerating the migration from Windows XP to Windows 7


bio pic Jeff Wettlaufer 
Sr. Technical Product Manager
System Center

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