Just released a great new tool for midsized organizations! System Center Essentials 2010 has released to manufacturing. It is a new management solution in the System Center family of management products that is designed for businesses with up to 500 client computers and 50 servers. System Center Essentials 2010 provides a single solution with a single console for managing your servers, clients, hardware, software, and IT services for a unified experience.

Once configured, you can manually or automatically deploy updates for Microsoft operating systems, hardware updates, third-party updates, drivers and Microsoft and non-Microsoft software applications to ensure the security of your IT environment. Further Essentials 2010 can automatically checks for new updates available and applicable to your IT environment and provides notification and access reports on update deployment progress to help you quickly troubleshoot any update deployment issues.

 Here are some of the key features of SCE 2010:

  • Simple Installation and setup
  • Comprehensive Monitoring
  • Automated Software Deployment and Patch Management
  • Software and Hardware Inventory
  • Virtualization management, including server provisioning and live migration

I am taking it for a test drive in my test network the week of May 17th. I encourage you to do the same and set it up in your lab. If you do drop me an email or post on my blog and let me know how it went for you! You can get the trial code at: http://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/en/us/essentials/sce-try-it.aspx

You can learn more about System Center Essential here: http://www.microsoft.com/sce