SMS 2003 SP1 RC1 (English) Released

The Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1) (Release Candidate) includes the following enhancements targeted at helping to tighten security, increase reliability, and improve scalability:

  • Inventory encryption and client authentication
  • Client certificate provisioning
  • Configurable communications port
  • Watson support for server diagnostics
  • Support for a greater number of distribution points to reduce maintenance cost
  • More granular control of intersite traffic
  • Improved software distribution in multi-site hierarchies
  • Folders structures for queries, packages, advertisements, and reports
  • Ability to bypass inventory of the Windows directory for each inventory rule
  • Client-side performance enhancements for Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI)-based inventory
  • Critical patch management

The Release Candidate 1 build is now available for download at  To download the SMS 2003 SP1 (Release Candidate), you must first register to participate in the SMS 2003 SP1 open beta program. To register, complete the following steps:

  1. Go to the BetaPlace Web site.
  2. Sign in with a Microsoft .NET Passport account. If you don't have a Passport account, you can create one.
  3. In the Guest ID box, type SMSInvite. The Guest ID is case-sensitive.
  4. Click the SMS 2003 SP1, DM, OSD and SDK link and follow the instructions to register.


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