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 http://www.microsoft.com/smserver/downloads/2003/sp1beta.asp.  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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